The Chow recipe of the day that I got in my email was Ladybugs on a Raft which is celery filled with nut butters other than peanut and topped with dried cranberries instead of raisins
Now at first I thought this was taking the ad slogan for Chow/Chowhound being for "primitive cooks" to the basement level.
Then I thought about it. The post-holday diet season approaches, celery has very few calories and celery might be a good vehicle for filling with low calarie foods. It takes awhile to chew, slowing down the meal or snack.
Looking the web I saw stuffings such as hummus, cottage cheese, gucamole, etc There was one suggestion for a mixture of non-fat yogurt, sesame seeds and diced cucumber.
Some people did little additions to the classics such as cinnamon to peanut butter or soy sauce added to a cream cheese / peanut butter mixture.
I guess any filling for sandwiches such as egg salad, crab salad, tuna salad, etc could be used to fill celery cutting down on some of the breadk calaories.
I've always thought that celery hors d'ourves were a waste of a party or holiday snack ... indulge at times ... put that cream cheese or yellow cheese on a Ritz cracker ... go whole hog calorie-wise instead of stuffing some mean little celery stick.
Still, Some of the celery party stuffings sound good like
- cream cheese, sour cream, walnuts, green olives
-,apricots and ricotta
- smoked gouda and sun-dried tomatoes
- cream chieese, chopped dried beef, horseradish, black pepper, lemon juice
- fill with caviar and top with roquefort/cream cheese (not sure about this, but sounds intriguing)
- fois gras
So, how do you like to stuff it?