Duck and Latkas on a Saturday Night

One of the new foods I adopted last year at the farmer’s market is Celeriac or Celery Root.  It looks really intimidating — like, a gnarled hairy root.  So, I never tried it till I saw an internet video on how to clean and use it.  Not hard — treat it sort of like a potato and peal the skin with a good veggie pealer.  I use the rest like I would a potato.  So, having adopted this new food, I was looking forward to it coming back in season so I could enjoy it again this year.  It showed up last Sunday and I had a recipe revelation: zuccini/celeriac latka (potato pancake).   So, we knew what side dish we’d eat — now, what would complement it?  J. and I decided on duck breast. 

We’ve never made duck breast on its own before, but we thought we’d give it a try.  J. made a spice rub from salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, ginger and dried oregano.  Rubbed it on both sides of the breast.  Then he fried it skin down on a skilled for 3 minutes, then flipped it over and transferred it to the oven about 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

I was in charge of the Latkas.  I pealed the celeriac and grated it into a bowl along with three medium to small zuccinis.  Added salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste, 2 eggs, and 1 tablespoon of flour.  Mix it all together.  Then form loose paties and drop into hot oil in a skillet.  Brown on each side.  J. ate these plain.  I added a little bit of dressing that I made from homemade mayo, ketchup, and a teaspoon of red chili garlic sauce, mix till incorporated.


Zuccinis, celeriac, eggs from farmers market.  Duck, by the label, appeared to be local — but having looked up the farm’s website, now I think the birds were likely raised in France and then imported here to this local company. (Grr — we need country of origin legislation so we can make informed choices!)  Flour & Ketchup not local, but organic.  Chili garlic sauce, not local or organic.

I love nights when J. and I cook in the kitchen together.  Tomorrow we head to the farmer’s market (for what may be the last time before baby comes), and as Bono said, we get to dream it all up again.


1 Comment

  1. Gretchen said,

    December 7, 2008 at 6:44 am

    I love how inventive and creative you guys are. Celeriac was in my CSA bag this summer and I must admit I didn’t know what to do either. I’ll put this recipe on my list for next summer!

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