Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dirt to Table Experience: Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries Pecans and Blue Cheese

Mental note to self....Grow MORE brussels sprouts NEXT fall.

One of the many challenges that presents itself each season (keeping in mind my novice gardening skills), is how much to grow.  The lesson that needs to be learned is asking the question, what vegetables do we want to enjoy seasonally, and which ones should be preserved or "put-up" as they like to say here in the South to enjoy throughout the year.  You would think that would be easy, it is not.

I realize that brussels sprouts (like beets) can be a love it,  or hate it vegetable.  Brussels sprouts easily fall into my "love them" category.  What makes brussels sprouts more beautiful is that they grow very well during the fall/winter season here in north Florida.  The question that begs to be asked is why we only planted four plants?  Four plants will give you enough bounty to enjoy seasonally for two people. We need more than that!

While perusing Pinterest, I came across a recipe that was a wonderful way to enjoy brussels sprouts in a way that reflects the season with cranberries, pecans and a bit of blue cheese.

You can tell these are fresh from the garden


This is a beautiful side dish. If you choose to use the barley then you have a meatless main entree.


Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries Pecans and Blue Cheese
Serves 4
Recipe from Rachel Schultz


Ingredients:
1pound brussels sprouts, halved
2/3 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup gorgonzola or other blue cheese
1/3 cup pecans
2 cups (measured uncooked barley) cooked
Note: I did not use the barley. 
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Salt and Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Heat skillet with a drizzling of olive oil over medium heat.  Season brussels sprouts with salt and freshly ground pepper and combine with cranberries in skillet.

Cook sprouts and cranberries for 8-10 minutes until berries begin to burst and sprouts become tender.  Add balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.  Stir to coat and remove from heat.

Toss barley, sprouts, cranberries and pecans in a large bowl.  Top with blue cheese and serve.

Enjoy!

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37 comments:

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Something about crispy, seared Brussels sprouts drives me crazy - I just love them. Add in blue cheese and balsamic, and I'm now out of my mind! I've gotta get me some sprouts!

Southerncook said...

This recipe sounds amazing and I dearly LOVE brussel sprouts. Thank you for sharing this recipe, one I intend to prepare soon.

Carolyn/A Southerner's Notebook

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh Velva, this sounds delish, I love brussel sprouts! Thanks for the great recipe and also thanks a ton for your sweet and kind visit. Happy Sunday.
FABBY

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Oh yum! I love brussel sprouts and cooked with maple syrup and balsamic brings this humble vegetables over the top. Great recipe.

rosaria williams said...

Oh yes!

Fresh Local and Best said...

I always thought that brussels sprouts were hard to grow because pests love eating them. I am definitely going to have to try someday. This recipe looks delicious!

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
Looks so yummy!! I will cope your recipe this will go great with the Ham for Easter. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape for Easter so sweet of you. Hoping you and your family have a wonderful Easter next weekend.
XXOO Diane

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Simply lovely and delicious looking brussles sprouts. I too surely try this one out soon.
Deepa

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

My husband keeps looking for an interesting Brussels sprouts recipe and I think I've finally found it for him. Love the southern touch with the pecans.
Sam

Susan said...

I have read through this recipe 3 times. It is such an interesting combination...especially the fresh cranberries. I want to to try this. Susan

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I love brussels sprouts but have never thought to add the blue cheese...this sounds delicious.

Claudia said...

I am loving this - and have Brussels sprouts sitting in my fridge - with all the ingredients. This is just a grand meal! (I love them pan fried a tad - oh my!)

Dining Alone said...

I am a lover of brussels sprouts and this dish looks awesome!

Karen said...

Wow, this sounds so good. I love sprouts... don't know if they'd grow up here. Guess I need to check on it.

Andi Houston said...

That is so cool that you're growing brussels sprouts! They are not easy to grow here. I have been buying tons of them at the farmers market because my family will eat several pounds at a sitting, just oven-roasted with plenty of salted butter. I can't wait to see what they'll think of this recipe!

Frugal in WV said...

Brussels Sprouts are so delicious, I love them! Yum to the blue cheese, great recipe :)

Michelle said...

I think keeping them a bit crisp is the key! I am already planning on what things to grow "extras" of this season!

Roz Corieri Paige said...

I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who likes brussel sprouts! Alas, no one else in my family does, so we never enjoy these wonderful little green orbs of yumminess! And this recipe with the addition of the blue cheese and cranberries must excite the tastebuds . . . recipes that I just love! Happy Easter week, Velva!

Julie said...

We love brussels and I am always looking for a new way to prepare them. Have a wonderful Easter!!

That Girl said...

I am so jealous you grow your own brussels sprouts!

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

I love them, but would have to change to another type of cheese. Neither the hubby or I can handle blue cheese.

We Are Not Martha said...

Not to self: GET a garden so you can grow brussels sprouts next fall! If only for this delicious dish :)

Sues

amy @ fearless homemaker said...

I love brussels sprouts and this version looks SO good. Now I'm craving some!

Beth said...

What a beautiful dish! I wish I had a green thumb like you - most of my seasonal produce comes from the Farmers' Market.

Bill said...

This recipe sounds great! I love Brussels sprouts and I love sweet and savory dishes. Great combination of ingredients.

BTW,thanks for dropping by my blog, Velva!! I appreciate your comments!

tanja said...

What a wonderful dish! I belong to the "love brussels sprouts category, could it them every day :) The recipe is bookmarked, have to try it out!

teresa said...

i must have this dish! it has some of my favorite ingredients in it, delicious!!

Angie Schneider said...

This must be very delicious! I might just get some froyen brussels sprouts to try the recipe!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, I love Brussel sprouts! This is such a great combination. Yummy!

Cheers,

Rosa

Kitchen Belleicious said...

brussel sprouts are one of those foods you either love or hate and I fall in the LOVE category. The pecans and cranberries pair amazingly well with it. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog yesterday. Knowing my passion comes through my cooking means the world to me and that you enjoy it is even better:) have a great week

Reeni Pisano said...

I come from a family of sprouts lovers and they would go crazy for this! What a flavor-filled combination! Gourmet brussels sprouts.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Gosh, I love Brussels sprouts. What a fantastic way to prepare them!

grace said...

most people, myself included, don't give brussels sprouts a fair shake. i think i would love them like this!

Daytona @ Outside Oslo said...

I love it when I hear people praise the merits of brussels sprouts; they really are an amazing vegetable, yet are so often maligned due to bad preparations!

Rambling Tart said...

Ohhh, this looks SO good, Velva. :-) I too adore brussels sprouts and will be planting my winter crop soon.

Chris said...

I like cruciferous veggies like cabbage, etc but for some reason, Brussels sprouts just do not work for me. I guess it is the love it/hate it thing you mentioned.

theycallmejane said...

Believe it or not, I adore brussels sprouts. And this recipe is oh-so-tempting! Yummy!

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