Celery Root Potato Dumplings Filled with Spring Onions and Bacon

By • April 24, 2012 • 7 Comments

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Author Notes: With our wonderfully early Spring, I was thrilled that our lovage made it through the winter and came up next to our spring onions. I wanted to pair the two , and while experimenting with celery root, decided to combine the spring onions with bacon as the surprise at the heart of some celery root and potato dumplings. Celery root and lovage are very similar in flavor, and the lovage adds a highly perfumed punch, but if you don't have lovage, your dumplings will still be full flavored.LE BEC FIN

Makes 16 dumplings

  • 2.5-3 ounces spring onions, white and green parts, minced
  • 1.8-2 ounces bacon,cooked medium ,chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lovage, chopped ( optional)
  • 9 ounces peeled baking potato, cut into 1/2 " slices
  • 9 ounces peeled celery root, cut into 1/2 " slices
  • unsalted butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons semolina flour
  • 4-6 tablespoons potato flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten lightly
  • kosher salt
  • unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, skinned, toasted, chopped roughly
  • 1/3-1/2 cup grated Parmesan, optional
  1. Saute the scallions for a few minutes in hot melted butter. Remove from heat and combine in bowl with bacon and lovage. Set aside.
  2. In a tiered chinese aluminum steamer, fill one tier with one layer of celery root and another tier with a layer of potato. Steam 8-20 minutes til totally soft.(Alternatively, place each in its own saucepan with some boiling water, cover and cook til soft .Drain.) Transfer the hot potatoes to a bowl , and mash til smooth with a potato masher or ricer.Puree the hot celery root in a processor. Combine the two; add egg and mix thoroughly. Add flours, S and P. If dough is too sticky, add more flour.
  3. With wet hands, take up about 3 Tablespoons of dough , roll it into a ball and flatten into a 4" wide disc in your palm. Put about 1 teaspoon of bacon filling in the middle, fold over, pinch and form into a ball, smoothing and sealing all cracks and seams with some water. Continue til dough is used up.
  4. In a wide shallow straight sided pan, heat 3-4" of water(or chicken stock) to a boil. Turn heat down to below a simmer (about 195 degrees F).Add dumplings (water will cool) and adjust temperature back up to 195 degrees. Do not let water simmer. Cook about 20 minutes til dumplings rise to surface. Remove with a slotted fish spatula and keep warm.
  5. In a thin coat of hot melted butter, saute dumplings a few minutes.Remove from pan and set aside. Add hazelnuts to hot butter and toast a few minutes. Serve dumplings topped with hazelnuts and optional cheese, as an entree or side dish.
  6. Note: If dough is too soft or crumbles in cooking, add some flour and knead in thorooughly.
  7. Alteratively: Bring to boil a wide pot of water 3-4" deep. Turn down to below simmer, add dumplings, cover, turn off heat and let sit,(no peeking) for 20 minutes.
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Smokin_tokyo

over 2 years ago BoulderGalinTokyo

Sigh, looks so good. But celery root is the same as fennel--UNavailable. Would reg. celery be too strong?

Smokin_tokyo

over 2 years ago BoulderGalinTokyo

And what to replace the lovage? That new to me. Instead of celery, maybe all potato?

Photo_squirrel

over 2 years ago LE BEC FIN

celery doesn't have any starch to make it work. how about parsnip or carrot or sweet potato? i tried it with japanese sweet yam (red outside) and it worked. Just skip the lovage, or what about mitsuba? (i won't make your usual joke about cardamom and fennel!)
best,
mindy

Smokin_tokyo

over 2 years ago BoulderGalinTokyo

Mitsuba (some in the garden now) sounds really good for the lovage. I could use the yam but a carrot has less Calories--means less starch to hold it together?

Photo_squirrel

over 2 years ago LE BEC FIN

you know, gal, i think it would work w carrot because i know it works w parsnip. prob more flavor too (than swt pota). i still haven't decided re exact flour amount.Plse tell me what you think when you try it.

Dscn2212

over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh yum! Great combination.

Photo_squirrel

over 2 years ago LE BEC FIN

thnx so much!!