How to Make Celeriac Chips

Celeriac chips can be a lower-carb substitute for potato chips and you can make them yourself at home. Celeriac (celery root) is a root vegetable that has about a third of the carbohydrate as is found in a potato. Follow these steps to make celeriac chips.

How to Peel Celeriac

Peeling Celeriac
Peeling Celeriac. Photo © Emily Dolson

Celeriac can look intimidating to peel, but all it takes is a sharp knife and a readiness to try something new. If the bottom isn't flat, it's good to cut it off so that the vegetable can sit stably on the cutting board. Then cut the peel off in strips, from top to bottom. If the peel isn't too bumpy, it is sometimes possible to use a vegetable peeler.

How to Slice Celeriac for Chips

Slicing Celeriac
Slicing Celeriac. Photo © Emily Dolson

Unless you have very good skill with a knife, a mandoline or similar slicer is almost essential for making celeriac chips.

Traditional French-type mandolin slicers are great if you do a lot of slicing, but they are expensive. There is a new generation of less-costly slicers on the market now.

In testing by Cook's Illustrated Magazine, the OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer came in first place. The Kyocera Adjustable Ceramic Mandoline Slicer was rated a "Best Buy" (less versatile, but half the price).

How to Protect Your Hands When Using a Slicer

Protect Your Fingers
Protect Your Fingers. Photo © Emily Dolson

It is vital to protect your fingers when using a slicer. Slicers come with hand guards which have little teeth which grip the vegetable. These are the best thing to use with a slicer. To increase the effectiveness of the guard, slice a flat surface on the vegetable for the guard to grip.

Cut-resistant gloves are another protective measure you can take. They are not cut-proof, but should reduce the risk. You can wear the glove when chopping vegetables and cutting meat as well.

Frying the Chips

Frying the Chips
Put The Chips into the Oil Carefully. Photo © Emily Dolson

To fry the chips, heat about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of oil in a pan. Make sure the oil is hot enough before putting in the celeriac. One way to check is to put the end of the handle of a wooden spoon down into the oil. If a lot of bubbles form, the oil is hot enough. If the oil is not hot enough, the chips will be excessively greasy.

Place the chips carefully into the oil. It's safest to use tongs for this. You may find that cutting the chips in half results in more even cooking.

Turn the Chips Over

Frying Chips - Turning with Tongs
Turning the Chips with Tongs. Photo © Emily Dolson

When the chips begin to brown around the edges, turn them over. Tongs are the best tool for this. OXO Good Grips tongs have a heat-resistant handle and they lock to fit easily into a drawer for storage.

Drain the Chips on Paper Towels

Draining the Chips
Draining Chips on Paper Towel. Photo © Emily Dolson

Place the cooked chips on paper toweling to drain.

Enjoy Your Celeriac Chips

Celeriac Chips
Celeriac Chips. Photo © Emily Dolson

Celeriac chips are best eaten fresh, as they lose their crispiness after awhile. They still taste good if they aren't crisp, but you can partially restore the crispness in the microwave or the toaster oven.