Roast Beef and Celery Root with Watercress Salad
Never tried celery root? Just slice off and discard the root end, then peel with a vegetable peeler. Cut it into chunks and steam, boil, or roast for a hearty side.
- 2 1/2 pounds top round roast
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
- 2 medium bulbs celery root (2 pounds total), peeled
- 3/4 pound red new potatoes, halved if large
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar
- 1 large bunch watercress (10 ounces), trimmed
Remove roast from refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using kitchen twine, tie beef at 1 1/2-inch intervals; pat dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil on high. Brown roast all over, 9 minutes. Place on a rimmed baking sheet; sprinkle with thyme. Reserve half of one celery root for roast beef sandwiches; cut remainder into 1 1/2-inch chunks. In a bowl, toss celery root and potatoes with 2 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper; add to sheet. Roast until beef is medium-rare, about 40 minutes (an instant-read thermometer inserted in center should register 125 degrees). Transfer beef to a cutting board; tent with foil. Let rest 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together lemon juice, vinegar, and 2 tablespoons oil; season dressing with salt and pepper. Save a handful of watercress for sandwiches; toss remainder with dressing. Reserve one-third the beef for sandwiches; slice remainder. Serve beef and vegetables with salad.