The Basics: Celery

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The Technique

Celery

Celery is a kitchen staple that flavors soup, main dishes & sauces beautifully. They may also serve to play a valuable role as a dipper when appetizers are planned for parties. A stalk composed of ribs that may be used to flavor anything from chicken salad to Zuppa Toscana, celery is naturally fibrous with a distinctive flavor. Although the vegetable is comprised of 95% water, it’s an antioxidant & considered to be a good source of vitamin K. Expect a shelf life of approximately 3 weeks when stored properly. Although not necessary, to reduce the strings, run a vegetable peeler down the ribs before dicing. Learn how combine & prep them with onions & green bell peppers to create a  classic culinary seasoning blend, the holy trinity.

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How To Prep Celery & The Holy Trinity 

Many classic Louisiana recipes use a combination of aromatic vegetables referred to as the holy trinity to season dishes such as Classic Sausage Jambalaya or Red Beans & RiceThe key take away, once the vegetables have been selected, is to make certain they are diced to a similar size for even cooking. This will also ensure a pleasing look & texture to the final dish. 

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The Technique

Green bell peppers may be sliced in half lengthwise from core to base. Remove the seeds & the membrane. Slice away the base & top of the pepper where it curves. Those portions may be reserved for salads then the piece that remains may be pressed open, cut into strips & diced. For the onions, slice away the root & top portion, cut them in half, place the flat side on the cutting board & make cuts lengthwise & crosswise. Celery may be trimmed, cut in half then sliced lengthwise once or twice to create a good size once cut horizontally. Use the holy trinity as directed in specific recipe applications.

The Tune
“East Of The Sun” Billie Holiday 

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