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May 28, 2009 09:38 PM

plenty of celery

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:

            * 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:

            Melissa Clark offers this intriguing recipe for Celery Pudding Cakes with Strawberry Rhubarb compote:

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            1. re: bite bite

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


              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.