For some reason Ed has been devouring celery lately, so I've had to buy a few bunches at a time just to keep up.
I guess sometimes you just get a hankering for some food or other. I remember a time when I had a craving for Banana Cream Pie.
Celery is healthier than cream pie, of course.
Still, it can become boring to eat it as is, splashed with olive oil and freshly ground black pepper, which is the way Ed prefers to eat it. So I decided to embark on a few celery-based side dishes. Here's one for braised celery that went over well.
Consider this one for Passover because it goes so nicely with just about any main dish you might serve, and also makes a good side dish for vegetarians.
Braised Celery with Toasted Hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1 bunch celery
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 shallots, sliced
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh marjoram or oregano
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 3/4 cup sweet white wine
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and roast for about 25 minutes or until the nuts are golden brown and tasty. Set aside. Wash and trim the celery, peel the stalks and slice them. Set aside. Heat the vegetable oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the celery and shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Sprinkle the ingredients with the marjoram, salt and pepper and pour in the wine. Lower the heat, cover the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes. Remove the cover, raise the heat to medium–high and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until the sauce is reduced to a glaze. Dish out and sprinkle with chives and the toasted nuts.
Makes 4-6 servings