Loaded Groots

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We’ve taken the loaded baked potato and subbed out the ‘jacket’ with pureed celery root–GROOTS. Groots are our take on grits, Paleo style. Celery root has a–duh, celery flavor, but a texture similar to creamy grits when pureed. All you non-Southerners out there, grits are ground up corn–prepared like rice, but take literally 5 minutes to cook–think polenta.

If you’re down with the ‘grit’ action check out our Shrimp and Groots recipe.


  • 2 lbs celery root, skin removed and chopped
  • 1/2 c chicken stock
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced thinly
  • 6 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 6 oz raw cheddar cheese (optional), grated
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • s&p


Add the chopped celery root to a large sauce pot that’s been filled with water. Boil the celery root until it’s tender and cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Drain the celery root and add to a food processor, along with the chicken stock and some s & p. Puree until smooth.

Lay the bacon slices on a baking/cookie sheet and bake  in the oven at 400ºF until crisp, about 20 minutes. Chop into small pieces and reserve.

In  a saute pan, add a bit of fat and the sliced onions. Cook over medium heat until the onions have slightly caramelized. Remove from the pan and reserve. Add the mushrooms, cook until browned.

To serve, pile the celery root puree onto your plate and layer with the caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, grated cheese, bacon and green onion slices.

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  • Reply
    brandon keatley
    December 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    i liked it better than i’ve ever liked mashed potatoes or a baked potato anyway…prepared that way they usually seem dry to me, especially baked. these are silky and smooth. mmmmmmm.

    and here’s something i put in the comments of the “shrimp and groots” post that’s a nifty FYI:

    * a little google-ing will turn up that 1C celery root has about 9g carbohydrates vs. 1C of corn grits at about 31g carbohydrates (aside from the grain issue). 1C mashed potatoes would probably be in the mid to high 30s for grams carbs as well.

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    December 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Made groots to go with dinner tonight (red wine braised grass fed beef shanks). They were so good! Definitely will be adding groots to the meal planning. My 2 and 1/2 year liked them to, so it was a total win! Thanks again for the BEST paleo/primal recipe site on the net!

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      megan keatley
      December 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      o.m.g. i will be braising some shanks this week indeed. sounds phenom. what an amazing compliment. thank you so much andrew!

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    September 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I must say that these are amazing and I love the website, I have made many of the recipes on here already as I am obsessed with cauliflower “rice” right now, I actually put your orange chicken on a bed of cauliflower rice, it was a great addition…

    Thanks for all the recipes!!

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