Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes with Celeriac

15 minutes prep 30 minutes active cooking 45 minutes total
Makes 6 servings

Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, always made with russets, butter, and milk, were my favorite.

We’d form them into starchy mountains, create a well in the middle, and make a lake of gravy. While this version of mashed potatoes would be right at home on your Thanksgiving table, it’s too good to only eat once every year. And it doesn’t even need gravy. You can make it with russets, but I like to use yellow spuds.

What You'll Need


For the shopping list

  • 3 pounds of celery root
  • 3 pounds of yellow potatoes
  • To taste black pepper, freshly ground

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From the kitchen

  • 1 Chef's Knife
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1-3 Soup Pots
  • 1 Skillet
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons

“Stir in a lot more extra virgin olive oil than you think you should”

~ Jim Dixon, founder Wellspent and Real Good Food

What you'll have to do

Step 1

A softball-sized celery root weighs about 3 lbs, so get the same amount of spuds. If you’ve got more than 6 people to feed, double that. Trim and peel the celery root and potatoes, then cut them into roughly equal sized chunks.

Step 2

Steam or boil the potatoes and celery root together until easily pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes.

Step 3

If boiled, drain well, then put the pot with the vegetables on medium low heat for a few minutes, shaking the pot often, until any remaining moisture is gone.

Step 4

Use a potato masher or fork to coarsely mash the vegetables.

Step 5

Stir in a lot more extra virgin olive oil than you think you should, at least a quarter cup, preferably more. Season with salt and black pepper, taste and add more if needed.

Step 6

For more dramatic presentation, heat the chickpeas, lentils, rice, and pasta separately. Arrange them on a serving platter with the tomato sauce and let everybody mix their own bowl of koshary.

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