I have been on a mission to not only eat brussel sprouts to like them too. So many people rant and rave about them, but when you grew up having them boiled there is no way you can ever imagine them tasting good.
The best way to find a good recipe is to post on Facebook and ask your foodie friends how they prepare them. Take all those suggestions, mix them up and come out with one great recipe of your own.
Here is my most favorite way to eat them and a few variations on that even
Cut brussel sprouts in half
drizzle with olive oil, I used garlic olive oil
dice up some sweet onion – couple tablespoons or to taste
Sea salt – don’t use table salt…ever….on anything
1 piece of bacon diced or pancetta
1-2 tblsp. Pine Nuts
Balsamic Vinegar – I used 18 year old balsamic
I add everything except the pine nuts and balsamic, toss to coat, then make sure all the cut sides are down. It helps them to caramelize.
Put in them in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. About the time they look done, toss in the pine nuts, a little drizzle of balsamic and cook another 2 minutes.
Other options ::
1. Omit the bacon and pine nuts and finished it off with Parmesan cheese.
2. Once out of the oven drizzle with fresh lemon juice instead of balsamic
Brussel Sprout Pizza
Yep, I heard about it from a friend who had it at a restaurant (we have great restaurants here in Portland) and I knew I had to try it. Or at least figure out how to make it. How hard could it be? Right?
I started with Trader Joes whole wheat pizza dough.
I par baked the pizza dough at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes
Drizzle it with garlic olive oil
Top with the leaves of the sprouts
A little bacon
finely chopped sweet onion
I finished cooking it another 10 minutes or until everything was melted and crispy.
This was delicious. I couldn’t stop eating it. You can see from the picture that I only made half the pizza brussel sprout, the other half was a capresse. I regretted not making more.
Other Pizza Option ::
I did how ever make a little mini pizza with shredded brussel sprouts, garlic olive oil and chevre. Does anything not taste good with chevre? This was another great combo and much simpler.
Since I ate so many brussel sprouts today I had to know exactly how good they were for me. I mean good things don’t always taste bad. Sure enough, they are loaded with tons of things, like antioxidants, fiber, vitamin A & K. They are also highly recommended for weight loss programs. Want to know about these little gems…read on.
I got my whole “stick” of brussel sprouts for just $1.99 at Trader Joes. It was enough for 2 meals and pizza.
These are a winter veggie and I intend to keep on eating them. So please share with me how you fix brussel sprouts.