Recipes

Crisp Creamy Celery

Friendship Club tested this celery salad from the Easy-As-Pie Cookbook back when we tried Barbie’s Bacon-and-Cheese Beauties, and while it needed extra seasoning to give it any interest at all, it was still probably the more successful of that evening’s by-the-book experiments.


Crisp Creamy Celery

Ingredients:

      • 6-8 stalks of celery
      • 1 cup sour cream
      • salt
      • pepper
      • celery salt

Slice celery into 1/4-inch pieces. Season sour cream with salt, pepper, and celery salt to taste. Mix sour cream with celery and shake a little more celery salt on top.

Serve cold. Serves 4 – 6 as a side.

-Adapted from Barbie’s Easy-As-Pie Cookbook


The cookbook version doesn’t include the celery salt, so this recipe tasted deeply boring until Alana grabbed that extra ingredient from her spice rack.

Crisp Creamy Celery is the kind of thing that, at least here in the south, you could call a salad. Despite that, I would never bring it along to a potluck. Setting a bowl of this out with no other explanation would make folks assume you made a chunky chip dip and then spaced on bringing the Ruffles to go along with it. That misunderstanding is actually better than the alternative, in which you, a grown adult person, announce that something that looks like two random ingredients from your fridge is a genuine cookbook recipe, essentially telling a party full of your friends and neighbors that all their company is worth is a weird, low-effort experiment. Personally, I’d rather just be that person who shows up with a package of paper plates and a grocery store pound cake.

Extra Tips:

  • The exact consistency of this dish is going to depend on how large your celery stalks are, but Barbie suggests that 6-8 stalks should make for about 3 cups once it’s chopped. (We ended up with maybe 2 cups worth, which probably contributed to the dip-like texture.)
  • If you don’t have any celery salt on hand, we suggest trying dill or garlic powder. Or you could get wild and toss in a bit of lemon juice and zest. You definitely need to use something to perk this up because the base combination of two mild flavors just doesn’t cut it on its own.

Final Thoughts:

This was a ridiculously fast thing to put together, so I could see how it ended up in a cookbook aimed at kids and teens. It’s hard to imagine why I’d ever make it again though. But if you have a deep love for sour cream or want to trick a small child into eating a vegetable, Crisp Creamy Celery is probably worth a try.

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