Braised Celery Root with Chickpeas and Saffron
Large, melon-shaped knobs of celery root or celeriac may look tough to handle, but are actually very easy to cook with. Once peeled, they can be grated like carrots into salads, boiled and mashed like potatoes, sliced and added to soups, or cut and braised in stews. This recipe tastes even better the next day, once the flavors have had a chance to meld. Serve with brown rice, if desired.
1. Bring 1/2 cup broth to a boil in small saucepan. Stir in saffron, cover, and remove pot from heat. Let stand 5 minutes or until saffron has softened and broth is a rich, gold color.
2. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 7 to 9 minutes, or until soft and golden, stirring often. Stir in remaining 1 cup vegetable broth; saffron-broth mixture; celery root; chickpeas; garlic; capers, if using; and red pepper flakes. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 minutes, or until celery root cubes are tender when pierced with tip of knife. Stir in pine nuts and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, if desired; and sprinkle with parsley.