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Fenland celery, herb & bacon parcels

Fenland celery, herb & bacon parcels

Fenland celery tastes delicious when roasted. Cooking it in little parcels keeps all the flavours and lovely juices in. Try this easy recipe for family suppers, children love anything wrapped up!

  • Preparation: 10 mins
  • Cooking: 40 mins
  • Serves: 4

What you need:

  • 6-8 Fenland celery sticks
  • 200g smoked bacon lardons
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into wedges
  • Pinch of sage, thyme and rosemary, chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar

What you do:

  1. Cut the Fenland celery into approx. 3 cm pieces, removing any tough ends or strings.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan and gently cook the Fenland celery and onion for 10 minutes, remove and add the bacon and cook until crispy.
  3. Cut 4 x 30cm circles of baking parchment, divide the Fenland celery and onion between the circles, then sprinkle over the herbs and bacon.
  4. Mix together the remaining olive oil, Dijon mustard and vinegar, this is best done in an empty lidded jam jar and giving it a good shake, divide between the Fenland celery parcels.
  5. Wrap up the parcels by bringing the edges together and tying with a piece of string, place on a baking tin and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Leave the parcels to cool for a few minutes before carefully opening.

Cook's tip:

Fenland celery is a heritage variety of celery grown in the Cambridgeshire Fens. In 2013, Fenland celery was awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status and joined the ranks of Parma ham, Champagne and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies. Fenland celery is only grown in small pockets of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk using traditional farming methods. The deep, peaty soils in the Fens work towards giving Fenland celery its nutty-sweet flavour and paler colour. Fenland celery is available from October to December and can be found in Waitrose, Ocado, Wholefoods and Marks & Spencer.

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Fenland Celery

Fenland Celery

Fenland Celery is a heritage winter celery variety. It is paler in colour than standard celery and has unique ‘nutty-sweet’ flavour.
The unique growing method involves banking the soil up around the celery head as it grows to protect it from the frost and gives the celery its exceptional flavour.

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