Braised Celery & Potatoes

You guys, did you know that celery is, like, a real vegetable? That you can cook? As the main ingredient in a dish and not some tiny, background component? And it would be delicious? You did? Well, I didn’t until just now!

I still had a heap of veggie box celery left over after my Waldorf Salad efforts, and not having much of an idea what to do with it, I Googled “celery recipes” for inspiration. At the bottom of the page amongst the oh-so-helpful search suggestions was the phrase “braised celery recipes” and that was all I needed.  I may have even clicked on that phrase and flicked through a couple of the recipes, but I already knew what I was going to do.

The thing about braising celery is that it changes everything. There’s no bitterness, no stringiness, no aching jaw after all that crunchy.  Rather it melts into a tender, sweet-yet-deeply-savory deliciousness. I can’t quite explain it. You’ll just have to make it for yourself.

Braised Celery & Potatoes

Olive oil
1/2 bunch celery
4 medium potatoes (I like Dutch Cream)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup white wine
1-2 cups vegetable stock
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Handful of chopped parsley

Wash the celery and chop into 1-inch lengths.  Heat a slug of olive oil in a large pan and cook the celery over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-inch chunks.  Add them to the pan along with a pinch of salt and cook a further 5 minutes.  Everything should colour up slightly.

Add the garlic and stir through, then pour in the wine and stir, scraping the bottom to get all the bits up.  Allow it to reduce a bit.  Add 1 cup of stock, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally.  Keep an eye on the liquid levels and add more if it’s getting dry before the potatoes are cooked.  The dish is done when the the potatoes are tender and almost all the liquid is gone, leaving a glossy coat all over everything.

Stir through the lemon juice and parsley.  Have a taste and season with salt and pepper.  Spoon out into big bowls, grab a fork, and get to know your celery in a whole new way.

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10 responses to “Braised Celery & Potatoes

  1. I wish I could email your celery recipes to last year when we were getting it delivered week after week in our veggie box! Instead I might have to do the unthinkable and buy celery, just to try this.

  2. i’m making this RIGHT NOW!

  3. Cindy, can you believe I was actually disappointed there was no celery in my delivery this week and I thought about buying some to make it again?

    Nix, I hope it is delicious!

  4. I just made/consumed this and it was DELICIOUS.

  5. This will be on my menu this week for sure.

  6. Who knew a celery recipe would get so much love?

  7. How much is a slug of olive oil

    • I wondered the same exact thing! I’m guessing 1-2 tablespoons… LOL

      • About that. I don’t measure much, especially with savory cooking. Just pour in enough oil to lightly coat the pan and stop things from sticking. It really doesn’t need to be precise – do it by feel.

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