Potato Celery Root Purée (from Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook)

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Potato Celery Root Purée
This recipe (one serving = 1 1/2 cups) has a Balance Factor of -16. The infamous Ina Garten sears scallops to put on top but you could use shrimp or fish instead.
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Balance Factor -16
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Balance Factor -16
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large (8- to 10-inch) saucepan or Dutch oven. Rinse the leeks well in a colander, spin them dry in a salad spinner, and add them to the pot. Sauté them over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender but not browned.
  2. Add the potatoes, celery root, cream, 4 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper to the pot. stir, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to very low, cover the pot, and simmer gently for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender. Be careful - don't let the vegetables scorch on the bottom of the pan!
  3. In batches, pour the mixture into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and pulse until coarsely puréed. Taste for seasonings, return to the saucepan, and keep warm over very low heat. If the mixture gets too thick, add a little more cream.
Recipe Notes

This recipe could be served on its own and tweaked to reduce its calories or dairy content.  Try using 1 1/2 cups milk and 1 1/2 cups heavy cream (instead of 3 cups of heavy cream) to reduce the calories to 366 with a Balance Factor of 1.  Or substitute the heavy cream for coconut milk and the calories reduce to 328 with a Balance Factor of 4.

Nutrition Facts
Potato Celery Root Purée
Amount Per Serving
Calories 489 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 30%
Vitamin C 52%
Calcium 7%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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