Sweet-and-Sour Celery

Recipe from epicurious.com.

Ingredients:

¾ cup water
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
3 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons mild honey
4 pounds celery (2 to 3 bunches; any dark green outer ribs peeled), cut into 2-inch pieces, reserving about 1 cup inner celery leaves
¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Procedure:

Cut a round of parchment paper to fit just inside a wide heavy 6-to 8-quarts pot, then set round aside.

Simmer water, lemon juice, oil, honey, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in pot, stirring, until honey has dissolved. Stir in celery (but not leaves) and cover with parchment round. Simmer until tender and liquid is reduced to about ¼ cup, 35 to 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, coarsely chop reserved leaves.

Serve celery sprinkled with celery leaves and parsley.

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