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Poached Egg & Roasted Celeriac Sandwich with Kale Pesto – Spiced Curiosity #vegetarian

Monday, February 3, 2014

poached egg and celeriac sandwich with kale pesto – winter tricks

One of the things I love about winter is experimenting with what food it has to offer (note: due to Polar Vortex Part Deux, this is probably the only thing winter has going for it right now). Weird roots that survive the frost or fall veggies that survive well in storage tend to pop up in the kitchen. A particular “root” that’s “spiced” my curiosity (ha!) is celeriac.

Poached Egg & Roasted Celeriac Sandwich with Kale Pesto – Spiced Curiosity #vegetarian

Not a root you’d like to meet on a blind date, but it’s definitely a fair-or-foul-weather type of friend. This veggie has the bumpy exterior of a hormonal teen but a sweet, nutty inside with a taste of celery. Roast it, mash it, puree it, yum!

How to Prep Celery Root ("Celeriac") – Spiced Curiosity

Though tempted to brush it to the side as a supporting dish, I wondered how it would fare as the main bite. I’d been hankering for a homemade sandwich, so I imagined a thin slice of nutty veggie would be delicious layered between crusty bread, yolky egg, and savory schmear.

Kale (my all-time favorite winter veggie) gets regularly sliced into my lunch sandwiches, but this time it goes as a spread. Blended with crunchy walnuts, rustic olive oil, and a squeeze of lemon, the dark leafy green gets bumped up from the top 1% to .0001%! Besides tasting delicious, its dark stalks are high in vitamins and nutrients.

Poached Egg & Roasted Celeriac Sandwich with Kale Pesto – Spiced Curiosity #vegetarian

Poached Egg & Roasted Celeriac Sandwich with Kale Pesto – Spiced Curiosity #vegetarian

In addition to the kale pesto, poached egg adds a delicious creaminess to complement the meaty celeriac. While the kale pesto coats the bottom slice of bread, fresh yolk soaks into the top slice and drizzles into the celery root. It’s basically heaven.

Poached Egg & Roasted Celeriac Sandwich with Kale Pesto – Spiced Curiosity #vegetarian

If you haven’t reached into your fridge for eggs since last Sunday morning, I’d consider using them more often. In my opinion scrambled eggs go with orange juice; poached eggs go with wine. A simple slice of sourdough with poached egg and a glass of dark red sounds pretty darn romantic to me. (Subtle hint, Hoyd. ;)) What’s your favorite easy-to-make meal?

Poached Egg & Roasted Celeriac Sandwich with Kale Pesto – Spiced Curiosity #vegetarian

poached egg and celeriac sandwich with kale pesto

Ingredients

    Kale Pesto*
  • 8 cups of kale stalks (leaves and stems)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • Sandwich
  • 1 large celeriac** (or "celery root")
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 8 slices of bread
  • 4 eggs

Instructions

  1. For the celery root: preheat the oven to 400°F. Slice off the rough exterior of the root, making shallow cuts. When you have the bulk of the hair and tubes off, take off the remainder of the skin off with a peeler. You should be left with a white bulb. Slice into 1/2-inch rounds, and toss with the oil and thyme. Roast for 15 minutes or until tender. (If you're really awesome, flip them over after 7 minutes.)
  2. For the pesto: blend all ingredients in a food processor (except the oil) until blended. Slowly drizzle in the oil, and continue blending until emulsified.
  3. (Save this step for last, as you want the eggs warm.) For the eggs: Fill a medium saute pan with about 2 inches of water and bring to a slow boil. When water is boiling, add one egg and poach. Keep the water to a low boil and, using a spoon, gently spoon hot water over the top of the egg to cook it. Cook each egg for about 1 minute for over easy. Save this step for last, as you want the eggs warm.

Notes

*Optional, tasty toppings: caramelized onions, thin radish slices, or extra kale leaves.

**Do NOT attempt to bite into a raw piece of celeriac. Not awesome. Think of biting into a raw potato. (Yes, I tried both.)

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I shared this with y’all and Minimal Ingredient Monday.

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