With Thanksgiving right around the corner, and Fall turning to Winter before our eyes we decided to feature a great vegetable that transfers with us from Fall to Winter, and that many of you might even use in your Thanksgiving spread.
Brussels sprouts are botanically in the family with cabbages and, in fact, look like miniature heads of cabbage when harvested.
Chef Ashley recommends…
“Before I cook brussels sprouts in any manner – I blanch them first. Blanching is the process of quickly steeping a food item in boiling water then shocking it in ice water to stop the cooking process. It usually takes about 1-2 minutes in the boiling water and it really brings out the vibrant green color brussels sprouts can have, and it sets the color so it stays throughout most cooking processes.”
Brussels and Bacon
“One of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes is this brussels and bacon recipe because it’s so easy and so delicious. You just take about 3 slices of bacon (per every 1.5 lbs of brussels sprouts you’re using) and chop and brown it in a sauté pan over medium heat. Once they’ve browned and crisped up remove them from the pan, keeping the fat, and sauté half of an onion (any kind of your choosing) in the bacon fat until it’s translucent. Once the onion has cooked, add your brussels sprouts and coat them with the bacon fat, cooking them for about 2-3 minutes in the pan. Finish them in the oven for about 10 minutes, and serve them topped with the bacon crumbles. An easy Thanksgiving side that won’t break the bank either.”
“Brussels sprouts are great in a winter greens sauté with kale and collard greens – just slice the leaves of each green and slowly wilt them in a sauté pan over low heat with some garlic infused oil, making sure to coat the whole mixture. Once they’re wilted sprinkle some parmesan cheese and season lightly and you’ve got a hearty side dish for dinner.”
If you’re not into cooking your own brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving this year – click here to check out our 2014 “Thanksgiving Made Easy” pick-up menu and let us do the work!
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