Many recipes use some form of celery in their ingredient list. Celery is a staple in most tuna and chicken salad recipes. A simple celery stalk filled with cream cheese makes for a tasty and pleasing crunchy appetizer.
It is the texture of the celery stalk that gives that extra punch to those dishes that use it and if you are looking for not one but two excellent recipes that use this vegetable, consider a blended Bloody Mary cocktail and this recipe for marinated shrimp. It is this vegetable component that lends the proper flavor making a good Bloody Mary, a great one and the shrimp dish wonderful.
The key to a great Bloody Mary is the blending process. No pun intended, but “blended, not stirred or shaken” is the key!
1 ½ oz. Vodka
3 ea Drops Tabasco sauce
3 oz V-8 juice
1 shake Pepper to taste
1 squeeze Lemon; juiced
1 shake Salt to taste
½ t Worcestershire sauce
1 celery stalk
Use a blender when preparing this cocktail and pour into a tall glass filled with ice. Add the celery stalk as a garnish. If you would rather use a prepared Bloody Mary mix, Zing Zang brand is the best.
Marinated Shrimp is an excellent starter and also complements any buffet.
2 ½ pounds Gulf shrimp
1 ½ cups vegetable salad oil
¾ cup white vinegar
1 ½ tablespoon salt
2 ½ tablespoon celery seed
3 teaspoons capers
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco
2 cups sliced red onion in rings
Boil shrimp in crab boil. For every two and one-half pounds of shrimp, use ¼ cup of powdered crab boil. Cook shrimp until they turn pink, tasting often for desired doneness. Remove from heat and run cold water over shrimp to stop cooking.
Peel and toss in marinade for 24 hours.