Celery Root Hashbrowns


GAPS Friendly Paleo Hashbrowns Low Carb

I knew that celery root, or celeriac, was a potato substitute, but I didn’t see it in our Montana grocery stores until this winter. Now it’s everwhere, I picked up these at our local health food store last week.

Celery root is a little bit firmer and sweeter than a russet potato, but it makes a great substitute! Pureed in soups it thickens, roasted with garlic and olive oil it makes a wonderful side dish, and now grated it makes fantastic hash browns!

I was never quite able to get the hang of potato hash browns when we used potatoes, but these made with celery root turned out wonderfully crispy on the outside and soft on the inside the first time I made them.

Celeriac Hash Browns


Serves 4

2-3 medium celery roots
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (Buy Sea Salt here)
4 tablespoons tallow, butter, or coconut oil
Celery Root(Buy Tallow, Butter, or Coconut Oil here)

Scrub and peel celery root, using a vegetable peeler or paring knife.

Grate, using a cheese grater or my-favorite-kitchen-appliance-since-we-went-grain-free food processor with it’s grating disk.

Heat a cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium heat, melt tallow in it. I bought a tub of lamb tallow here before we re-started the GAPS intro where no coconut oil or butter is allowed, and we’ve been enjoying it- as a bonus it’s less expensive than most grassfed butter, but still contains many of the same healthy fats.

Once the tallow is melted, place the grated celery root in the skillet and sprinkle with salt.

Saute until it starts to get soft (about 10 minutes), then turn the heat down to medium-low and allow to cook until the hash browns are brown on the bottom (about another 10 minutes). Flip and allow the other side to brown, then serve!

These go great with eggs or homemade sausage.

*Celery root is allowed on GAPS


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  1. karen husted says

    The trick to potato hashbrowns is to parboil them-9 minutes for med-large size-then cool and grate. coconut oil is a very healthy oil-I don’t understand why you can’t use it.

    • Cara says

      Hi Karen, that must be why my potato hash browns never turned out! Coconut oil- yes, we’re big fans of coconut oil, but the GAPS intro is a specific protocol, I’ll go link to it up in the post, I was going to but forgot.

  2. says

    Sounds delicious. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never even heard of using celery roots in this way. Can you get them at most health food stores?

  3. Lisa says

    This looks great! We are big celery root fans and I have always wondered why they don’t get much attention in the low carb/primal/paleo world. I guess you just haven’t been able to get them.

    They also make wonderful mashed potato substitutes.. especially with saucy, braised dishes.

  4. Ian says

    Looks awesome. Have you every tried radishes as a substitute for potatoes. They take a littl longer to cook than spuds. Dice and sauté with the bulbs of green onions and sliced celery. I use butter or left over bacon grease. Bout twenty minutes over a medium heat.

  5. says

    Excellent! I was worried it would taste too much like celery while I was peeling it, but it was great! Quite rick cooked in ghee, though- I’ll likely try butter next time.

  6. says

    i made these last night and they were pretty good… quite filling and they have a very distinct flavor which – once i got used to it – i really enjoyed – together with homemade beef sausage… and i think they would go well with apple sauce as well :)

  7. Gina says

    Celery Root is Celeriac. Celeriac does appear on the “allowed” list for GAPS. So, as a newbie, I am confused: allowed or not allowed? Thanks!

  8. says

    I just bought celeriac for the first time a couple days ago and was going to mix it with either cauliflower or Yukon Gold potatoes for a meat-free shepherds pie topping. But this sounds even better as I am always looking for something different to enjoy with my breakfast eggs on the weekend. I also pinned this recipe to my Pinterest page to share with others…. http://pinterest.com/1organicgardens/recipes-breakfast/
    It sounds delish, and so simple. Thank you!


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