Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
An ingredient that I was extremely excited to cook with as part of The Creative Kitchen Challenge was Brussels Sprouts! For whatever reason, I have never made them before. And yet, I really enjoy eating them. But I think, as in all things, we get comfortable in our grocery shopping/cooking patterns. I gravitate towards the same vegetables almost every time I’m at the store. I barely have to write down broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, carrots, and green beans on my grocery list. I just know that they are going to find their way into my cart. Part of the great joy of participating in a challenge like this is to test the waters on ingredients that you have fear or trepidation for. Another joy is making yourself pick up the ingredient that you know that you love, just never seem to think about when you are at the store!
The first time that I ever had Brussels sprouts was during a potluck in February 2009. The dish that was brought had the little round cabbages of yummy surrounded in cheese and fake bacon. Loved it and became fans of the vegetable ever since. Because of that first experience, I wanted to recreate the flavors for this recipe — though this time utilize real bacon. I found a recipe in Cooking Light that I thought I could use as a base and then modified to create the recipe below.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan — modified from Cooking Light Magazine
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Trim and halve Brussels sprouts and put into a medium to large bowl. Squeeze a half a lemon over the Brussels sprouts.
Add oil, garlic, salt and pepper (to taste) to the bowl and toss to coat. Mix in cooked bacon.
Put mixture in jelly pan or baking dish, making sure the sprouts are spread out along the bottom of the pan.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and stir sprouts. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until sprouts are tender and lightly browned on edges.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
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Coming up tomorrow, my adventure cooking with culinary lavender!