Veg box ideas // Brussels sprouts

NAME // Brussels sprouts IN SEASON // mid Sept to Feb

NUTRIENTS // vitamins A & C, potassium, folate, iron and fibre

I always joke that it's so weird at Christmas we all of a sudden like food we wouldn't choose to eat usually - mincemeat, chestnuts, Brussels sprouts.

I wasn't sure I was ready for Brussel sprouts and if I'm totally honest when I discovered them in my box I was a bit disappointed. But then I thought about what I could do with them and got a bit excited - probably because bacon came into play.

Forget all ideas of watery sprouts at Christmas, well grown and well cooked sprouts are beautiful. Sauté in a bit of butter and top with black pepper for quick sprouts, or you can add cooked lardons and shallots and bake. Thinly sliced, they make a delicious mayo free slaw - add some grated carrot and finely sliced red onion and top with freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice. You can also broil them and add to asian soups.

I'll be sharing a recipe on Sunday but in the meantime here's some Brussels inspiration for you!

Creamed Sprouts on Good Food

Sprouts with chorizo on Saveur

Creamed sprout gratin

Yotam Ottolenghi's 2 ways with sprouts

Do you have a favourite sprout recipe?

Brussell Sprouts with bacon - a simple Sunday recipe on Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog
Brussell Sprouts with bacon - a simple Sunday recipe on Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog

Formally Emma Gutteridge