4 Ways to Enjoy Brussels Sprouts

raw brussels sprouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brussels sprouts – if you love them, here are some ways to keep it interesting. If you hate them, then these recipes might change your mind! In Ontario,  you can enjoy them locally grown, starting in September.

Brussels Sprouts N’ Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

  •  ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (buy a block or ball and shred it yourself)
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Olive~Me & Co’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or try our shallot or roasted garlic)
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups shredded Brussels sprouts
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

 Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a bowl, stir together yogurt, cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan and cayenne pepper, set aside.
  3. Heat half of the olive oil in an oven-safe skillet (cast iron is great) over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook for two minutes, stirring frequently. Add Brussels sprouts, salt, and pepper and cook for 4-5 minutes until wilted a bit. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  4. Combine the Brussels sprouts and cheese mixtures.
  5. Gently clean out the skillet with a cloth and then transfer contents to the skillet and place in oven for 12-14 minutes (until sides are bubbling and top is lightly browned).
  6. After a few minutes of cooling, transfer to a serving dish. Fantastic with pita chips and/or veggies!
  • Note : you can substitute any of the dairy items with their low-fat versions if desired

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Sauteed Shredded Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp Olive~Me & Co.’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Olive~Me & Co.’s Cask 18 Traditional Balsamic

 Directions:

  1. After removing the outer leaves and the ends of the Brussels sprouts, place them in a food processor fitted with a slicing disc until they’re all sliced. (You can hand slice them if you don’t have a food processor)
  2. In a large pan, over medium heat, add the butter and olive oil. Add the sliced Brussels sprouts along with salt and pepper to taste, stirring frequently, for about 4 to 5 minutes, until tender but still bright green. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, season to taste, and serve hot.

NOTE: You can use any complimentary oil and vinegar pairing in this recipe to change the flavour profile. For example, try our roasted garlic olive oil and our smoked balsamic, or perhaps our blood orange olive oil and our maple balsamic. Experiment and find your perfect pairing!  You can omit the balsamic if you prefer no sweetness in the dish.

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Spicy Orange Brussles Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Olive~Me & Co.’s Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 2 lbs Brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp marmalade
  • 1 tsp sriracha (more if you want to increase the heat!)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Clear away outer leaves of sprouts, trim off the ends and cut each sprout in half.
  2. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the oil and then the sprouts. Stir and shake the skillet frequently to keep the sprouts moving in the heat. Reduce heat a little if it seems like the Brussels sprouts are about to burn.
  3. Just before the sprouts are fully cooked, add the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine then cover the skillet. Steam the sprouts in the covered skillet until they are tender and the juice has thickened.

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Sweet and Spicy Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts (the more similar in size, the better the outcome)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive~Me & Co.’s Roasted Garlic or Shallot olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Sutter Buttes Jalapeno Whiskey Mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

 Directions:

  1. Heat grill to medium.
  2. Remove outer leaves and stems of Brussels and place them into a large, microwave safe mixing bowl. Heat on high for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper then toss to combine.
  4. Once sprouts are cool enough to handle, skewer 4 to 5 Brussels sprouts per metal skewer (half an inch apart from each other) while being sure the stem ends are all facing in the same direction.
  5. Place the skewers onto the grill with stem end closest to the flame. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the skewers over and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.

NOTE: You can brush any remaining mixture onto sprouts at the end of cooking if you’d like the flavours to be a little stronger.

 

Olive~Me & Co.’s Maple Balsamic Glazed Ham

image source www.chowstatic.com

image source www.chowstatic.com

Ingredients

  • 6-8 pound ham
  • 1/3 Cup chicken stock
  • 4 Tsp kosher salt
  • 4 Tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Cup Olive~Me & Co.  Maple Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbs Sutter Buttes Cabernet Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Take the ham out of the fridge and let it sit for about 20-25 minutes, allowing it to come to room temperature
  2. Heat oven to 325ºF.
  3. In a bowl, combine Olive~Me & Co.’s balsamic vinegar, cinnamon and Sutter Buttes Cabernet mustard, set aside.
  4. In another bowl combine the salt and pepper. Set aside
  5. With the fat side up, score the fat of the ham with a sharp knife in 1 inch sections, almost down to the meat.
  6. Rub the salt and pepper mixture into the ham, and don’t skip the scored sections you created.
  7. Pre heat a large pan on medium high heat until water droplets dance around when sprinkled in. Sear the ham, on all sides with fat (about 8 to 10 minutes total)
  8. Transfer the ham and any resulting juices, fat side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Add the chicken stock to the bottom of the pan. Slowly pour the glaze mixture over the ham, getting it into the scored sections as well. Cover loosely and bake 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes or until thermometer reads 145°F. This usually takes about  18 to 20 minutes per pound  (for a shank or butt portion weighing 3 to 4 pounds, about 35 minutes per pound.).
  9. Remove ham from the oven, baste with the glaze from the pan, and replace the lid. Do this a few times for the next 15-20 minutes as the ham rests.
  10. Transfer ham to a cutting board, carve and serve with the glaze.

Olive~Me & Co.’s Kickin’ Coleslaw

kickin coleslaw

 

recipe submitted by Jennifer Fontaine

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. Olive~Me & Co.’s White Jalapeno Lime Balsamic
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive~Me & Co.’s House Blend Olive Oil (Or Roasted Garlic or Shallot Olive Oil)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. Sutter Buttes Traditional, or Chardonnay, or Cabernet Mustard
  • ¼ tsp. celery seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste (about a pinch of each)
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage (regular and/or red)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • (optional) ½ garlic clove, minced
  • (optional) 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise (to make creamy coleslaw)

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Great BBQ side dish – or try in s pulled pork sandwich!

Olive~Me & Co’s Vegan French Onion Soup

recipe adapted from saltsole.com

recipe adapted from saltsole.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 large white onions (or 4-5 medium sized), thinly sliced
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive~Me & Co Cask 18 Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sutter Buttes Chardonnay Mustard
  • To taste himalayan salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • Croutons for garnishing (optional)

 

Directions

  1.  Melt the coconut oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions, himalayan salt, pepper, thyme.  Cook until caramelized, about 40-45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.
  3. Add Olive~Me & Co Cask 18 balsamic vinegar and stir, cook for another 10 minutes
  4. Add the coconut water and chardonnay mustard and stir.  Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the bay leaf.
  6. Remove 1.5 cups of the onion soup and put it in a high speed blender, add in the cashews, blend until really smooth.
  7. Pour the blended soup back into the pot and stir to make the soup creamy
  8. Add more salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Garnish with croutons

 

Olive-Me & Co Warm Arugula, Olive & Tomato Salad

image source www.muttandchops.com

image source www.muttandchops.com

Recipe adapted from Food & Drink Magazine – Spring 2015

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup any plain Olive-Me & Co Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Sutter Buttes Traditional or Chardonnay Mustard
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped, pitted, dry-cured black olives
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups packed arugula
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 cups torn romaine lettuce hearts

Directions:

  1. Whisk together 2 Tbs Olive-Me & Co EVOO, the vinegar and Sutter Buttes mustard in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat remaining 2 Tbs Olive-Me & Co EVOO in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, onion and olives and sauté for about 3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute or until fragrant but not browned.
  3. Pour in vinegar mixture, then add arugula. Stir just until arugula is wilted, for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Divide romaine lettuce equally between individual salad plates, then top with warm tomato mixture.

Olive ~Me & Co’s Honey Mustard Glaze Sausages

honey mustard sausage

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Olive~Me & Co’s Arbequina EVOO (more to serve with the finished product if desired)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons Olive~Me and Co’s Chardonnay Mustard
  • Sausage (pick your favourite! Italian, bratwurst, polish, kielbasa…)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pour the oil into a large pan and heat in the over for 3 to 4 minutes. Score the sausages along the top. Place them in the pan and toss to coat them in the oil. Roast about 20-25 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
  2. Drain the sausages on paper towels, then place into a clean roasting pan. Blend the honey and mustard together in a small bowl and pour over the sausages to coat them. Return the sausages to the oven for about 5 minutes, turning them over half way through.  Serve hot (use toothpicks!)

 

Tip:  Maybe grill some onions to go along with these.

Tip: You can cook these the day before and refrigerate over night in a sealed container. Then toss in the honey mustard mixture and reheat for 10 to 12 minutes in the oven before serving.

 

Olive~Me & Co’s Caesar Dressing

image source www.naturallyloriel.com

image source www.naturallyloriel.com

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole anchovies OR 2 tsp anchovy paste (optional)
  • 2-3 Tbsp Sutter Buttes Chardonnay Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Olive~Me & Co’s Cask 18 Balsamic Vinegar OR red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup Olive~Me & Co’s EVOO
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place first 6 items into a food processor and pulse. Scrape down sides.
  2. Keep food processor running and drizzle and drop in the remaining items, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving

TIP: Use Olive~Me & Co’s Roasted Garlic Olive Oil if you don’t have any fresh garlic, or if you simply want an extra garlic boost!

Olive~Me & Co’s Balsamic and Mustard Glazed Ham

glazed-ham

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-10lb) ham shank, fully cooked
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Olive~Me & Co. Pomegranate OR Cask 18 Traditional Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Sutter Buttes Chardonnay Mustard

Directions:

  1. Remove the ham from the refrigerator 1-2 hours before it needs to go into the oven. This will allow the meat to come a bit closer to room temperature
  2. Place the ham on a large cutting board and score the ham with cuts, in a diamond pattern. The end result should resemble a checkerboard. This process allows the ham to soak up the glaze.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a large roasting pan with foil and place the ham cut side down in the pan. Roast 45 -50 minutes. While the ham begins roasting, combine the sugar, vinegar and mustard in a small cup or bowl. Set aside.
  4. Remove the ham from the oven and baste generously with the glaze, using about 1/4 of the glaze. Continue to roast the ham until it is deep brown and glazed, brushing the ham with more glaze every 10 minutes or so. Use an average of 10 minutes cooking time per pound of ham. Transfer the ham to a large platter and let rest 10-15 minutes prior to slicing.

Alternative: Try using our award winning Jalapeno Whiskey Mustard if you want a ham that’s sweet AND spicy!

Olive~Me & Co’s Mustard Roasted Fish

mustard roasted fish

recipe adapted and image from www.seriouseats.com

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 fillets white fish, such as trout or red snapper
  • 8 ounces crème fraîche (can substitute with sour cream)
  • 3 Tbsp Sutter Buttes Traditional Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Sutter Buttes Chardonnay Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp minced shallots
  • 2 tsp drained capers
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 425°F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the crème fraîche, mustards, shallots, capers, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Lay the fillets in an ovenproof baking dish or on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Spoon the sauce generously over the fillets, ensuring that the fish is completely covered.
  4. Bake the fish for 10-15 minutes, or until just done and beginning to flake easily. Serve hot or at room temperature with any remaining sauce spooned over the fish.

Excellent paired with our Dairy-Free “Cheesy” Roasted Broccoli sidedish!

 

Olive~Me & Co’s Fig Balsamic Glazed Rack of Lamb

lamb chop with mashed

Image source food.allwomenstalk.com

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs rack of lamb (about 8 chops)
  • 2 clove garlics, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp Sutter Buttes Chardonnay Mustard
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 3.5 Tbsp Sutter Buttes Dense Fig Balsamic (which has pieces of fig throughout the bottle)
  • 3 Tbsp Olive~Me & Co. Rosemary Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly ground black pepper to taste

 Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend into a paste.
  2. Trim the excess fat off the rack of lamb. Put the lamb into a zip lock bag and pour in the marinade while massaging the lamb chops through the bag to make sure everything is well incorporated. Let sit in the fridge for at least 24 hours. But, bring the lamb chops to room temperature before cooking.
  3. Preheat the over to 350.
  4. Sear the rack of lamb on the grill* on high heat (for about 2 minutes per side).
  5. Place the rack fat side down in a large oven proof dish on the middle rack of the oven and cook, uncovered for 30 minutes (or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 145F. (see TIP below)
  6. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Carve the rack into chops. Season with salt & pepper and serve with Olive~Me & Co’s White Truffle Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes. Spoon a little remaining sauce from pan onto each serving.

* NOTE: If you don’t have a grill you can heat some peanut or avocado oil in a grill pan on the stovetop on high heat and sear the meat on all sides.

TIP:

  • Rare: 115 to 120°F
  • Medium-Rare: 120 to 125°F
  • Medium: 130 to 135°F
  • Medium-Well: 140 to 145°F
  • Well-Done: 150 to 155°F