"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."
- 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
- 1Whisk 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.
- 2Heat 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.
Drink Suggestion: Hillbilly Crushed Apple Cider. Drink suggestion by Matt Hardy