A whole celeriac in a pastry crust, with a blue plate of food sitting next to it

Salt-baked celeriac with sourdough stuffing

  • serves 4
  • Easy

The perfect vegan centrepiece, Richard Makin's clever hidden-celeriac bake is so delicate, you can spoon it right out of the crust. The centre is filled with a flavoursome hazelnut and shiitake sourdough stuffing

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Try this salt-baked celeriac, then check out our vegan wellington, vegan nut roast, whole roast cauliflower and more vegan dinner ideas. Also take a look at our collection of celeriac recipes for more seasonal veg inspiration.

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Ingredients

  • celeriac 1 large, scrubbed and trimmed but not peeled

STUFFING

  • dried shiitake mushrooms 50g
  • vegan butter 40g
  • onion 1 large, finely sliced
  • garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • dates 4, pitted and roughly chopped
  • brown rice miso 1 tbsp
  • red wine vinegar 1 tbsp
  • agave syrup 1 tbsp
  • chives finely chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • flat-leaf parsley a small bunch, finely chopped
  • dried sage 1 tbsp
  • hazelnuts 50g, toasted
  • stale sourdough bread 100g (about 4 large slices), cut into 1cm cubes
  • vegetable stock 150ml

HERB RUB

  • flat-leaf parsley a small bunch, finely chopped
  • sage a handful of leaves, finely chopped
  • garlic 1 clove
  • rapeseed oil 3 tbsp

SALT CRUST

  • cornflour 2 tbsp
  • fine sea salt 400g
  • flat-leaf parsley a small bunch, finely chopped
  • sage a large handful of leaves, finely chopped
  • black peppercorns ground to make 1 tbsp
  • aquafaba 100ml (aka the water drained from 2 x 400g tins of chickpeas)

Method

  • Step 1

    To make the stuffing, put the shiitakes into a small bowl and pour over enough just-boiled water to cover. Leave for 30 minutes, then drain and finely chop.

  • Step 2

    Heat the butter in a frying pan and gently cook the onion and garlic for 10 minutes until softened but not browned. Add the chopped shiitakes, dates and brown rice miso, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the vinegar and agave syrup, stir and cook for another minute before removing from the heat. Stir the herbs and toasted hazelnuts through the onion mixture. Tip into a large bowl with the chopped sourdough and stir through. Add the vegetable stock and season.

  • Step 3

    Slice a cap off the top of the celeriac no more than 3cm deep. Using a sharp knife or a melon baller, scoop a hole into the centre of the celeriac, around 5cm wide, all the way to the bottom, but not through the skin (freeze the scooped-out celeriac to make stock later). Fill the hole with some of the stuffing and cover with the cap.

  • Step 4

    To make the herb rub, whizz all the ingredients in a small blender or food processor. Using a pastry brush, cover
    the whole of the outside of the celeriac with the rub.

  • Step 5

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. To make the salt crust, put all the ingredients, except for the aquafaba, in a bowl. Add the aquafaba, little by little, mixing after each addition. The texture of the crust should be like wet sand. On a baking tray, put a layer of the salt crust wide enough to sit the celeriac on. Put on the celeriac, then paste the remaining salt crust around the celeriac, making sure the whole thing is covered and sealed. Put in the oven and bake for 2 hours.

  • Step 6

    In the final half an hour of baking, put the remaining stuffing in a ceramic baking dish and put in the oven until crisp and golden brown on top.

  • Step 7

    Remove the stuffing and celeriac from the oven. Test the celeriac by inserting a skewer through the salt crust. It should be very soft inside – if it still feels firm, return to the oven for a further 30 minutes.

  • Step 8

    Allow the celeriac to rest for 15 minutes, then serve by cracking open the crust with the handle of a knife. Slice or scoop out the soft celeriac and serve with extra stuffing.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 501
  • Fat 25.7g
  • Saturates 3.1g
  • Carbs 51.2g
  • Sugars 16.3g
  • Fibre 7.9g
  • Protein 12.2g
  • Salt 2.6g
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