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on the joys of caramelizing brussels sprouts

7 Dec

4103982312_050c2881dcCaramelizing brussels sprouts is pretty fun! Have you ever tried it? If you haven’t ventured that way yet you should with a little inspiration from us, and our seasonal table top that our kids get to read while eating lunch at school.

What makes caramelizing so fun? Maybe it’s the concept of bringing out the flavors of the sprouts natural sugars, and the sweet smell that they emit as they brown. Or the anticipation of biting into one after all the work you have put into it? Either which way, we love caramelizing, and here is how you can learn to love it too:

Option 1 : Steaming + caramelizing

Ingredients: 

  • Brussels sprouts, rinsed
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt

Directions: 

Steam sprouts in boiling water for 4 minutes, or until bright green. Place steamed sprouts on cutting board, cut in 1/2. Over medium heat, heat up olive oil in a pan, then add your halved sprouts, flat sides facing down. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt. Let cook for 4 minutes. Check for doneness by flipping one or two over to see if they have browned. Once all browned, flip them on the other side for 4 minutes. Remove from the pan, and enjoy!

Option 2: Slicing + caramelizing

Ingredients:

  • Brussels sprouts, rinsed
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt

Directions:

Cut sprouts into thin slices. Over medium heat, heat up olive oil, then add your sprouts. Sprinkle with sea salt. Let cook for 4 minutes. Flip them over, cook for another 4 minutes and voila, perfectly caramelized brussels sprouts in no time!

Photo courtesy of Nick Saltmarsh

Flora’s seasonal recipe: melted brie, apple, brussels sprouts sandwich

5 Dec

I got a little experimental one day, as my fridge didn’t contain many obvious lunch options. Up for the challenge, I spotted some brie, a spelt english muffin, some brussels sprouts, an apple and mustard, and made a surprisingly delectable lunch!

Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • English muffin (or baguette, sliced bread, gluten free bread)
  • 3-4 thin slices of brie
  • 2-3 thin slices of apple
  • small handful of brussels sprouts
  • dollop of mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

Toast up an english muffin, or whichever bread you prefer and have on hand. Cut up the brie, and few thin slices of your apple. While your bread is toasting, thinly cut your brussels. In a small pan add olive oil, then in goes your brussels with a sprinkle of salt. Cook them over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring, until slightly caramelized and fragrant. Assemble brie on the bottom piece of your bread, then spread mustard on the top piece. Top your brie off with the caramelized brussels sprouts, add apple slices, then place the mustard side on top of your goodies. Press down once, cut in half and savor all of those sweet, tangy and creamy flavors that come from this satisfying seasonal sandwich (and happy accident!).