‘Bread’ Sauce

Made with celeriac, this is a good substitute for bread sauce, a traditional festive dish in the United Kingdom. It is suitable for Gluten Free diets and anyone wanting to avoid wheat and grain.

Bread sauce is made by cooking and flavouring milk with onion, garlic, cloves and bay leaves and then thickening it with (usually old) bread. The resulting thick sauce is served with a main dish which has traditionally been roasted poultry (chicken, turkey and pheasant).

Celeriac – with its sweet, nutty flavour and smooth texture – is an excellent substitute for bread. It is nutritious and makes a low calorie sauce that is a good choice not only for Gluten Free but also for anyone looking to reduce their calorie intake.

Because this variation on bread sauce also works as a vegetable side dish, it is also good with roasted meats generally. So, change the selection of herbs and spices to complement your meal and suit your own preferences. For example: sage with pork; thyme for a beef dish.

Diets for which ‘Bread’ Sauce is suitable:

Diabetic, Diary Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Nut Free, Vegetarian and Vegan.


Preparation: 15 mins | Cooking: 10 + 15 mins | Serves: 2+ cups

1 small onion, peeled
4 cloves
500ml (2 cups) milk (Dairy Free and Vegan diets, see notes)*
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper (white is best)
1/2 tbsp olive oil
600gm (3 cups diced) celeriac (medium size)**


STUD the onion with the cloves.
CRUSH the whole garlic with the flat side of a knife. (Then remove the skin.)
COMBINE milk, onion, bay leaves, nutmeg, garlic, salt and pepper in a saucepan.
BOIL, then remove from the heat and leave 10 minutes.
HEAT oil in a frying pan over a low heat.
ADD the celeriac and cook for approximately 5 minutes. (Do not brown.)
ADD the celeriac to the milk.
SIMMER until it is tender, approximately 15 minutes.
REMOVE from the heat.
REMOVE the cloves from the onion and the bay leaves.
BLEND the vegetables and liquid to a smooth puree. (If it needs more liquid add milk or water to obtain the consistency you want.)
ADD seasoning – salt and pepper – to your taste.


– Warm or cold as a sauce with poultry or vegetarian dish.
– As a vegetable, side dish.


* For Dairy Free and Vegan diets select soya or nut milk.

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