Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Brussdels Sprouts For Thanksgiving

So, what do you do with Brussels Sprouts? Boil 'em. Steam 'em. There's gotta be more and there is.
1) You can take about 12 of the sprouts and boil until tender. Reduce 6 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar to one-half. Place the drained sprouts in the reduction. Stir and add salt. Serve hot. Serves 2.

2). Or take 12 medium sprouts and cut in half - see photo. Then take the juice of 1 lemon and add about 1/4 cup olive oil. Stir until emulsified. Place sprouts in a large bowl. Add the lemon mixture. Let sit for about 30 minutes stirring about every 10 minutes to coat the sprouts. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the sprouts on a lipped cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir sprouts and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle lightly with gray salt - Celtic Salt. Serve hot. Serves 2.

We had these sprouts as a trial for Thanksgiving and we were surprised. They are good! No more of that "cabbage" taste, bitterness or smell. The black leaves can be removed - they do keep the flavors into the sprout. Dinner was a succulent braised Pork Chop with Orange Sauce, Applesauce, Chard Stems with Garlic, Raisins and Roasted Pine Nuts and the Roasted Brussels Sprouts. For liquid refreshment - you always have to have liquid refreshment - we had a 2007 Cinder Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Blend that went very well with the menu.

So there you are. Another Thanksgiving suggestion. Cheers!

1 comment:

Michael Boss said...

Some great preparation ideas for a vastly under appreciated veggie. And for you Behind the Menu followers, they'll be no pumpkin pie until you clean your plates.