Braised Celery and Leeks with Vanilla

This fragrant dish of tender celery and leeks incorporates a bit of vanilla extract into the flavorful braising liquid.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4-6
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8 stalks trimmed celery, peeled and cut into 3-inch lengths

1 leek, halved lengthwise, washed and cut into 3-inch lengths

1 cup chicken broth

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup celery leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Layer the celery and leeks in a baking dish. Add the chicken broth, butter and vanilla extract. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and a couple turns of pepper. Cover with foil and braise in the oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook until tender, about 20 minutes more. Top with the celery leaves.
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