Today, however, we will see some more elaborate and less intuitive recipes, perfect for those who love this vegetable and would like to make the most of its potential. We will then see a card of all the properties of the food, so to learn about it not only for its taste but also for the benefits it can bring to our body. You are ready? So let’s start now how to cook celery and see some quick and easy recipes!
Let’s start with the main question about celery: How to cook celery? As we have said, once you have purchased fresh and seasonal celery, it is easy to invent some quick aperitif by using them raw and combining them with some delicious ingredients. But did you know that many other dishes can also be prepared? Let’s see some!
01. Celery salad
Let’s start with a simple dish: the salad with celery. This is an ingredient that can become really interesting if used in a fantastic salad, thanks not only to its taste but also to its consistency, which will give the dish crunchiness.
You can combine it with what you want, from the most classic green leaves and walnuts, parmesan, apples, and much more, also passing through more elaborate dishes.
A recipe you must definitely try is the celery and octopus salad: cook octopus and potatoes and cut into small pieces, then season with a citronette made with oil and lemon, parsley, and finally, celery cut into slices.
02. Celery pesto
Here is a healthy, tasty, and interesting way to take advantage of celery leaves: prepare a pesto! The ingredients are few and simple:
- 100 g of celery leaves
- 50 of almonds or pine nuts
- 4 basil leaves
- a few handfuls of grated cheese
- coarse salt
- extra virgin olive oil
The trick to making a good pesto … is in the word itself! The original recipe, in fact, requires that the ingredients are pounded until a delicious cream is obtained. If, however, you are in a hurry and you cannot help using the blender, make sure that the blades do not travel at too high a speed, or otherwise, you risk oxidizing the leaves!
03. Celery cream soup
Another very simple recipe, which at the same time is rich in taste and perfect for staying light, is a delicious celery cream. To prepare it, the first step is to treat the celery well: wash it, remove the leaves (which of course you will keep aside to prepare a good pesto the following evening!), And then fray it by removing the external filaments.
Once done, let it boil in lightly salted water for about twenty minutes. When the stalks have become soft, pass them in a mixer and add salt, pepper, parsley, a little milk, and a handful of grated cheese. For a more velvety cream, you can also add soft butter!
04. Celery juice
Energizing, rich in properties, fresh and delicious: we are talking about celery juice, a panacea to start our days in the best way, or to have a snack characterized by lightness and goodness. Clearly, to make a celery centrifuge you need to combine other fruit or vegetables, and this is the beauty of these drinks: to combine multiple elements and benefit from all their properties.
You can create a green centrifuge, combining spinach, cucumbers, apples, and lemon with celery, or stay more on the classic and prepare an apple, carrot, and celery juice, with perhaps an addition of ginger. Drink this juice to regain energy and savor a drink low in calories but rich in taste and body.
05. Celery chicken
Here is a recipe for a main course from a dream. To prepare this celery chicken, you will need to have, in addition to the meat and celery, pine nuts, oil, and … that’s enough! A very simple preparation, therefore, but which will allow you to bring a marvel of the dish to the table!
Cook the chicken and add the celery slightly passed in the pan, so that it will be flavored but at the same time it will remain crisp. You can also add lemon or soy sauce to make the recipe even more interesting!
06. Celery salt
Not everyone knows it, but it exists and is spreading out of all proportion: it is celery salt, a delicious natural alternative to salt, and it is excellent for combating water retention, cellulite, and blood pressure. It is a more delicate salt, but at the same time, it will give flavor to your dishes and your dishes. But how do you prepare it at home? It’s very simple: first of all, take celery, remove the leaves, and let the stems dry.
You can dry them in the sun, in the microwave, or in the oven. Once done, you will have to reduce the ribs to powder, and therefore do it using a blender or a blender. In this way, you will have obtained your natural salt. For those who want something in between, you can add the time to blend everything a pinch of salt: in this way, the result will be tastier!