Today is Sunday and I'm linking these stuffed celery sticks to Cookbook Sundays at Brenda's Canadian Kitchen and Potluck Sunday at Mommy's Kitchen. As well, as adding it to a growing list in my own cookbook countdown. (Just 200 more to go and this will be #35 in my countdown)
Stuffed celery isn't any grand find, or any "new" thing, but I am counting down my cookbooks, so I'm always looking for something ... dare I say it ... easy, in a cookbook (this isn't always the case, but I won't lie to you, it is in most cases for my cookbook countdown), and something that will serve a purpose.
My purpose this time was to find an appetizer to take to a party. I found this "Waldorf, blue cheese" spread to stuff in celery. It sounded good. I like Waldorf salad. No one in my family does, so I make it once a year just to get my fix. Who wouldn't like crispy apples and walnuts and raisins and celery? Oh, and blue cheese?
Okay, so a lot of you wouldn't like that combination. But I do. So I made it.
I took spicy hot wings* and placed the stuffed celery around them. My thought was they always serve blue cheese with buffalo wings--to cut the spice, I think, so I was going with the same theory. My celery sticks just had an addition of apples and nuts, sans the raisins (we put raisins in our Waldorf salad, do you?).
I think they were well liked, because all but 2 of them were eaten. I doubled the recipe so there were closer to 24 celery sticks.
Let me tell you about the party I took them to. It was a wine tasting party.
This is how it goes:
Everyone who is invited brings the same kind of wine and a dollar. And then these wines are put in a wine bag, so you cannot see the label.
Everyone brings an appetizer. Thru-out the night, people mingle and visit and eat appetizers and "taste" every wine. And then we vote. The wine with the most votes gets to take home all the $1's. It was about $22 or $24 this time.
It's all the same kind of wine, but it's really amazing how different the same kind can taste, given different wine producers, different regions.
It was a fun evening. Relaxing and nice.
And the Waldorf Celery Sticks from the 2010 Taste of Home Annual Recipes, turned out just perfect.
Here it is: Cookbook #35
*I must confess, I didn't make the spicy chicken wings...I opened a box. Don't we all do that sometimes?
Waldorf Celery Sticks
1/2 cup finely chopped apple
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts
3 T. mayonnaise
2 T. crumbled blue cheese
12 celery ribs
In a bowl, combine the apples, walnuts, mayonnaise and blue cheese. Spoon filling into celery ribs, a scant 2 T. in each.
Chill until served.
Tomorrow is my 500th post. Or I should say my next post will be my 500th post.
Will my 500th post be about books or food?
I'm very torn. I feel as if it should be a special post, since I've failed in the "give-away" department.
I will have to give this some thought.