Celery is an over looked and under used vegetable and can be a delicious vegetable course in a meal. Think about everything you add celery to in recipes and the flavors and then it’s easy to turn celery into a delicious side dish. One of the tricks to delicious celery is that you have to peel the ribs just like you peel a carrot. The oil that the celery gets cooked in will get infused with flavors that will penetrate the celery to make it tasty.
Ingredients for 2 servings
2 cups celery – cleaned – peeled and cut into bite size pieces – save the leaves and put them to the side
1 sprig rosemary
1 sprig sage – just the leaves
2 sprigs thyme
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 Calabrian Chili Pepper – chopped fine
1 garlic clove – mashed fine
sea salt – fresh cracked to taste
black pepper – fresh cracked to taste
Parmesan Cheese – shredded to taste
Use a small fry pan and place it on medium high heat with the butter and oil.
When the butter is almost melted add the rosemary, sage and thyme to the pan and cook till herbs are crisp. (this is only a few minutes) Remove the herbs and let drain on a paper towel.
Turn down the heat to medium.
Add the chili and garlic and mix around well and then add the celery. Cover with foil until the celery is tender crisp. ( a few minutes)
Stir in the celery leaves and they only need up to a minute to wilt.
Add the fresh cracked salt and pepper and stir.
Plate up and add one of the fried herbs and fresh shredded parmesan cheese to the top .