Celery is an underrated vegetable that deserves more attention in the kitchen. When cooked properly, celery transforms from having a very crisp, sometimes stringy texture, to being wonderfully tender. In this article I will instrcut you how to cook celery in 2 different ways are braising celery on the stovetop along with carrots, and roasting it in the oven with mushrooms.

1. How To Cook Celery

1.1. Braised Celery Recipe

Braising relies on simmering celery in a small amount of liquid to gently steam it to perfection. Here celery gets paired with sweet carrots and cooked in an aromatic vegetable broth.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 celery stalks, cut into 1⁄2-inch slices
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut 1⁄2-inch slices
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 1⁄2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

In a large skillet with a lid, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook the onions about 5 minutes until translucent.

Add the celery, carrots, garlic, thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Cook 2 minutes more while stirring frequently.

Pour in the broth and season with salt and pepper. Increase heat and bring the broth to a boil.

Cover the skillet, reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer for 20-25 minutes, until celery and carrots are very tender when pierced with a fork.

Remove and discard bay leaf and thyme stems. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy braised celery as a side dish or serve over cooked grains or pasta.

1.2. Roasted Celery Recipe

Roasting concentrates celery’s flavor while adding delicious caramelized notes. Mushrooms enhance savory umami in each bite.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

In a large bowl, toss together the celery, mushrooms and garlic with olive oil until thoroughly coated. Sprinkle over thyme, salt and pepper and toss again.

Arrange vegetable mixture on baking sheet in a single layer, without overcrowding.

Roast 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway, until deeply golden brown in spots and celery is very tender. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Serve celery and mushroom roast warm or at room temperature. Enjoy as a hearty side or over cooked barley, farro or quinoa for an easy vegetarian main dish.

Learning how to braise or roast really unlocks celery’s full potential. Both of these moist heat methods add wonderful depth of flavor and leave this underappreciated veggie tender and delicious. For best results, don’t skip properly preparing the celery through slicing or cutting it into even-sized pieces. Doing so helps it cook at a consistent rate. Treat your tastebuds to these elevated celery dishes!

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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