Roasted Roots for Blood at the Root

Blood at the Root, by Peter Robinson, is the 9th in his Inspector Banks mystery series.  I don't like to admit it really, but a male author's perspective is frequently coming directly from Mars (just my personal opinion here) and I often find the writing of women more simpatico. It would be obvious to most why Banks' marriage is failing.  The real mystery is the length of time his wife put up with things.  But his problems, marital, and job related tend to get in the way of the murder solve, and there is a lack of real resolution at the end.  We're supposed to read the next book apparently.   All that aside, I know some of you are total Peter Robinson fans, and actually the plot was quite intriguing with the supposed "good boy" turning out to be something else altogether.  Neo Nazis, race riots and drug exporting behind it all.

As the Publisher's blurb says:
"In the long shadows of an alley a young man is murdered by an unknown assailant. The shattering echoes of his death will be felt throughout a small provincial community on the edge—because the victim was far from innocent, a youth whose sordid secret life was a tangle of bewildering contradictions. Now a dedicated policeman beset by his own tormenting demons must follow the leads into the darkest corners of the human mind in order to catch a killer."

 Does the book have anything at all to do with my meal?    There was nothing food related in it, aside from Pub grub, so not really, other than the "root" in the title.  No blood involved here.  I was just wanting to make something with celery root in it, never having cooked that vegetable before.  Luckily, my market had some lovely looking specimens on offer.  Greens still on them.

I cut down and adapted a recipe recently posted by someone, whose name I neglected to record.

                                      Roasted Celery Root and Carrots

  • 3 pounds celery root, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme (I used fresh sage)
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika (I used smoked paprika)
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Place a rimmed baking sheet on the bottom oven rack and preheat to 425 degrees F.
Toss the celery root with 4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and salt to taste in a bowl. Pile onto a double layer of heavy-duty foil; bring the ends together and crimp closed to seal. Put the packet on another baking sheet and roast in the middle of the oven until almost tender, about 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, toss the carrots with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon thyme and 1/2 teaspoon paprika in a bowl; season with salt. Spread on the preheated baking sheet and roast until tender, about 35 minutes.  Note: I wouldn't put it back on the lowest rack, my carrots came out a bit too blackened on their bottoms.
After the celery root has roasted for 25 minutes, open the foil and spread on the baking sheet; roast 15 more minutes. Toss with the carrots and parsley. 

A perfect accompaniment for our seared steaks, and some tomatoes with basil.  The subtle celery flavor was quite nice with the added smoked paprika and sage.  I'll share this with Beth Fish Reads for her Weekend Cooking event, which you are welcome to visit, check out lots of good food and things to read, or also to contribute a food related post on the weekend.


Beth F said...

I love roasted root veggies! And love your tie-in with the book. Ha!

Deb in Hawaii said...

I love how you worked the title for a book-inspired dish. Your veggies look so tasty. I need to cook more with celery root. I seldom do but always enjoy it when I do. ;-)

Judee Algazi said...

I have yet to ever try celery root, despite that I received two that are sitting in my refrigerator from my CSA farm. It looks so intimidating but now I have a recipe. Looks delicious

Mae Travels said...

Roasting celery root is news to me -- I've eaten it as a "crudité" in French dishes with raw grated carrots and vinaigrette sauce. I can see how it would be good with smoked paprika and your other flavors. I just checked -- evidently I have read some of the Inspector Banks novels but at the moment I have forgotten them completely! Maybe I read too much.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Tina said...

Very clever making a meal on the title, I like it. I have not tried celery root before so I’m glad you posted the recipe.
I am a fan of the DCI Banks series but I agree with you on his issues about the failing marriage. If you are reading them in order you’ll have some surprises.

Carole said...

It looks like your celery root is what we call celeriac. Interesting. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter