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Celeriac and Gruyère fritters

"My other name for these little winter warmers is celeriac and Gruyère delights, because they're exactly that - the earthy celery flavour with melting Gruyère and zap of zest is really spot on," says Sean Moran. "Great scattered over a winter leaf salad or as part of an antipasto plate, yet even better served alone as an appetiser, with a little local fizz."

You'll need

Juice and finely grated rind of 1 lemon 50 gm (1/3 cup) plain flour 1 thyme sprig 1 celeriac (600gm), peeled and quartered 50 gm Gruyère (preferably Heidi Farm), cut into 5mm dice 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 egg, lightly beaten ¾ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 100 ml vegetable or canola oil


  • 01
  • Whisk lemon juice, half the flour and 1 tbsp salt into 1 litre of water in a saucepan. Add thyme and bring to the boil, then add celeriac and boil until tender (15 minutes). Drain and cool, then grate celeriac into a bowl, add remaining flour, lemon rind, Gruyère, garlic, egg and parsley and season to taste. Mix well by hand, then form into 18 small balls, place on a tray lined with baking paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • 02
  • Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Carefully add balls in batches and fry, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp (7-9 minutes). Transfer fritters to paper towels with a slotted spoon, season and serve hot.

At A Glance

  • Serves 18 people
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  • Serves 18 people

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