Spicy Celeriac Fries

Serves 4 to 6.

Note: Ready in minutes, these are a healthful alternative to French fries. You can make them ahead and hold them in a warm oven. Be warned that they’re so finger-licking good, you may find yourself eating the whole batch before they’re served (so go ahead and double the recipe). From Beth Dooley.

• 1 large celeriac root

• 1/4 c. vegetable oil

• Pinch paprika

• Pinch cayenne

• Pinch cinnamon

• Coarse salt and black pepper

• Parsley for garnish

• Lemon wedges for serving


Peel the celeriac and cut into long, thin sticks.

Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high and add the celeriac sticks and toss to coat with the oil. Cover the pan, reduce the heat and cook until the celeriac is just tender, about 10 minutes.

Remove the lid and sprinkle the celeriac with the paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Continue cooking, turning frequently, until the sticks have browned on all sides, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove, sprinkle with more salt and adjust the seasonings and serve right away with the lemon wedges or place on a parchment-lined baking sheet to hold in a 300-degree oven until ready to serve.

Nutrition information per each of 6 servings:

Calories 100 Fat 9 g Sodium 45 mg

Carbohydrates 5 g Saturated fat 1 g Total sugars 3 g

Protein 1 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 1 g

Exchanges per serving: 1 vegetable, 2 fat.