Saturday, September 16, 2006

Too damn much trouble

Tonight's Menu
  • trout fillets sauteed in EVOO
  • quinoa
  • shredded brussels sprouts with onion and bacon
I got this brussels sprouts recipe out of a magazine (Oct./Nov. 2006 Eating Well, page 35) and it was extremely tasty, but I don't think I'll make it again because it took FOREVER. Basically you slice up a pound of fresh brussels sprouts (do you have ANY idea how long that takes? well, double that and you're close) and a small yellow onion. Fry two strips of bacon in a skillet, remove the bacon, and dump the onions and a dash of salt into the drippings. Cook those on medium-ish until tender and starting to brown, then add 3/4 cup of water and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard to the pan, scraping up any browned bits. Then add the sliced up brussels sprouts and cook those, stirring often, until they get tender. Stir in a tablespoon of cider vinegar, crumble the bacon and sprinkle that on top, et voila! Really yummy, but damn is it labor-intensive.

On the plus side: DH, who usually avoids brussels sprouts, liked this stuff and would probably eat it again. And also, AFTER he ate it and I complained about how long it took to make, he asked me why I didn't just use the food processor. D'oh! I kind of forget we have one sometimes. We have a little one that I use to chop nuts, but I rarely drag out the big one. I mean, a knife is a lot easier to clean, you know? So I dunno. I really don't think I'll try this again, but I never say never. Cabbage is a lot quicker and easier to chop up, even WITHOUT a food processor, and it tastes about the same.


Heidi said...

We don't have a food processor.
Last month, Ganoush decided to make carrot cake. She starts mixing dry ingredients without me.

The only bothersome part was that all we had were *baby* carrots. 15 minutes of shredding baby carrots without adding skin chunks.

I liked the cake but she didn't, so we took it to social time at church and it went away. Yeah!

BabelBabe said...

you could probably do the same recipe but just trim and halve the sprouts. in fact, i just bought a pound of sprouts at the store yesterday, so i'll give it a whirl and let you know.