Try these satisfying crispy snacks as a substitute for chicken wings or cheese sticks- a unique spicy treat sure to impress. Kristin and I make these almost every time we are together. If you aren’t celery fans, you can use this recipe and substitute banana peppers. Warning: these WILL go quickly!!
- 1 bunch celery
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (Garbanzo bean flour or just parmesan cheese for a lower carb option)
- 2 eggs beaten with a splash of water
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- salt and pepper to season
- 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper (more or less if you don’t want it super spicy)
- 1 tbsp paprika
- oil for frying (I use a blend of olive and coconut)
Remove the leaves from the celery stalks and cut into 3-5 inch long spears.
Set up a dredge station using three separate bowls. The first with flour, second with egg beaten with a splash of water, and the third with panko bread crumbs. Season each layer of dredge with salt and black pepper. Add paprika and cayenne to the panko. Set the station up as seen below.
Roll the celery sticks in the flour, egg, and then panko in order to bread them for pan frying.
Warm oil in a frying pan over medium heat. I choose a blend of oils but whatever you have on hand should be sufficient.
Place the celery in the pan and fry until the panko is a golden brown. Flip celery using kitchen tongs in order to cook equally on all sides. Depending on the size of your pan you may want to fry in small batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.
Serve these tasty treats as an appetizer with bleu cheese, hot sauce, or whatever other dips you love.
You can also bake these if you prefer. However these do not absorb that much oil. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil lightly greased with cooking spray. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
They also make an elegant low carb side instead of french fries. I served them with this beautiful venison steak.
Also, when cutting the celery – cut length and width. It is better in thinner slices. Once you bite into one the outside falls apart. So let it cool a little and cut them into bite size pieces!