Wow. I was not expecting such a visceral response to that last post. I thought I was just being self-indulgent and navel-gazey, but I guess my little moment of victory resonated more than I knew. Thanks so much to everyone who shared their experiences. You are all amazing, and I love you dearly.
I’m afraid to follow that up with a letdown, so let’s go for utter simplicity here.
I made some celery salt last week. It’s pretty nifty.
If you’re like me and can’t bring yourself to eat celery leaves, this is a terrific way to use them up. If you’re like most of the kitchen-inclined world and hate having to buy a whole head of celery for a recipe that only uses one stalk, this will help you feel like you’re getting a little more value out of your purchase. Plus, if you’re going for the “Look what I did!” factor, this is pretty far up there. It tastes like celery–it smells like celery–only even more pungent and grassy and bright. A little of this goes a long way.
Is making your own celery salt going to change your life? No. But I’ve had enough life-changing moments for a little while, I think. This is just a little kitchen fun.
Adapted, barely, from 101 Cookbooks
1 head’s worth of celery leaves, picked clean from the stalks
About 1 cup flaky sea salt*
*Flaky sea salt can get pricey, so I used regular sea salt. The results are all right, but I feel like my celery salt is merely reaching for greatness. I suspect the fancy flaky stuff is the key to really getting there.
Wash and thoroughly dry the celery leaves thoroughly. Preheat the oven to 350º F and toast the leaves on a baking sheet for 5-7 minutes, just until they start to get toasty around the edges.
Remove the baked celery leaves from the oven and let cool completely. Some of the leaves won’t dry completely; feel free to discard them.
Using a sharp knife, chop the dried celery leaves into pieces about the same size as the grains of salt you’re using. Toss with the salt until thoroughly combined, and store in an airtight container. Use any time you want to add a little extra savory depth to whatever you’re cooking.