Sexy Celery: 8 Stunning Ways to Use Up Leftover Stalks

I'm totally with Dana on the celery dilemma. Whenever I buy a bundle for a recipe, half the stalks whither away in the drawer before I figure out what to do with them. The plan from here on out: give that leftover celery some sex-appeal.

The trouble is that celery is rarely the main ingredient in a dish. This makes it hard to envision doing much of anything with those leftover stalks besides throwing them in a stock or smearing them with peanut butter.

Let's see if some of these recipes give us a few more ideas:

Celery and Apple Granita from Gourmet - Such an unusual and undoubtedly refreshing combo.

Celery and Endive Slaw from Martha Stewart - A sprinkle of bleu cheese brings it all together.

Bulgur, Celery, and Pomegranate Salad from 101 Cookbooks - This one is going in the lunch rotation.

Celery and Pear Bisque from Bon Appétit - An interesting twist on the basic cream of celery soup.

Cumin-Scented Stir-Fried Beef with Celery from Epicurious - Stir-frying is a great way to add celery to a warm dish while keeping its crisp.

Celery Juleps from The Bitten Word - Oooh! An alternative to the bloody mary when using up celery!

Young Corn and Celery Soup from La Tartine Gourmande - This one has celeriac in it, too!

Celery Risotto with Pistachio Pesto from Pham Fatale - Green, green, and more green. I love it.

Do you have a favorite recipe with celery as the star?

Related: Recipe Review: Sexy Spicy Broccoli from The New York Times

(Images: John Kernick/Gourmet and Martha Stewart)

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