Monday, 28 November 2011
Recipe - Pimped up Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts will probably never win any popularity contests but if you like them, they are good.
I know people who'll only eat one sprout a year, and that is just as to please their mother on Christmas. (Hi Mark! ;) )
Personally I quite like them but this is a recipe that is tried and tested to make non-believers at least try them. Some of them have survived and lived to tell the tale of sprouts that were at least tolerable.
The seasonal box I received from Knorr recently didn't just contain that mahoosive turkey, it also contained some (Christmas) seasonal vegetables as well. Brussels sprouts were of course part of this so I cooked them up in this way.
Maybe this could be something to try on the sprout haters in your circle of friends and family? Because let's face it - everything gets better with a bit of bacon added.
With all that having been said, let's move on over to the recipe.
Bring some well salted water to a rolling boil. Chuck in the brussels sprouts and let them boil for 4 minutes or so. Drain and dump them into some ice cold water to refresh. Let them sit there for a minute or two and drain again. Slice them in half and put to the side.
Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Once heated add in the lardons and let them fry for a bit. If they don't release all that much fat - add in a splash of olive oil too.
Once the lardons start to crispen up - add in the brussel sprouts and a dash or five of balsamic vinegar.
Let this fry away until the lardons have crisped up nicely and the sprouts have started to caramelise. Season to taste.