Thursday, December 5, 2013

Amazing Holiday Brussels Sprouts aka Troll Boogers
And yes, I did say amazing and Brussels sprouts in one sentence. I used to be one of those people who hated Brussels sprouts until I had them prepared correctly. Since then, I have had a sophisticated adult love affair with these charming sophisticated yet rustic veggies.
As for the "Troll Boogers".... The first time I introduced this recipe to my family, my son Max was about 7 and he had never seen Brussels Sprouts before. He had said "These are baby cabbages, How can I eat cute lil babies?" I gave up all hope on ever thinking he would eat them. I flippantly said. "Nope. They are troll boogers" and he went to town gobbling them down, just for the gross boy factor thing. After he finished them off, he said "Mom you lied. Those are delicious, they taste nothing like boogers."

1 lb fresh Brussels sprouts, bottoms trimmed and scored with an x and any yucky leaves removed
2 Tbsp. Butter
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 large cloves of garlic crushed or minced
2 slices of bacon par cooked
1 tablespoon of honey
zest of one orange
juice of one orange
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste

While you are cleaning and trimming your sprouts. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a half palm full of salt.

Add your cleaned sprouts for 2 to 3 minutes until there is a slight change in color.

Drain and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking. Lay out on paper toweling. Once cool enough to handle slice hem in half. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

In a saute pan heat the olive oil on med to med high heat. When it is rippling add the cold butter. When the butter is melted add the sprouts.

When the bottom of the sprouts gets golden, add the garlic and orange zest and the bacon. Stir occasionally til the bacon and garlic are golden.

Add the juice and honey and cinnamon until the liquid is thickened and coats the sprouts. Take of the heat and cover and let steam for 5 to 10 minutes.

Then yum those Troll Boogers right up.
Happy holiday eating or everyday eating.

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