This summer I tested out a daring, new recipe. Well, it was daring and new to me. It was a green vegetable, so THAT was daring in and of itself!
In an attempt to incorporate more vegetables into my diet, I tried Brussels Sprouts! Being part of the cabbage family, Brussels Sprouts tend to get a bad rap. I’ll admit, I was in that camp.
However, here is website that has tons of positive things to say about Brussels Sprouts.
In the spring we tried roasted Brussels Sprouts with bacon and apples. That was yummy! It did have bacon in it.
Since that recipe was a success with everyone, we went bold and tried the stuffed Brussels Sprouts.
I found the recipe on Pinterest which led me here.
Let me just say, I thought these would be a lot harder to make than they were.
Most of these pictures are from the first time we made them. I made them again for our Christmas dinner. I was just too busy fixing the food to photograph it.
(The family went to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty the other night. There is a line in the movie where a photographer is talking about taking a picture or not taking a picture. “Sometimes, it’s just for me” was the gist of the statement. That’s kinda how I felt about Christmas “blog photos”. Anyway, I ‘m rambling!)
Jerry James Stone does a great job of explaining exactly how to prep the Brussels Sprouts. He even has a little video on his blog.
Now, at my little semi-super Walmart we don’t always have a large selection of, well, anything. All I could find the first time I made these was frozen Brussels Sprouts-and they weren’t particularly large.
I actually thought that was okay, because I didn’t really have high hopes. I thought, the smaller, the better–less “green” taste.
Turns out, when stuffing Brussels Sprouts, bigger is better–so is fresh rather than frozen. The picture above is of my nice, large, fresh sprouts from Sam’s.
The frozen ended up tasting good. (That’s why we made them again.) They were just a little harder to handle.
And handle you must!
The recipe calls for 15 large sprouts. Since I knew how yummy these turned out the first time, I made extra. I sure had plenty since I had bought mine at SAM’S!
I did not, however, increase the filling proportions. When I made this recipe this summer, I had quite a bit of the filling left over.
I didn’t go exactly by the recipe on the original recipe. (See link above)
Stuffed Brussels Sprouts
15-30 large, fresh Brussels Sprouts
1 cup Whole Milk Ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs-this is key! The Panko breadcrumbs add more crunch than regular breadcrumbs.
3 cloves minced garlic
1 T dried thyme
1 T dried basil
1 t. dried sage
1 t. salt
(The original recipe called for 1 t. marjoram but I didn’t have any, so I skipped it.)
•Trim Brussels Sprout stems and cut in half length-wise.
•Blanch sprouts. (To blanch: Drop sprouts into boiling water for a couple of minutes-literlly about 2 minutes. Transfer from boiling water to a bowl of ice water.)
•Scoop out middle of the sprouts, leaving enough for a shell wall. (Watch the video for help on this.)
•Finely chop sprout middles.
•Sauté chopped sprouts with minced garlic in olive oil until everything is tender and smells really good!
•Mix your garlic-sprout mixture with the other ingredients.
•Use a spoon to fill the sprout shells with the mixture. You will have lots of mixture!
•Bake at 400˚ for 20 minutes or until golden on top.
I used a piece of parchment on my cooking sheet just to be sure there was no sticking.
I am so glad I tried this recipe. I think it is a keeper! These would be great to take to your New Year’s Eve party. Surely people are getting tired of rich, heavy food. They are ready to at least think healthy!
Chip: The “stuffed” part of this dish was really good. The Brussels Sprout part tasted too much like Brussels Sprouts.
Megan: I think this batch was a little more herb-intensive than the last, but either way, these tasty little things are definitely winners.
Katie: Everyone is always like, “OOOOoooo! Brussels Sprouts! Let’s feed this to the dog!” Ha-ha-ha NO! Wait’ll they try these! They have this nice blend and blast of flavor.
You’ll eat ’em, to be polite.
You’ll have some more, to be polite.
You will be very polite.
Trust me on this one. : )