Baked Celery With Almonds

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READY IN: 55mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    bunch celery
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 3
    tablespoons butter
  • 3
    tablespoons flour
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 14
    teaspoon pepper
  • 1 13
    cups milk
  • 12
    cup reserved pot liquor
  • 3
    tablespoons toasted slivered almonds
  • 14
    cup fine dry breadcrumb
  • 1
    tablespoon butter, melted
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DIRECTIONS

  • Wash and cut the celery into 1/2-inch slices including some tender tops. You should have 5 cups of slices. In a large saucepan, simmer the celery in boiling salted water until tender. Drain in a colander *reserving* 1/2 cup of the pot liquor. Discard tops.
  • In the same saucepan, melt the butter; stir in flour, salt and pepper and blend well. Add, stirring, the milk and reserved pot liquor; cook until thickened. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in celery and half of the toasted almonds. Pour into a 1-quart baking dish. Casserole may be made ahead to this pooint; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • To finish the casserole: Top with remaining almonds. Combine bread crumbs and melted butter; sprinkle over top of casserole. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Add ten or more minutes to the baking time if the casserole has been refrigerated.
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