We have made a tasty starter by recycling stale bread with the celery leaves. These latter are too often discarded, when in fact they are full of flavour and can add a fancy touch to the food. With just a few ingredients, you can create simple, tasty recipes with an eye to the budget as well.
The quantities depend on how much bread or celery leaves you have at hand since they are meant to be leftovers.

Serves 2-3, Preparation 10 mins, Cooking about 30 mins

  • Stale bread, to taste
  • Celery leaves, to taste
  • Grated Parmigiano or Pecorino cheese, 2 tbsp for the mix + a bit for coating
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper, a pinch
  • EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a drizzle


Preheat the oven to 180 C / GAS 4 /350 F.

Break the bread into pieces, soak them in water until soft but not mushy, squeeze them out.

Chop garlic clove and celery leaves, add them to the bread chunks with an egg, grated cheese, salt and pepper, mix with your hands until you have a uniform mixture.

Tip: if it is too dry, add another egg, if too mushy, add more grated cheese or more bread.

With damp hands, start forming the patties and coat them with grated cheese.

Tip: A tasty variation for coating them is also with sesame seeds.

Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper, drizzle with EVOO and bake for about 30 mins in a static oven.

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