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Apr 10, 2005 09:09 PM

What can I do with lots of celery leaves?

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I purchased a beautiful bunch of organic celery from the farmers market yesterday that was topped by a copious amount of vibrant green leaves. I probably have two cups of the leaves, but have already used most of the stalks. Does anyone know of a good way to use the leaves? I'm thinking soup or risotto, but I don't know of any recipes. Any ideas are much appreciated.

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    Professor Salt

    I use celery leaves, minced finely, as the back flavor in homemade black peppercorn ranch dressing.

    But... use it anywhere you want the flavor of celery without the texture of the stalks.

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      Was going to say the same thing!

    2. Chop them and freeze them on a cookie sheet, then put them in a ziplock bag in the freezer and you'll have them for soups, stews, sauces, etc. later on. Or you can dry them on a cookie sheet in a barely warm oven for a few hours, then put them in a jar to use later.

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      1. re: Zorra

        Or stuff them into a bag of miscellaneous veggie parts (onion ends, carrot ends, etc.) for a stock when the bag accumulates enough.

      2. Make a salad with cold chicken, fish or meat.

        1. Missy, If your celery leaves are very, very well dried, they can be fried in olive oil as a tasty garnish. However, never make the mistake I did of tossing them hot oil without being perfectly dry. No one needs that kind of kitchen drama.

          1. It sounds like you have a great base for Khoresh e Karafs, a persian stew with beef, celery, parsley, cinnamon and lemon juice. Sorry I have no recipe with me but you should be able to google it.