Celery-Root Pancakes

Categories: Liver Fire Rising, Liver Yang Rising

Celery-Root Pancakes

SERVES: 4

1 pound celery root, peeled
1 russet potato (1/2 pound), peeled
2 tablespoons grated onion
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 400°. Working over a large bowl, coarsely shred the celery root and potato on the large holes of a box grater. Using 2 forks, toss the celery root and potato with the onion and salt.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil. Scoop four 1/2-cup mounds of the vegetable mixture in the skillet and flatten into cakes. Cook the pancakes over moderately high heat until browned and crisp, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a large baking sheet and season with pepper; keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining oil and vegetable mixture. Serve the pancakes hot.

Celery: sweet, bitter, cold. Enters Liver & Stomach. Subdues Liver yang and wind, calms the shen, and clears heat.
Potato: sweet, neutral. Nourishes the Spleen & Stomach and harmonizes the middle Jiao.
Onion: acrid, neutral. Clears heat and relieves toxicity, lowers blood pressure.

This recipe is ideal for Liver yang rising type high blood pressure, especially with heat present.