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Midweek Meal: Make the most of celery with this recipe, perfect for a weeknight

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Celery is made to be scoffed, not scoffed at, and we’ve found the perfect recipe to do just that…

Monday to Thursday evenings are often filled with the age-old conflict of being excited that we’re one day closer to the weekend, but miffed by the fact we still have to make a substantial dinner.

But midweek meals need not be a thing of dread any longer, as this recipe that takes the often overlooked celery and turns it into something to look forward to proves.

We may have helped you suss what to have for your midweek dinner, but who you choose to share it with (if anyone at all) is up to you.


Caramelised celery tarte tatin with parmesan and sage crust

(Serves 2) 

Ingredients

For the pastry:

  • 100g cold butter, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 200g plain flour
  • 8 sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 25g parmesan, finely grated
  • Pinch salt

For the filling:

  • 2 whole bunches of celery, remove outer leaves and trim roots but do not separate out the sticks
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 25g freshly grated parmesan to sprinkle

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Make the pastry in a large bowl by tossing the diced butter in the flour, sage, parmesan and a pinch of salt.
  2. Add just enough ice-cold water, about 6-8 tablespoons, to bring it together into a firm dough that is not too sticky. There should be no loose pieces of butter or flour left in the bowl.
  3. Turn on to a floured work surface and roll into a rectangle of about 1cm thick. Fold the top third in towards you into the middle, and the bottom third up over it – just like folding a letter.
  4. Turn the pastry by 90 degrees, roll out to a rectangle again and repeat the folding. Repeat this turning, rolling and folding process 4 or 5 times, keeping the board and rolling pin lightly floured. Wrap the pastry in cling film and chill for at least an hour before using.
  5. While the pastry is chilling, make the filling. Cut each celery bunch into half through the root, then each half into quarters leaving you with 8 pieces. Melt the butter with the oil in a frying pan that can go in the oven.
  6. Add the sugar, balsamic vinegar and celery and season with a little salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Cover the mix loosely with a piece of damp greaseproof paper and gently sweat for 15-20 minutes until the celery is soft and tender when pierced with the point of a knife.
  8. Remove the greaseproof paper, turn up the heat and fry for a further 5 minutes until lightly caramelised. Turn off the heat and spread the celery out evenly in a single layer over the base of the pan. Allow to cool a little.
  9. On a floured work surface roll out the pastry into a circle just a little larger than the frying pan. Carefully lift the pastry and lay over the celery, tucking the edges under. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the pastry has puffed up.
  10. Remove from the oven and carefully turn out on to a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the parmesan and return to the oven for a further 5-10 minutes until the parmesan has browned and the pastry is cooked through.

Recipe courtesy of lovecelery.co.uk

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