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Celery sticks are commonly regarded as diet food or a garnish but these crunchy morsels are wonderful vehicles for flavor. The humble celery stick can be dipped, stuffed, blended, pureed, baked, sautéed, used as a stirrer, and more.
Join us as we discover flavorful recipes that will help you find a new appreciation for celery sticks. Let's get cooking!
Health Benefits of Celery
Celery is an incredibly hydrating vegetable and a natural diuretic, which makes it ideal for consuming during the summer months. It is also rich in antioxidants, vitamin K, and a host of minerals.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties celery has been used to treat hypertension and lower high cholesterol. It also helps detoxify the liver.
How To Cut Celery Sticks
Separate the desired celery stalks you wish to cut. Wash them under running water, rubbing them lightly to loosen any debris (especially near the root). Dry with a towel.
Line up two or three celery stalks and cut off both ends. Slice them into sections that are three or four inches long.
Here's a quick video showing you how to cut celery sticks:
Three inches is an ideal length for cutting celery sticks that will be stuffed or used for dipping. You can cut longer pieces for garnishing a glass of Bloody Mary.
Stuffed Celery Sticks
One of the best uses for celery sticks is to stuff them with cheese. Cream cheese and blue cheese work really well. As do additions like dried cranberries, raisins, olives, and nuts, which double as decorations.
Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks
Celery sticks are a classic accompaniment to chicken wings but this recipe is a game changer.
Blue Cheese Stuffed Celery Sticks
This is an easy appetizer that comes together in just minutes - great for a cocktail party!
Stuffed Celery with Hazelnuts
Mary Ann Esposito has an irresistible recipe for stuffed celery. She blends ground hazelnuts with herbs and ricotta then pipes it into the celery sticks. Yum!
Goat Cheese Stuffed Celery
This recipe is a hit with both adults and kids. The best part? A drizzle of honey tops everything off.
Celery Sticks Stuffed with Almond Butter
Do you remember eating "ants on a log" as a child? Prepare a grown-up version with celery sticks, almond butter, and chia seeds.
Other Uses for Celery Sticks
Green Smoothie with Celery
Since celery is a great detox agent it is an ideal ingredient in a green smoothie. You'll love this healthy drink made with spinach, zucchini, and avocado.
This classic Sunday brunch cocktail is refreshing and has just enough spice to tickle your taste buds. Select a gorgeous celery stalk with lots of leaves.