Monday, October 18, 2010
Celery Root Salad... (Yogurtlu Kereviz Salatasi)
I am Turkish, and I like the tastes and flavors of Turkish cuisine... This celery root recipe is not a traditional Turkish recipe but a recipe that has been prepared in my family's home in Turkey for years. It is usually served next to other savory dishes (pastries, salads) with Turkish tea when you have guests in between meal times...
I usually prepare this dish as meze (small platters - mediterrenean, middle eastern version of tapas) or as a starter next to stuffed philo triangles... It is a really easy, very tasty and surprisingly healthy dish... The recipe will be enough for 6 people as starter and more as meze...
- 2 medium size celery roots (when peeled will weigh 800 gr)
- 500 gr Mediterranean yoghurt (it is thicker and creamier than the standard yoghurt in North America)
- 3 medium size garlic cloves
- 3/4 cup chopped walnut
- juice of half a lemon
1- Pick a medium to big size mixing bowl for the recipe, and squeeze half lemon's juice to the bowl.
2- Peel the celery root until you remove all the brown (brownish) colored outer covering. You need a strong knife for this.
3- Grate the celery roots with a grater, and immediately mix the grated celery root with the lemon juice in the bowl (because peeled celery roots can get dark very quickly).
4- In another mixing bowl, mix the yoghurt, 3 garlic cloves (minced or crushed into small pieces) and salt (to your taste - if you have no idea I recommend 1,5 teaspoon).
5- Chop 3/4 cup walnuts into small pieces (you can increase or decrease the walnut amount to your taste).
6- Mix celery root with walnuts and yoghurt mixture.
7- Put into your serving plate or bowl. I sprinkle some crushed red peppers and top with chopped walnuts.
8- Enjoy with crackers, pita, bread or by itself! Afiyet Olsun! (Turkish for Bon Appetit!)