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Celery victor

Celery Victor is the creation of the chef at one of San Francisco's most famous hotels.

ingredients

6 servings
3 Large celery hearts, halved
350 ml (12 fl oz) 1 1/2 cups Chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Bay leaves
125 ml (4 fl oz) 1/2 cup Olive oil
4 Tbs Wine vinegar
6 Lettuce leaves
6 Anchovies, halved
12 Pimiento strips

method

1. Put the celery hearts in a saucepan and pour over the stock and seasonings.

2. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.

3. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until the celery is tender.

4. Drain and arrange the hearts in a bowl.

5. Combine the oil and vinegar and pour over the celery. Set aside in the refrigerator for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the hearts have cooled completely.

6. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a serving dish. Put the hearts on top and garnish with a lattice pattern of anchovies and pimiento strips. Serve at once.

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