Celery, Milan Style

"I had never thought of celery as the basis of a dish until I saw this recipe in the "Betty Crocker's New Int'l Cookbook" almost 15 yrs ago. Honestly I only tried it because we were on such a tight budget that I had no other veggies in the house one night. Boy, were we surprised! We have it fairly frequently, even when we don't have the cheese on hand, and it's a great conversation piece at dinner parties because it's so unexpected, so simple, and yet so good. When I want something totally vegan, I just substitute veggie broth for the chicken bouillon."
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  • Place celery, water, and bouillon in med saucepan; bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and cook approx 15 minutes or until celery is crisp-tender.
  • Drain, add butter, cover and let stand until butter melts.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and parsley.

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  1. Having purchased a case of organic celery to fight my husbands high blood pressure I went looking for recipes. I found this simply recipe and have been building on it. Just today for lunch I prepared, added a bit of extra stock and slipped in a cup of quinoa. Excellent! Who could have imagined celery would taste good as a stand alone veggie!
  2. I liked this a lot! I cooked it in a large skillet, and allowed the broth to evaporate quite a bit. Then without draining I added unsalted butter. Yum!
  3. This was a great side dish - very unique. Such a fresh flavour, perfect with seafood.
  4. Excellent. This sounds so wierd. I mean, really, who makes a dish around celery? But it is great. DH and I ate almost the whole batch. We had a bit too much butter but think it has more to do with the amount celery than anything else. We will be having this again! Thanks.
  5. Very simple to make and quite tasty. Something different to serve.


  1. I made this for dinner, and we both enjoyed this. Then the next day, DH says "What did you do to that celery?" I said: Did you like it? He said it was very good. It must have made a big impression. Simple, healthy, tasty. I added a little garlic salt, celery salt & black pepper instead of the bouillon. Thank you winkki!
  2. Quite tasty! I used white mild cheddar cheese instead of Parmesan and it was still great.
  3. I was in a pinch with some extra celery on hand and decided to give this recipe a try. It turned out pretty well. If someone were to make this, I would say they should probably enjoy celery. Its flavor is definitely there. It's an interesting taste that takes a few bites getting used to. After those first few bites, I found myself going back for seconds! My family sends mixed reviews. I don't keep parsley in the house, but I used cilantro successfully in its place. I substituted vegetable stock for the chicken bouillon and added some salt and pepper. I would probably make this again.
  4. This is totally awesome. I never thought of serving celery on its' own before. The only change that I made was to use fat free chicken broth instead of boullion and water and I cut the margarine to 1 tablespoon. Hubby asked me to make this again the following week and am serving for company tomorrow night as well. Thanks for a great recipe idea.



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