Babcia's Bratwurst and Celery Root Soup

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Author Notes: Bratwurst and celery root. So, so weird, right? So, so wrong. It's a natural hookup on soup night. Add a few bunches of greens and a little beer, and it's like your Polish grandma hopped in the pot and melted into magic. Can be reduced until it is almost stew or left with lots of liquid for bread-dipping.marisab67

Makes 2 quarts

  • 1 cup celery root, peeled and chopped.
  • 1/2 cup sweet, yellow, or white onion. Diced.
  • 1 bunch whichever green is looking the saddest in the bin or the equivalent of 3 cups chopped. Mustard greens are perfect. The spiciness is a great addition. Escarole is my other favorite.
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and diced.
  • 3 yukon gold potatoes, washed and diced.
  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup dark beer
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon stoneground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt. Adjust based on saltiness of stock.
  • 20 grinds fresh pepper or
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper, but come on, you subscribe to goop, get a grinder.
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 2 quarts chicken stock.
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (optional)
  • 1 pound bratwurst, uncooked
  1. Heat the butter or oil in a 4 quart pot and saute the sausage and onion until lightly translucent. Remove from heat and cut in half, then slice into 1/2 inch chunks. Add mushrooms, celery root and carrots and continue to cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Now add escarole, potaotes and garlic. and stir until wilted. Saute for 5 more minutes.
  2. De-glaze pot with 1/2 of beer and then add rest, plus the dill and mustard.
  3. Add stock, bring to boil, and turn down to medium heat.
  4. Cook for one hour and remove from heat. More stock can be added if thinner soup is desired. If available, add the fresh lemon juice right at the end. It makes a brighter soup. Season to taste one more time and serve with pretzel rolls. Really. Get the pretzel rolls.
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