Creamy Brussels Bake

Brussels sprouts

Brussels are BACK!

3 Tbsp. butter
2 small shallots, minced
2 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated sharp white cheddar
1/2 cup Gruyère
1/2 cup cooked bacon crumbles

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add shallots and Brussels sprouts and season with salt and cayenne. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and drizzle with cream, then top with cheddar, Gruyère, and bacon. Bake until heated through and cheese is bubbly, 12 to 15 minutes. (If your cheese won’t brown, heat under the broiler, 1 minute.)

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Brussels Sprout Slaw with Apples and Pecans

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Brussels sprouts don’t only look like tiny cabbages — they can be used in many of the same ways as cabbages. Try Brussels slaw!

1 pound trimmed Brussels sprouts
6 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 diced Granny Smith or Honeycrisp apple
2 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup toasted and chopped pecans
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Thinly slice Brussels sprouts using a mandolin or food processor fitted with the slicer attachment. Transfer sprouts to a large bowl. Add olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and red pepper. Toss to coat. Add apple, Parmesan cheese, pecans, honey, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat. Let stand 5 minutes to allow the Brussels sprouts to wilt slightly and the flavors to marry.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Millet Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing

brussels basketThis salad is intended to be a cold salad and can be prepared ahead of time.

1 1/2 pounds of Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and sliced in half or quartered
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup dried millet
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place Brussels sprouts in 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast 10-20 minutes, depending on size of sprouts. They should be fork tender, but not mushy. While sprouts are roasting, prepare millet by adding to saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off heat and fluff with fork. Allow millet and Brussels to cool once cooked. Combine and add cranberries. Slowly add creamy miso dressing (see below), reserving any extra dressing to accompany another dish.

Creamy Miso Dressing
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons miso paste
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 cloves minced garlic
Water to thin

Combine all ingredients in a large glass measuring cup. Stir with a fork to adequately dissolve miso paste, and use water to thin to desired consistency (about 2 tablespoons).

We thank Virginia Newman for this recipe.

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Mixed Slaw & Warm Ginger Dressing

1/2 head red cabbage, cored and shredded
1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, shredded
2 kale leaves, de-stemmed and finely sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
10 sprigs parsley, chopped
1 fennel bulb, halved, cored, and shaved thin
1 Bosc pear, cored and thinly sliced
1/3 cup sunflower seeds

2” piece ginger, peeled and minced
Juice of 1 lemon
2-3 tablespoons raw honey
Pinch cayenne
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients. Set aside.

In a small saute pan, add all dressing ingredients and cook until warm and fragrant (2-3 minutes), stirring frequently. Remove from heat and pour directly onto salad. Toss salad to distribute dressing evenly.

We thank chef Annie McHale of Port Angeles for this recipe.

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Sunchoke Soup with Brussels Sprouts

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Did you know that sunchokes can make the base for a lovely soup? Try it yourself!

1 1/2 pounds sunchokes, scrubbed, dark spots removed
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 can (13.5 ounce) coconut milk
1 quart vegetable broth
1 1/4 cups sliced brussels sprouts
1/4 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coarsely chop sunchokes and place in bowl. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss to coat evenly. Spread sunchokes on two large rimmed baking sheets. Roast until tender.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pot over medium heat and add shallot. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.Stir in coconut milk and broth and bring to a simmer.

Heat remaining oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook brussels sprouts, stirring occasionally, until softened and starting to brown. Transfer roasted sunchokes to broth and blend, using an immersion blender or regular blender in batches until smooth. Add more liquid if necessary and season to taste with salt. Ladle into 6 bowls and top each with some sprouts, hazelnuts and a thin drizzle of olive oil.

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Glazed Carrots and Brussels Sprouts Sauté

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It’s easy and delicious to make food choices depending on what is being harvested now. Eating seasonally means you get the freshest produce with the smallest impact on the environment. Try this carrot-and-Brussels saute and taste how sweet these carrots get!

1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound cleaned Brussels sprouts
3/4 cup chicken or veggie broth
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Blanch carrots in salted water for about 4 minutes. Remove and cool. Blanch sprouts for about 5 minutes. Drain and hold separately. Refrigerate if making ahead.

Bring stock, butter, brown sugar, vinegar and salt to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves and mixture is reduced to about half. Add carrots and shake pan to coat them. Cook for about 6 minutes. Add the sprouts and pepper and cook 4 minutes more, stirring or shaking until all is coated thoroughly. Serve immediately.

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Brussels Sprouts with Parsnips

Brussels sprouts at market

Brussels sprouts make a lovely pairing with parsnips — both visually and tastefully.

2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
6 medium parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced crosswise
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup pecan halves

Preheat oven to 450 F. Toss vegetables with oil, salt and pepper on 2 rimmed baking sheets and spread into single layers. Roast, rotating sheets halfway through, until tender and golden, about 20 minutes.

Divide pecans between sheets and roast 10 minutes more. Toss and serve.

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Roasted Beet and Brussels Sprout Salad

Brussels sprouts

Brussels and beets and bacon, oh my!

6-8 beets, cubed
1 pound Brussels sprouts, root end removed
1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
6 cloves garlic, left whole
1/2 to 1 pound bacon (optional)
3 teaspoons thyme
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup almonds, chopped (substitute your favorite)
1-2 cups mixed greens
2-3 tablespoons olive oil

Cook bacon to your personal preference and set aside.

To a large roasting pan, add beets, Brussels sprouts, onion, garlic, thyme, and salt and pepper, and toss with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, coating evenly.

Roast (uncovered) in oven at 400, until softened and browned; approximately 30 minutes.

Remove vegetables from oven and stir in bacon.

Arrange mixed greens on serving plate and top with vegetables.

Sprinkle almonds over vegetables and finish by drizzling remaining olive oil over entire dish.

We thank Annie McHale for this recipe.

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Brussels Sprouts Casserole

Brussels sprouts

Get your Brussels sprouts while you still can!

4 cups cubed and dried bread (any mixture or type)
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter (can use 1/2 oil, 1/2 butter)
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon ground or dried rosemary, or 2 tablespoons fresh, minced
2 cups milk, or more as needed
2 eggs
Grated cheddar cheese
6 to 8 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
Pumpkin or sunflower seeds to sprinkle on top

This dish may be prepared in a skillet on the stovetop or baked in the oven. Wash and trim Brussels sprouts, cutting large ones in half or quarters. Heat butter in large skillet and sauté onion and rosemary. Add bread and continue cooking until bread starts to absorb moisture. Blend milk and egg. Add Brussels sprouts and blended milk/egg mixture to bread in pan and cover. Cook at medium temperature until sprouts are tender but not overcooked. Sprinkle with cheese and top with seeds.

We thank Teri Crockett for this delicious recipe.

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