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DigiBites: Rooting Around For Distinctive Side Dishes This Thanksgiving

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Chef Charlie

Hello 24/680 Food Followers:

Although Thanksgiving is about tradition, I do like to offer food ideas to “mix it up” menu-wise.  Mashed potatoes are a staple and a required companion to the turkey.  I’m suggesting a slight variation to include celery root (celeriac) and rutabagas (when was the last time you ate one of those!).  Here’s a tasty and unique combination that I think our readers might enjoy!

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Mashed Roots with Scallions

2 pounds celery root (celeriac), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 pound rutabagas, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced (white and green parts)

6 tablespoons butter, divided

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 cup sour cream

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  •  In a large pot, simmer the celery root, rutabagas and potatoes until tender, 15 – 20 minutes.
  •  Drain the root vegetables.  Using a potato masher, mash the vegetables until chunky.  Add 3 tablespoons butter and mash until chunky-smooth.  Fold in the half and half, sour cream, and scallions.  Add kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  •  If not serving right away, place mixture in a serving dish.  20 minutes prior to service, top with remaining butter, and place in a 350˚F oven until butter is melted and the purée is warmed through.

Serves 8

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  1. I can’t cook AT ALL so I’m really the perfect guest when it comes to thanksgiving dinner – I love everything you put in front of me! If you want to keep me really happy I prefer FRESH whipped cream to that spray spackle stuff you get out of a can. Just putting in my requests now while there is still time!! And have a good Thanksgiving, people — we deserve one.

  2. Dinner is planned and ready but I think I’ll give this a try as soon as we run out of leftovers. Can anyone say “Turkey Sandwiches?!?” Have a good time everyone. No politics at the dinner table.

  3. I’d be interested in hearing what Chef Charlie thinks about the various movies about his line of work and their depictions of chefs? I’ll nominate “Chef” with John Favreau because it was the last one I saw that I enjoyed but there was also that Bradley Cooper one of him working in France and others too. Good movies about cooking?

    • Such a great question as we head into a holiday weekend! I’ll check out Burnt with Bradley Cooper. I have a number of “foodie” films that I can watch over and over. I liked “Chef”. There’s “Big Night”, Movie night during our French tours always features ”The Hundred-Foot Journey”. It’s a great ethic-food-culture blend that leaves me uplifted and reconfirms why I decided to devote my life to food, cooking and teaching. When we travel to Burgundy, we watch “Chocolat” and visit the village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain where it was filmed. And, can’t forget Julie and Julia. For me, just a constant reminder that it’s never too late to start something new, never stop learning, and if you do anything, do it well! That’s Julia Child! Having met her, and travel annually to her French home near Nice, she is my food hero! And there you go! Happy watching!

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