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Brussel Sprouts

Saturday, November 09, 2013

On Thursday we were supposed to have celery in our fall share from the farm co-op, but they sent an e-mail that the strong winds blew off the coverings and the poor veggies suffered from the subsequent frost. But they said the Brussel sprouts were ready and would replace the celery.
Now, my first DH called them "poison plants from Jupiter" but Abi (aka Glitterfairy77) and I always liked them. Until recently we'd have them steamed with a bit of butter and salt; or perhaps if we could find them, the frozen sprouts in cheese sauce. But we began roasting them, and even my fussy granddaughter liked the slightly caramelized little things.
So anyway, today I was processing the veggies we got from the co-op - chopping up kale and peppers...and tackling this big stalk. I know WHY the things are so EXPENSIVE. They are very LABOR INTENSIVE. I processed 15 sprouts at a time...popping them off the stalk from the bottom up, peeling off the outer leaves - the lower sprouts had more moldy ones, which I eventually put in a bucket for composting. Bits of decent leaves that came off and the bases of each sprout were thrown in with kale stalks for veggy soup stock. All told there were about 75 sprouts for roasting. Tomorrow's treat!

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    My son roasts asparagus. He puts the stalks in a bag with some olive oil and shakes them to coat them, then he puts them on a cookie sheet and sprinkles salt an pepper on them and roasts them at 350 degrees until they start to brown/crisp up. This looks similar and they are so good, fit for company, and a real treat.

    I bet the Brussels sprouts were delicious!
    1632 days ago
    One of my fave veggies and yes we grow them in England so everyone knows they grow that way!!
    1655 days ago
    Oh what beautiful produce! My Mom loved them but only once did we have "fresh"...but not this fresh! Ours were cut off the stalk and already in steamable bags. Enjoy the bounty and thanks for sharing with us at least!
    1655 days ago
    Funny - I'm NOT a fan of cabbage (the stink in the house when cooked just bugs me no end!) but I *loooooove* brussel sprouts........go figure!

    1656 days ago
    1656 days ago
    there is something to be said for how labor intensive they are. Enjoy every bite!

    1656 days ago
    emoticon for sharing such an interesting blog with us. I have never seen brussel sprouts on the plant. AWESOME!!! Yes I can understand now why there are so expensive.
    The grilled brussel sprouts look YUMMY!!! Enjoy your treat tomorrow!!!
    Blessings and hugs,
    1656 days ago
    I love brussel sprouts - especially roasted. Interesting blog because I had no idea how they grew nor how they were harvested. Will appreciate them more now. Thanks for sharing.
    1656 days ago
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