Rockin' Celery Boats
- 12 celery stalks, peeled
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- Pinch sea salt
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 red jalapenos, seeded
Cut the celery into 4-inch-long pieces, then slice off a thin edge at the rounded part of the stalk to help them lie flat while stuffing. Place them in a bowl of ice water and refrigerate until ready to stuff.
In a bowl, toss the pecans with the honey, butter, cayenne and salt, making sure the nuts are well coated. Spread on a baking sheet, bake until nuts are toasted, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely.
Chop pecans coarsely in a food processor. Add the cream cheese and process until smooth. Remove celery from the refrigerator, drain and dry well. Scrape cream cheese/nut mixture out of the food processor into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Fill each celery boat with a generous amount of the mixture.
Recipe courtesy of Pilar Sanchez