Tallinn, Estonia

Like a scene from a fairytale, Tallinn one of Northern Europe's best kept secrets. This month's TASTEscape destination guide produced in partership with Great British Chefs explores Estonia's capital and the variety of food it has to offer. And perhaps it will inspire you try our recipe.

Recipe: Salt-baked Celeriac

This dish for salt-baked celeriac with whey and brown butter sauce, celeriac crumbs and dill oil comes from Restaurant Ö, courtesy of Great British Chefs.


Course: Starter 
Difficulty: Medium
Serves: 2
Time: 1hr 30mins


Salt-baked celeriac

  • 1 celeriac, small
  • sea salt, 3-4kg

Celeriac crumb

  • 500g of celeriac
  • oil, for deep-frying

Celery ribbons

  • 1 stick of celery

Whey and brown butter sauce

  • 250ml of butter
  • 250ml of whey
  • salt
  • sugar

Dill oil

  • 1 bunch of dill
  • 500ml of vegetable oil

To serve

  • celery leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
  2. To begin, make the salt-baked celeriac. Wash and peel the celeriac, scrubbing with a brush until completely clean. Cut the root part of the celeriac so that it sits flat on a baking tray and completely cover with the salt. Bake in the oven for 1 hour, then test with a knife – it should be completely tender
  3. Meanwhile, make the celeriac crumb. Preheat a deep-fryer to 180°C
  4. Wash and peel the celeriac then grate on a cheese grater. Once the oil is hot, add the celeriac and deep-fry until golden and crispy. Drain in a sieve before placing on kitchen paper – you may need to replace the paper if it gets too oily. Season with salt and set aside
  5. Wash the celery and place on a chopping board. Using a peeler, cut long strips of the celery and place immediately in iced water. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve
  6. To make the brown butter for the sauce, melt the butter in the pan over a low heat, cooking until golden and the butter is nutty in aroma
  7. To make the whey and brown butter sauce, place the whey and brown butter in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Transfer to a blender, blitz until smooth then season with salt and a little sugar – the flavour should be sweet, sour and salty
  8. To make the dill oil, place the dill and oil in a Thermomix or other heating blender and blitz on high for 5-10 minutes, until it reaches 80°C. Once up to temperature, pass through a sieve lined with muslin, transfer to a squeezy bottle and chill quickly in an ice bath. Doing this quickly will help the oil to retain a vivid green colour
  9. Remove the celeriac from the oven once ready and remove the salt, wiping away with a damp cloth (you can use the salt several times, so don't throw it away)
  10. To serve, cut the celeriac into quarters and brown lightly with a blowtorch to caramelise before placing two pieces on each plate. Add a pile of the celeriac crumb and decorate with celery ribbons
  11. Mix the brown butter and whey sauce with a little of the dill oil, but not too well as you want the sauce to be split. Pour over the sauce just before serving and garnish with celery leaves


Recipe courtesy of www.greatbritishchefs.com