Daniel Boulud's Celery Root Puree


This celery root puree is courtesy of chef Daniel Boulud, owner of Bar Boulud, and is used in his recipe for Salmon with Salsify.


  • 1 clove garlic, smashed

  • 1 sprig fresh sage

  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

  • 1 ½ pounds peeled celery root (about 2 medium) cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 4 cups milk

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoons sliced fresh chives

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place garlic, sage, and thyme in a piece of cheesecloth; tie with kitchen twine to enclose. Place in a medium saucepan along with celery root and enough milk to cover (you may not need to use all the milk). Bring to a simmer over medium heat; continue simmering until celery root is tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve set over a medium bowl, reserving 1/2 cup of milk and discarding cheesecloth bundle.

  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat until nut-brown in color, about 8 minutes. Remove pan from heat and pour butter into a bowl, leaving any burned sediment behind.

  3. Transfer one-third of the celery root, reserved milk, and browned butter to the jar of a blender; blend until smooth. Slightly mash remaining celery root with a wooden spoon or a potato masher. Stir in pureed celery root mixture and chives; season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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