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Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery

Stuffed celery is packed full of a yummy cream cheese and vegetable filling and topped with chopped bacon. The perfect party appetizer!

A CLASSIC APPETIZER/SNACK RECIPE

Have you ever eaten stuffed celery that wasn’t stuffed with peanut butter? Stuffed celery is thought of as a retro party food. It was quite popular about 30-40 years ago. You couldn’t go to a single get-together without seeing a variation of this appetizer. It’s sorta like deviled eggs. There are a lot of unique twists to make them these days – but when it comes down to it – most folks just want to the old-fashioned ones that they know.

tray of celery stuffed with cream cheese, vegetable soup mix and topped with walnuts.

TIPS FOR MAKING THIS APPETIZER RECIPE:

  • These stuffed pieces of celery are so easy to make and require very little prep time. You could even buy pre-cut celery to make it even faster!
  • Instead of the vegetable soup mix, try adding ranch seasoning mix.
  • You can top these however you like. They are traditonally topped with chopped nuts but we really love bacon pieces too.
Stuffed Celery recipe from The Country Cook. Celery shown laid out in a row on a white platter.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • celery
  • cream cheese
  • milk
  • vegetable soup mix
  • chopped walnut or bacon pieces

HOW TO MAKE CREAM CHEESE STUFFED CELERY:

Cut dried celery stalks into 3 sections each. Set side.

chopped celery on a wood cutting board.

In a bowl, using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and milk together (add additional milk for a creamier texture). Add dry vegetable soup mix, and stir well.

cream cheese and vegetable soup mix in a clear bowl.

Stuff celery with cream cheese mixture. If your mixture is thin enough, you can use a piping bag with tip and pipe the stuffing into the celery.

celery pieces stuffed with cream cheese mixture on a white platter.

Sprinkle with walnut chips or bacon pieces (optional).

Celery stuffed with cream cheese and topped with chopped walnuts. Closeup photo.

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tray of celery stuffed with cream cheese, vegetable soup mix and topped with walnuts

Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery

Stuffed celery is packed full of a yummy cream cheese and vegetable filling and topped with chopped walnuts or bacon. The perfect party appetizer!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 10 stalks celery, rinsed and dried very well
  • 2 (8 ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1.25 ounce packet vegetable soup mix
  • ½ cup walnut chips, for topping (optional)
  • ½ cup bacon pieces, for topping (optional)

Instructions

  • Cut dried celery stalks into 3 sections each. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and milk together (add additional milk for a creamier texture). Add dry vegetable soup mix and stir well.
  • Stuff celery with cream cheese mixture. If your mixture is thin enough, you can use a piping bag with tip and pipe the stuffing into the celery.
  • Sprinkle with walnut chips and/or bacon pieces (optional).

Notes

  • These stuffed pieces of celery are so easy to make and require very little prep time. You could even buy pre-cut celery to make it even faster!
  • Instead of the vegetable soup mix, try adding ranch seasoning mix.
  • You can top these however you like. They are traditonally topped with chopped nuts but we really love bacon pieces too.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Sodium: 385mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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23 Comments

  1. My dear mother just used Old English Cheese, that came in a little jar – it’s hard to find now, but it was always a treat at Thanksgiving.

  2. 5 stars
    Gram and Mom always made this. They would chop up stuffed green olives and mix them with softened cream cheese. At 70, I still make these around the holidays, or for special occasions, and they are always well received. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    My grandmother made these for every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although she just piled on the cream cheese and nothing else.

    I’ll have to give yours a shot this year. Hosting my first Thanksgiving at my house and have to make everybody happy so I won’t have to travel next year. 🙂

  4. I am currently on Weight Watchers and whenever I see a recipe I like with the nutritional information posted, I like to figure out who many points are in a serving. This recipe says it serves 12 yet there are 30 pieces of celery which means each serving is 2 and 1/2 pieces? It looks great and I love the crunch of walnuts!

    1. Hi Kathy! That’s a good question! The recipe card system I use automatically provides these figures. I do my best to guess number of servings. If you are on a laptop or desktop computer, you can place your mouse over the number of servings and slide it up or down and the nutritional values will change. Hope that helps!

  5. My mom always made it stuffed with her homemade pimento cheese for the holidays. We (family) loved it! So one year I hosted Thanksgiving, none of my own family, just friends and my wife’s family. I thought that this would be perfect since we loved it so much. I made it and not. one. single. stalk. was. eaten. Not one. I realized then, it maybe wasn’t a “normal” holiday dish. But yours sounds like an alternative…sprinkle some crunchy bacon pieces on top. yep.

  6. 5 stars
    You could always find this on the table at my mom’s holiday meals.. I continued the tradition and my family has always loved it.

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve found a delish pimento cheese called Palmetto Cheeses that has jalapenos in it, and also a plain Palmetto cheese both available at Publix and Sam’s. It’s wonderful in celery!

  8. 5 stars
    Take a thin strip from the bottom of the piece of celery so that it stays flat on the serving dish. Then stuff as usual. It’s a good recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    My Mom always served these at Holiday time. She used plain old homemade pimento cheese for the stuffing. So good and so easy.. You’re right, the oldies but goodies are really good even if they don’t require a degree in culinary science to prepare! LOL!

  10. 5 stars
    I make mine with cream cheese,chopped green olives, chopped pecans, and a tablespoon mayonnaise. Mix it up and stuff the celery. Its always the first to go.