Fried celery root with Chimichurri sauce

Chimichuri sauce – is a favourite of mine. It’s originally an Argentinian sauce, but the very first time I had it, was on a trip to Venezuela – and it was love at first sight  taste.

It has an intense and incredible flavour, given by the fresh herbs, the chilli, the lemon juice, and the garlic. It’s so good with so many things: fish, chicken, lamb, fabulous in sandwiches, drizzled on pizza, as dip for a slice of freshly baked bread, with omelet , or just served with vegetables.

I speculated on how it would taste with different things and came up with the idea of pairing it with root celery and …  it’s pretty magical!

I was lucky enough to find fresh parsley and oregano in my garden  – how lucky can you be?

Fresh oregano

Fresh oregano

Fresh Parsley

Fresh Parsley

Fresh Cilantro

Fresh Cilantro

Chimichurri Sauce 

One bunch of fresh Italian parsley

One bunch of fresh oregano

One bunch of fresh cilantro

Juice from one lemon

A small shallot

One green chilli pepper – half if you don’t like it too hot

3-4 cloves of garlic

2-3 spoonful of good wine vinegar

1 cup of olive oil

1 small teaspoon of sea salt

Wash the herbs and dry them before throwing them in a blender along with the shallots, garlic, chilli, sea salt, olive oil and vinegar. Blend into a smooth and delicious sauce.

Shallot

Shallot

Garlic

Garlic

Lemon

Lemon

Chimichurri

Chimichurri

I find that root celery is a most wonderful vegetable – it can be used in so many ways, steamed, fried, baked, mashed – it’s so versatile and delicious!

Root celery

Root celery

Peel the skin off them and slice them like this,

Sliced root celery

Sliced root celery

Gently fry the slices of root celery in olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt & freshly ground pepper – then serve with the chimichurri sauce on top of the slices with a squeeze of lemon.

Fried root celery with chimichurri

Fried root celery with chimichurri

Lunch dinner or side dish

With a squeeze of lemon….

Other great recipes for root celery

Delicious Mashed Celery from “Simply Recipes”

Wonderful Creamy Celery soup from “Orangette”

Fabulous Celery salad with apple and fennel from “Daily Bites blog” 

And Celery steak with mushrooms from my blog

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