Braised Celery with Parmesan

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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1 head celery with leaves, ribs separated

1 cup chicken broth, low-sodium canned or homemade, or water

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

8 to 12 whole cloves garlic, peeled

1/2 teaspoon celery seeds, optional

1 sprig thyme, optional

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan


  1. Peel the tough, fibrous layers from the outer celery ribs. Split the ribs lengthwise and cut into 2 to 3-inch long pieces. Chop 2 tablespoons of the celery leaves, save the rest for other uses¿they are great in salads.
  2. Put the celery, broth, olive oil, garlic, celery seeds, and thyme in a medium skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat, and then adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Place a circle of parchment paper directly on the vegetables or set a lid slightly ajar on the skillet. Cook until the celery is tender but not mushy, about 15 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a serving dish, and reduce the cooking liquid to a saucy glaze. Remove the thyme sprig, and pour the cooking liquid over the celery, sprinkle with the cheese, and serve.

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