Cutting celery is an actual celery, just without the enlarged stalk. It seems even more aromatic than regular celery and has fine celery flavor.
Cutting celery looks like flat-leafed parsley, but is loaded with celery flavor. In Holland it is used to flavor soups and stews. It can also be chopped up and thrown into a green salad. It looks lots like Italian parsley, It can be used in many places that Italian parsley is used.
Andy and I use cutting celery where we would the common, fat celery stalks of our childhood. We chop up the leaves to flavor stocks, soups and also fried rice. I like to throw fresh leaves into a green salad, along with parsley and arugula. I've been known to substitute it successfully for cilantro in Asian noodle dishes and for Italian Parsley in many different dishes.
The following is from Colin Spencer's The Vegetable Book about Cutting Celery, or Smallage:
In Greece, Sicily, Italy and France you will find smallage (cutting celery) piled high in the markets. There they consider smallage by far the best type of celery to cook with, flavoring soups and stews with that very distinct aromatic savoriness. "It is an agreeable pursuit to roam the pleasant, wild countryside, picking plants here and there... should you find lovage or mountain celery – to be picked green, fresh and fragrant." from The Fourteenth Century Herbal, the Four Seasons of the House of Cerruti.
2 pounds fingerling or yukon gold potatoes, boiled, peeled if
desired, and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon each salt and pepper
2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut into small dice
½ cup minced cipollini onion
½ cup chopped cutting celery
1/4 cup sweet pickle (not relish), cut into small dice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1. Layer warm potato cubes in medium bowl; sprinkle with lemon juice, salt, and pepper as you go. Refrigerate while preparing remaining ingredients.
2. Mix in remaining ingredients; refrigerate until ready to serve.
More Celery Recipes
Celery Root Recipes
Parsley Recipes (cutting celery can be used in many parsley recipes as long as the celery flavor is welcome)
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