Celery plays a crucial background role in stocks, soups, and stews, but here are some ways for this underappreciated veggie to take the spotlight.

It’s lovely partner with seafood in a stir-fry. One of Melanie Wong’s favorite combos is scallops, lots of celery, and toasted pine nuts.

Celery’s a great braising vegetable, especially nice paired with a roasted or braised meat dish, says ashwood. Sweat it lightly in oil or butter, alone or with carrots and pearl onions, then braise in the liquid from whatever meat you’re serving.

Celery is a great centerpiece for salads. piccola makes a light, refreshing shaved celery salad by slicing 6 to 8 stalks of celery very thin on a mandoline and tossing with 1/3 cup chopped parsley and lemon juice, oil, and salt to taste. JudiAU riffs on a classic Caesar by combining lots of very thinly sliced celery and endive with a lemon-anchovy dressing and shaved Parmesan.

Das Ubergeek recommends homemade celery soda: steep celery ribs, leaves, and seeds in simple syrup, strain, chill, and mix with soda water.

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