If you find your celery at all tough to eat raw, try baking this delicious celery dish and serving with your favourite salad mix.

2 heads of Celery

1 small Onion

2 Bay Leaves

250ml Milk

50g Butter

40g Plain Flour

30g grated Strong Cheese

1 handful of Parsley (optional)

1 handful breadcrumbs

  1. Separate the ribs of the Celery reassemble in a low pan or baking dish. 
  2. Thinly slice the Onion and scatter on top with Bay Leaves, a little Salt and some Black Pepper. 
  3. Poach gently with enough water to cover the ribs until Celery tender. 
  4. Remove Celery, Onion and Bay Leaves with perforated spoon and lay in shallow baking dish. 
  5. Melt Butter in another sauce pan, stir in flour, cook lightly on low heat for a few minutes, taking care not to burn it. 
  6. Add 350ml of cooking liquid and the Milk. 
  7. Continue cooking gently, stirring continuously until you have a smooth sauce; bringing just to boil then removing from heat.
  8.   Stir in finely chopped Parsley if used and half of the Cheese. 
  9. Pour over Celery. 
  10. Mix rest of Cheese with breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the top. 
  11. Bake for 40 mins until bubbling and caramellising. 
  12. Serve with your favourite Summer Salad.