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Today is December 24, Christmas is just around the corner. The time may be a bit tricky at the moment. But even alone or as a couple, you can treat yourself to something delicious at Christmas. On the fast, there is therefore still a tasty and always healthy appetizer for Christmas. Namely this vegan apple celeriac soup. It is not only quick but also easy to prepare. Can be cooked in advance and then reheated and contains seasonal ingredients. Of course, this soup can be enjoyed independently of Christmas – all winter long.
Creamy Soup with Celeriac and Apple
Soup has something nostalgic, I like to remember my childhood. Grandma always served asparagus or cream of potato soup during the skiing vacations. Out of the bag, of course, but it was still always a highlight for me. After a long day in the snow, there was nothing better than a steaming bowl of soup. Somehow I also always associate soup with home and it every time a warm feeling overcomes me when I think of soup.
We never had celery soup, because my mother was horrified at the mere mention of celeriac. But even at Christmas you can experiment a little and try something new. And the combination of celery and apples tastes delicious, I realized that when I was allowed to taste my first Waldorf salad. The earthy aroma of the celeriac harmonizes excellently with the sour and fruity taste of the apple. And so the idea for this vegan apple celeriac soup as a Christmas appetizer was born.
Whereby I must confess plainly and clearly: “We will definitely have this delicate soup more than once this winter”. It is so incredibly delicious that we will certainly cook it several more times.
Celeriac Soup with Apple and caramelized Nuts
Although we are spared from the big kitchen stress this Christmas. As big parties are unfortunately not allowed. But against less time in the cooking apron and more time for the loved ones or himself I think no one has anything. That’s why this celeriac soup is so perfect. The preparation takes no longer than 30 minutes and you need only very few ingredients. Which you can easily find in any supermarket.
The veganization process is not witchcraft at all. You just need to replace regular cream with vegan one. The rest of the ingredients are already vegan anyway. If you can’t find vegan cream, you can of course leave it out completely. Although a blob of cream, simply makes life more enjoyable!
How to make Apple Celeriac Soup
You don’t need any special skills or talents to make this soup. You don’t really have time for that, especially at Christmas. Only a hand or other blender is needed. Because I assume that no one wants a creamy soup with chunks in it.
When buying fresh ingredients, it is recommended to pay attention to seasonality and regionality. The soup tastes simply more intense. When choosing the apples, I opted for Gala apples. Because the combo of the sweetness with the earthy celeriac is just phenomenal. However, you can choose another variety if that tastes better to you. Please note that celeriac is used for the soup and not stalk celery! The latter is also not in season at the moment.
The only thing to consider is the love-hate relationship between apples and oxygen. Apples oxidize quite quickly when they come into contact with air. The characteristic brown color that they develop, we are probably all familiar with. Now, this may be a detail that does not detract from the taste of the soup itself. But I dare say, no one likes brownish soup that looks like a blob of mud. So I recommend putting the apples in lemon juice immediately after cutting them to stop oxidation.
In addition, if you are making the soup ahead of time, I would add some of this very lemon juice to the soup as well (about 3 tbsp).
Less Waste Tips Celeriac Soup
Following are – as always – a few tips on how to avoid waste when preparing this soup:
- you can find the fresh ingredients unpackaged at the farmer’s market.
- you can freeze the skin of the celeriac and use it for broth, soups, or stews, as it gives dishes a great aroma.
- you can dry the skin of apples in the oven to make a healthy snack. Or even use it as a topping for this soup.
- you can make the plant-based cream yourself. For example, this oat cream works very well.
- you may be able to find sunflower oil at an unpackaged store.
- you can make the broth yourself. Either boil it down from leftover beets or use homemade bouillon paste or powder.
Alternatives to the products used
One of the ingredients is not your thing?
No problem, as we all know, many roads lead to Rome.
You can just leave out the cream and wine. Personally, I think that they give the apple celery soup that certain something. Fortunately, tastes are different.
You are allergic to apples?
Yup, that is actually still a thing! Then you could also take pears. They lack the acidity of the apple but are also guaranteed to taste delicious.
You don’t like the main actor in this soup?
Then you can also use another seasonal vegetable. For example, potatoes, turnips, leeks, parsnips, white cabbage, onions or pumpkin.
Meal Prep Tips
This vegan apple celeriac soup can be easily prepared in advance and tastes wonderful even reheated. Just note the above point with the oxidation of the apples. Put the apples after cutting in lemon juice and add some lemon juice to the soup.
The soup will keep easily for 2-3 days in a well-sealed container in the refrigerator.
Why you should definitely try this Apple Celeriac Soup:
- without any animal products
- with seasonal ingredients
- quickly prepared
- easyily prepares
- incredibly creamy
- has a great acidic-sweet aroma
- the perfect appetizer for Christmas
- suitable for meal prep
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Vegan Apple Celeriac Soup with Caramelized Nuts
- hand held or regular blender
Apple Celeriac Soup
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil organic
- 1 onion organic
- 500 g celeriac organic
- 300 g gala applesl* organic
- 200 ml white wine* organic
- 400 ml water
- 2 tsp broth powder* organic
- 1 tsp salt* organic, optional
- 2 tbsp lemon juice* organic
- 100 ml plant-based cream* organic
- 50 g walnuts organic
- 50 g cane sugar* organic
- 25 g vegan margarine* organic
- 100 ml warm water
Apple Celeriac Soup
- Peel onion and celeriac. Finely chop onion, cut celery into bite-sized pieces.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Sauté onion and celeriac in it for 2-3 minutes. Onions should not turn brown in the process.
- Deglaze with white wine and simmer for another 2-3 minutes on reduced heat.
- Add water, broth and salt if necessary. Cover soup and simmer on low heat.
- In the meantime, peel apples, remove core and cut into bite-sized pieces. Put in lemon juice until the aaddingto the soup.
- Add apple pieces to soup, if necessary also add lemon juice and simmer soup for another 10 minutes covered until apples are soft.
- Puree everything in a blender to a creamy soup and season with vegetable cream. Keep soup warm in pan.
- Put sugar in a pan and heat. Do not stir until the sugar starts to melt.
- Add water and stir well. Let the water-sugar mixture boil down until it reaches a viscous consistency. Always stir well so that nothing burns.
- Add margarine and nuts. Stir again until margarine is melted and nuts are evenly covered with caramel.
- Let cool and arrange on top of soup as a topping.