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I have a gallon bag of celery, sort of dated, cut crudite style. Suggestions on what to do with it? I only have a day or two left.

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  1. You could braise it as a side dish:

    Braised Celery
    Serves 4

    Use some of the celery leaves, chopped, to garnish this dish, or save them for salads or for flavoring stocks, soups, sauces, and casseroles.

    3 tablespoons butter
    2 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1 carrot, finely chopped
    1 celery head, cut into short lengths
    6 ounces (3/4 cup) chicken stock
    1 each bay leaf and parsley sprig
    Salt and pepper to taste

    1. Melt the butter in a large heavy pan, then cook the bacon, onion and carrot until beginning to color.
    2. Add the celery and cook over a medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the stock, bay leaf, parsley sprig, and salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
    3. Cover and simmer gently for about 25 minutes, until the celery is tender and the liquid is reduced to a few tablespoons. Serve hot.

    4 Replies
    1. re: janniecooks

      My wife likes to do a mixed braise of celery and fennel.

      1. re: BobB

        that would be a really nice combination!

        1. re: BobB

          A pinch of coarsely ground fennel seed in the celery braise can give a parallel effect when you don't have the fresh fennel "bulb".

        2. re: janniecooks

          Anyone but me find this a "blast from the past"?

          Used to be every staid basic American restaurant had "Braised Celery" as one of their side vegetables. Then it fell out of favor & never returned.

        3. chop it, blanch it in some salted water, freeze it for adding to soup stock later. Or if you have a juicer, juice it and then you can freeze the juice for making a cream of celery soup.

          If you want to use it now, use it in a stuffing/dressing.

          1. Personally a big fan of celery stir fry. My dad does an awesome one --just wings it. Some recipes call for chinese celery - but regular works fine too. Here are two recipes that look tasty -- one shrimp, one plain:
            http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fo...

            http://chinesefood.about.com/od/veget...
            * you can throw in cashews for protein if doing as a main instead of a side

            Like the suggestion of celery soup as well -- lots of recipes out there -- here's one:
            http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/pure...

            Melissa Clark offers this intriguing recipe for Celery Pudding Cakes with Strawberry Rhubarb compote:
            http://www.melissaclark.net/articles/...

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            1. re: bite bite

              Here's an updated link for those Celery Pudding Cakes with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

              http://www.melissaclark.net/blog/2006...

              Thanks, all, for these celery solutions.

            2. Throw some in homemade carrot juice and some in soup.

              1. 2 firm favourites: chinese [style] beef celery. another is steamed mussels with celery, garlic, white wine. otherwise i just eat this refreshing, aromatic, crunchy veg raw or in chunky 'rustic' soups.

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                1. re: Pata_Negra

                  Ditto on the chinese beef and celery. Yum.