Five Things to do with Brussels Sprouts
Make the Best of Brussels Sprouts
When Brussels Sprouts are in season it's easy to run out of ideas for cooking these little green vegetables.
It seems like every day you're dropping them in boiling water for 3-5 minutes or until just tender, draining the pot and then tossing the sprouts with.butter and chopped fresh dill.
How many times can you stir-fry quartered brussels sprouts with chilli?
Here's 5 more ways to cook them, 5 more things to do with Brussels Sprouts.
Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
- 400 g brussels sprouts - halved
- 60 g - 4 slices - pancetta -chopped
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 25 g butter
- 2 garlic cloves - crushed
- 1/2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
- Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil over high heat. Cook sprouts for 6 to 7 minutes or until just tender. Drain.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
- Add pancetta. Cook, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
- Melt butter in pan. Add garlic and breadcrumbs.
- Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until golden.
- Return pancetta to pan with sprouts. Toss to combine.
- Season with salt and pepper. Serve.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
For the best result, make this 15 minutes before serving
Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- 300 g brussels sprouts - trimmed and halved
- 160 g rindless bacon rashers - coarsely chopped
- 30 g butter
- Cook the brussels sprouts in a steamer basket over a saucepan of boiling water for 5 minutes or until just tender
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes or until golden
- Add the brussels sprouts and butter to the bacon, and toss to combine.
- Season with salt and pepper.
Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Gratin
- 6 brussels sprouts trimmed and quartered
- 1/2 medium cauliflower cut into small florets
- 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
- 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 2 teaspoons extra-light olive oil
- 50 g butter
- 1/4 cup plain flour
- 3 cups milk
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Lightly grease four 2 cup-capacity, 3cm-deep baking dishes. Place on a baking tray.
- Combine breadcrumbs, parsley, oil and 1 tablespoon cheese in a bowl.
- Place cauliflower and sprouts in a heatproof, microwave-safe dish. Microwave, covered, on medium-high (75%) for 3 to 4 minutes or until just tender. Divide between prepared dishes.
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until bubbling. Gradually stir in milk.
- Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until mixture has thickened.
- Remove from heat. Stir in nutmeg and remaining cheese. Season with pepper.
- Pour flour mixture over vegetables. Sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden.
- Stand for 5 minutes. Serve.
Brussels Sprouts Roasted
- 500 g Brussels sprouts with the ends trimmed
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Preheat oven to 200 C.
- Place Brussels sprouts, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal tightly, and shake to coat.
- Tip out into a baking tray and roast for 30 to 45 minutes, shaking pan every 5 to 7 minutes for even browning.
- Reduce heat when necessary to prevent burning. Brussels sprouts should be dark brown when cooked.
- Serve immediately.
Brussels Sprout with Mustard
- 400 g Brussels sprouts
- 40 g unsalted butter
- 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
- Steam or boil the Brussels sprouts for 5 minutes or until tender, then refresh under cold water. Set aside.
- Place butter and mustard in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir until the butter has melted.
- Add the Brussels sprouts and toss in the mustard butter until heated through.
Brussels sprouts, rich in vitamin C, are a good source of folate, vitamin E and beta-carotene
More ways with Brussels Sprouts on Video
A couple of videos that demonstrate ways of making Brussels Sprouts
From cooking your sprouts simply with cipollini onions, move on to bacon and figs or sprouts in a startling hot orange sauce, to a more advanced Subzi, an Indian curry
Brussels Sprouts roasted with Cipollini Onions
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Fig
Brussels Sprouts with Hot Orange Sauce
Brussels Sprouts Subzi
Everything you wanted to know about the humble Brussels Sprout
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© 2012 Susanna Duffy