Meet at the Market: celeri-what?

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Celeriac, “the one that looks like the pirate’s beard from Pirates of the Caribbean,” says chef Justin West. Photo: Kathryn Barnes

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.

This week’s guest? Chef Justin West of restaurant Julienne and honoree at this weekend’s Fork and Cork Classic. He’s got some grand ideas on how to incorporate celeriac, or celery root, into this week’s special.

“I go up to my son like this, he hates it!” Photo: Kathryn Barnes
Grilled Little Gems, Roasted Pork Shoulder, Pickled Beets, Celeriac Remoulade
by Justin West
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Photo: Braydon Russell
For the celeriac (or celery root) I peel it down and take the roots off it with a chef’s knife. Simply cut the ends off to make a flat surface so they don’t roll around and then take the knife and carefully cut off the outer skin. A vegetable peeler works, it just takes much more time because the skin can be thick and the roots sometimes don’t allow for even peeling. Once peeled we simple grate it on a box grater and mix it with the aioli listed below.
Aioli Recipe:
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 5 Anchovies, chopped
  • 2 Whole Jalapeños, well roasted and de-stemmed
  • 1 Tbsp Tarragon, Minced
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley, Minced
  • 2 Tbsp Dill Pickles, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Capers, chopped
  • 1 tsp Tabasco
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 C Olive Oil
Emulsify the oil with the egg yolks and dijon mustard by slowly incorporating the oil making sure to fully combine between additions to avoid breaking the mixture. In the work bowl of a food processor pulse the garlic, pickles, capers and jalapeño until evenly chopped into a (almost) paste. Fold this mixture into your egg/oil emulsification along with the remaining ingredients. Season to taste with salt, pepper and possibly more lemon juice. Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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Chef Justin West shops with his wife, Emma, and kids, Mike and Lola. “It’s a lifestyle thing.” Photo: Kathryn Barnes

Here’s what West and his family picked up at the market this week:

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Chefs get first dibs on Santa Barbara’s produce. They’re allowed to shop half an hour before the official opening. Photo: Kathryn Barnes
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D.on Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers of Ventura County. Photo: Benjamin Sayet

You can learn more about this weekend’s Fork and Cork Classic, presented by the Santa Barbara County Foodbank, here.

To check out all our past farmers’ market guests, click here.