Creamed vegetables on toast are one of my favorite comfort foods, so I was thrilled to find a hundred-year-old recipe for a combination that was new to me. Creamed Celery and Green Pepper is delightful. The celery and the green pepper complement each other perfectly. The chunks of green pepper add flavor and reduce any bitterness in the celery. This quick and easy recipe is a keeper.
Here’s the original recipe:
And, here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:
Creamed Celery and Green Pepper
1 1/2 cups celery, cut in 1-inch pieces
1 small green pepper (1/2 of a typical large supermarket green pepper), cut into vertical slices 3/4 inch wide, then halved
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
Put celery in a saucepan, and cover with water. Using high heat bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat and drain. Stir green pepper pieces into the celery.
In the meantime, in a skillet, melt butter using low heat. Stir the flour into the butter; add salt and pepper. While stirring constantly, slowly pour in milk and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the celery and green pepper pieces, and bring back to a boil; remove from heat. Serve over toast.
28 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Creamed Celery and Green Peppers”
I’m having real difficulty imagining the flavours of celery and green pepper complementing each other. I’ll have to try it and see!
Even though it’s a somewhat unusual combination, I actually really liked the combination. If you give this recipe a try, you’ll have to let me know what you think.
I will! Not yet awhile – just off on holiday.
Have a wonderful holiday!
Bright and colourful, as well as comforting!
You described this dish well; it is bright and colorful.
Yum! I bet this would make a really comforting dish on lazy days.
It would be a perfect dish for a lazy day. It’s very simple to make.
Wonderful summer meal,when it’s too warm to eat heavy!
It would be a perfect summer meal. You think like I do. I also think that meals should be lighter during during hot weather – though sometimes when I tell that to other people, they look like they think that’s the strangest thing they ever heard.
I love the old recipes you find Sheryl and even then cooks were experimenting with different flavours not so much different than now. 🙂
Cooks have been inventing new recipes and tweaking old recipes to adapt to changing availability of ingredients, etc. for a long time. 🙂 I have a lot of fun doing this blog, and it’s wonderful to hear that you enjoy the recipes I find.
I have to try this it looks and sounds so good!
If I might be permitted to substitute peas for the green peppers that I hate, then I bet I’d like this recipe. It sounds filling and inexpensive.
Works for me. Since you don’t like green peppers, you definitely should substitute.
In April I read quite a few personal type news items from 1917-1920 and often people would be described as having served “a delicious lunch”, but they never went into the menu. I wonder if some of them served this dish. Although I never cream vegetables, it does sound delicious and good for a lunch menu.
The “delicious lunch” definitely could have be creamed vegetables on toast. This was the era of creamed vegetables (and of creamed meats and fish – think creamed dried beef on toast and creamed tuna on toast).
This looks so fresh!
I was pleased with how the photo turned out. My photography skills tend to kind of hit or miss, so it felt really good when this one turned out well.
What do you use for a camera? And lighting makes all the difference. Not that I’m great at it, but I have better success in some locations than others
I just use a point and shoot camera – a Nikon CoolPix s9900. You’re absolutely right, lighting makes all the difference.
I also just use a point and shoot. Same sort of thing. I just don’t have the energy to do much more than that.
I cam home from work today all ready to settle in and catch up on my reading and I had looked all through my reader and I finally typed in ahundredyearsago.com and there you were! I’m so happy and I thought I was following you! I looked all through my reader but I found you! I was using 100 lol and I’m in a group called Modern Retro Housewives but I shared a few of your photos and told them all about your blog and how great it is! Happy Mother’s Day and have a great weekend off to read! I thought she probably thinks I’m such a dip wit! I so thought I was following you because I was starting to go quite upsety
Happy Mother’s Day! I just glad that you found this blog again.
This seems like an easy do-able dish on a lazy weekend night. Thanks, Sheryl for sharing the recipe!
You’re welcome – it’s a nice simple dish.
I usually stay away from anything with celery in it, but I have to admit… that picture with the toast and creamy sauce looks pretty good!