A Surprising Vegan Starter: Celeriac Chops Recipe by Vegan Chef Avi-jean Levy

This vegan Celeriac Chops recipe came into being as I was looking for inspiration for my first festive holiday dinner as a vegan. 

I wanted to create a dish that will present an elegant and compassionate substitute to a meat starter. As I was looking at the celeriac in my fridge, this festive celeriac dish suddenly appeared in my imagination.  

Celeriac, also referred to as turnip-rooted celery, knob celery, and celery root, is a root vegetable that is edible both raw or cooked. In this recipe it is seared on both sides and covered in a sweetened sauce to create a beautiful texture and harmonious flavor. 

Festive Vegan Celeriac Chops

Festive Vegan Celeriac Chops

Enjoy! 

Vegan Celeriac Chops

Ingredients:

1 Large celeriac head cut into two

4 tbsp Olive oil

Pinch of coarse salt

Pinch of Thyme

Sauce ingredients:

1 tsp Olive oil

1 Sliced garlic clove

2 tsp Date honey

1 tbsp Soy sauce

¼ Cup semi-dry red wine

Pinch of dry Thyme leaves

¼ tsp Cardamom powder

¼ tsp Nutmeg powder     

Preparation:

  • Cut the celeriac into 1cm thick slices.
  • Mix the 4 table spoons of olive oil, with a pinch of salt and Thyme in a ball, and use the mixture to grease the celeriac slices.
  • Heat up a griddle pan on a high heat and when it is hot place in the celeriac chops to be seared for 5-10 mins on each side. Be sure to turn them to create the grill stripe effect on both sides. 
  • While the celeriac chops are being seared, warm up an additional pan for the sauce and add the tsp of olive oil and the sliced garlic and simmer for about two minutes.
  • Add in the date honey, soy sauce, cardamom, nutmeg, thyme and wine and reduce while stirring occasionally.
  • Dip the celeriac chops into the sauce and arrange them on a plate.

For extra elegance serve alongside a mixed green salad. 

Festive vegan celeriac Chops

Festive celeriac chops

Celeriac Chops

Avi Jean

Avi-jean Levy – Founder and creator at Vegan Art

Switching to a vegan healthy diet about a year ago, I was pleasantly surprised at how extensively my culinary world has increased and developed. From meat and some side dish, my culinary world has expanded to a wide variety of flavors based on plants, and an endless world of possibilities based on nuts fruits and vegetables.

With the transition, I’ve discovered new ways of eating and new foods that were exciting and fascinating to me. The strong sense of creativity that these feeling brought about gave life to my culinary blog and Facebook page where I get to share my creations.

Avi-jean is a Raw Vegan Chef based in Israel; offering cooking workshops, raw vegan courses, and creating vegan recipes presented in an artistic and alluring presentation. Visit his website Vegan Art and his Facebook page here.

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Avi-jean is a Raw Vegan Chef based in Israel; offering cooking workshops, raw vegan courses, and creating vegan recipes presented in an artistic and alluring presentation.

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