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The Beauty of A Brussels Sprout (2014- Blog #37)

Thursday, February 06, 2014

My quote today is from the wise young Anne Frank: "Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy." When I was growing up, a Brussels sprout had little status, in fact, I remember the status was rather negative. Kind of the same happened with "dried plums" aka prunes. Fortunately for me, my mom did not clue into any of the bad press the poor little Brussels sprout was getting all those years ago. I grew up enjoying them cooked to perfection. Thank goodness she did not cooked the heck out of them because .. yuck.. overcooked Brussels sprouts are in fact gross!

A Brussels sprout is a thing of beauty. Have you ever just looked at its delicate patterns - a teeny tiny head of lettuce is what I used to think. Just slicing a Brussels sprout is an enjoyable event!

Here is the recipe I tried recently.This is a close relative of the Union Square Café's Hashed Brussels Sprouts recipe with Poppy Seeds and Lemon. I use recipes like this as a spring board for my own thing.

Begin with a pound or so of fresh fresh Brussels Sprouts:

Clean them up nicely:

Slice and relish in the beauty of this gorgeous veggie:

Then thinly slice or shred the miniature green loveliness:

The bright contrast of a half or more of a fresh lemon will now tickle your nostrils:

Toss the thinly sliced green delights with the lemon:

Heat up some nutty or fruity olive oil... to smoking point and then add the Brussels Sprouts, some minced garlic and a healthy dose of poppy seeds. Add about a 1/4 cup of dry sherry. Cook ONLY for about 3-4 minutes. You should see a feast appearing of BRIGHT green dotted with little dark specks from the poppy seeds.

Are you seriously hungry? THIS recipe really will fill a need for crunch and a need to feast your eyes! Enjoy a day of yummy veggies.

"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."
Anne Frank

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DDOORN 2/7/2014 9:12AM

    Hmmm...maybe I'll have to try them once more...! Tried brussel sprouts a little while back to see if I could de-bunk my old childhood yucky attitude toward them but wasn't successful. This recipe sure seems to put 'em out there in a better way! :-)


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KALIGIRL 2/7/2014 8:29AM

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    My favorite and on my place several times a week. I will try yours, if you try mine!
I hash them with carrots and onion, flash cook as you do in a bit of olive oil, then add egg beaters to make an omelet (it resembles fried rice if you mix it). Sprinkle a little really sharp parmesan cheese on oh boy!

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NANCY- 2/7/2014 6:33AM

    You made me want the sprouts for breakfast. :)
Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/7/2014 3:22AM

    Thank you that sounds awesome I am going t0o try it !

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/7/2014 12:36AM

    Yum, my favorite vegetable, and almost the only green I would eat as a child.

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EDDYMEESE 2/6/2014 10:13PM

    That looks fantastic!

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MBTEPP 2/6/2014 8:24PM

    Yummo! Great recipe, I can almost taste them. I would add a sprinkle of sesame oil. I love, love, love these beautiful, under rated gem of a green veggie.

Anne Frank was wise beyond her years. What a beautiful quote.


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JOYCRN 2/6/2014 8:07PM

    We love Brussels sprouts and this recipe sounds yummy!

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STRONGDAWG 2/6/2014 8:06PM

    I know what I'm making this weekend. Not sure my husband will partake. He runs hot and cold on brussel sprouts.. I love them.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 2/6/2014 7:55PM

    I love brussel sprouts! I've been on a real sprout kick lately. Have them for breakfast too if there are leftovers from the night before. Yum! emoticon

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TURTLELADY56 2/6/2014 7:46PM

  i am on a detox program just bought some of theses little beauty's thiis weekend yummie!!!

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TERI-RIFIC 2/6/2014 7:44PM

    Yum. My biggest craving during pregnancy was Brussels sprouts, of all things. I would eat an entire Bowl full. I'm trying this recipe. Sounds wonderful.

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DEBRITA01 2/6/2014 7:01PM

    I don't think I've ever heard a brussel sprout described so beautifully. I love them but even if I didn't, your description would make me want to at least try them. Now I'm hungry for brussel sprouts emoticon

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NEWROSE27 2/6/2014 7:01PM

    This recipe looks seriously yummy.
Thanks for sharing.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/6/2014 6:46PM

    Brussels sprouts are among my favorites, and were a treat when I was first introduced to them, as they were not a "common" veggie at our house. And I totally agree about their beauty... it's like mini-cabbage! Have you ever grown them? My hubby did... they are gorgeous on the stalk, in their rows, growing sideways... very different from what I imagined before hubby planted them in our garden back in the 1980's.


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FITWITHIN 2/6/2014 1:43PM

    Love Brussels sprouts I have some cooked ones in the fridge as a snack. emoticon

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TINY67 2/6/2014 11:45AM

    Thanks, love Brussels sprouts. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 2/6/2014 11:33AM

    I love sprouts with bacon and mashed potato emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 2/6/2014 11:23AM

    great quote not a fan of Brussels sprouts but might get brave and try it .

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FITMARY 2/6/2014 11:08AM

    We LOVE Brussels sprouts so I will definitely give this a try! emoticon

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