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. —LeBec Fin
- Makes 16 dumplings
spring onions, white and green parts, minced
bacon,cooked medium ,chopped
lovage, chopped ( optional)
peeled baking potato, cut into 1/2 " slices
peeled celery root, cut into 1/2 " slices
large egg, beaten lightly
hazelnuts, skinned, toasted, chopped roughly
grated Parmesan, optional
- Saute the scallions for a few minutes in hot melted butter. Remove from heat and combine in bowl with bacon and lovage. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Note: If dough is too soft or crumbles in cooking, add some flour and knead in thorooughly.
- 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.