Italian Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery – Football Friday

Italian Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery – outrageously good with only 5 ingredients! A party favorite! Can make in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve. Celery, cream cheese, Italian dressing mix, mayonnaise, and mozzarella cheese. This is always the first thing to go! Great for game day, parties, potlucks, and the holidays!

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Italian Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery

Stuffed celery is a staple at our parties. It is easy to make and everyone loves it. This Italian Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery is our favorite recipe! It only has a few simple ingredients but it packs a ton of flavor! It is perfect for tailgating on game day, potlucks, parties, and holiday appetizers! I always have the stuff on hand to make this outrageously good stuffed celery! One bite and you will too!

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How to Make Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery

This Italian Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery is super easy to make. It only has 5 ingredients, including the celery! Start with a block of softened cream cheese. Mix in some Italian dressing mix, mayonnaise, and mozzarella cheese. Stuff that mixture into some celery stalks and you are done! I just use a spoon or knife to spread the cream cheese mixture into the stalks. I garnished the celery with some paprika and dried parsley. You could even top the stuffed celery with some chopped pecans! YUM!

Can Italian Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery be Made in Advance?

You can make the Italian cream cheese mixture in advance and keep it refrigerated until you are ready to stuff the celery. It will keep 4 or 5 days in the refrigerator. You can also stuff the celery and refrigerate it overnight. I LOVE easy make-ahead appetizers like this!

stuffed celery on a platter

Stuffed Celery for Thanksgiving

As I said, this Italian Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery is a party favorite! I already have the stuff to make this for our football party this weekend. This stuffed celery is also PERFECT for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We love to whip up a batch for snacking before the big holiday meal. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog to finish off your party spread that go great with this outrageously good Italian Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery:

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Italian Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Italian Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery – outrageously good with only 5 ingredients! A party favorite! Can make in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve. Celery, cream cheese, Italian dressing mix, mayonnaise, and mozzarella cheese. This is always the first thing to go! Great for game day, parties, potlucks, and the holidays! #celery #appetizer #gameday #thanksgiving #christmas #stuffedcelery

Ingredients:

  • 6 or 7 stalks of celery rinsed and dried
  • 1 (8-oz) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (0.7-oz) package Italian dressing mix
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  • Cut each celery stalk into three pieces. Set aside.
  • Combine cream cheese, Italian dressing mix, mayonnaise, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Stuff celery with cream cheese mixture.
  • Garnish celery with dried parsley and paprika, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes:

Can make in advance and refrigerate covered in the refrigerator.
I used a packet of Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix. Do not make the dressing. You are only going to use the seasoning in the packet.

Steph

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Comments

  1. I’ve made this celery appetizer for years and I only use 3 ingredients. Celery, cream cheese and pistachio nuts. You don’t really need the mayo or Italian dressing mix. It’s flavorful and an excellent appetizer just as it is.

  2. Great recipe! Added some crispy bacon crumbles and top with some finely chopped toasted pecans!!! I let it sit all day in fridge before using! Highly recommend making it ahead and giving the flavors time to meld!

  3. Made it as stated but thought it was too salty. The mozzarella cheese made a perfect texture but was so mild it didn’t add much to the flavor profile. Made so much I ran out of celery. Dipped carrot sticks into it and spread it on a variety of specialty crackers. Excellent on all.
    The only real criticism I have is the use of the phrase CAN BE MADE AHEAD should be changed to SHOULD BE MADE AHEAD. It is good immediately but much better the next day. It takes a while for the herbs and seasonings to rehydrate and infuse into and meld with their surroundings.
    The 2nd time I made it, I used a copycat recipe for Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix and omitted the salt. I replaced some of the shredded cheese with 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese. I didn’t have any mozzarella cheese so I used shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
    The result was different but just as good. I think next time I’ll try putting walnut pieces on the stuffed celery. That should taste good.
    Actually, I think this recipe would be good in several different variations. Crumbled blue cheese, even shredded American style cheese or shredded Velveeta would be yum.
    Thank you for a good framework recipe, a base that can be tweaked to fit ingredients on hand and personal tastes.

  4. Have you tried heating the filling in a dish and then dipping the celery stalks, a la spinach/artichoke-style dip? I would be interested to try it that way, but wanted to see if anyone has already.

    1. I’ve had the filling cold as a dip but not warm. It sounds REALLY good warm! You should try it!!! Let us know how it turns out. I’m guessing YUMMY!

    1. would love to know if you tried this…I just cannot eat mayo, plus I will travel w it refrigerated for Tailgate, but do not want to chance w mayo.

  5. I love this recipe. My family and I use it as a vegetable dip. We also spread it on crackers and toast. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Would someone please tell me if the measurement for the Italian Dressing Seasoning is correct in the recipe? I bought Good Season and it comes in 0.7 oz. which would be quite a bit more than .07 oz in the recipe.

        1. I’ve never frozen this so I can not say. The texture of the cream cheese will change after freezing, so keep that in mind.

    1. What do you think about putting the itialan seasoning on the cream cheese and putting it on the smoker. Then mixing it up and stuffing the celery?

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