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.

 

Peach and Gorgonzola Crostini

Peach and Gorgonzola Tart small

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 ripe California peaches, cut in half and pitted
  • 16 baguette slices, ½ inch thick
  • Olive~Me & Co Basil Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
  • 2 Tbsp Sutter Buttes Wildflower honey

Directions:

  1. Heat grill or grill pan to medium heat. Mix cream cheese, half the honey, and thyme. Set aside
  2. Brush peach halves and baguette slices on both sides with Olive~Me & Co’s Basil Olive Oil. Place peach halves cut side down on grates or grill pan and grill for three to four minutes on each side. When the peaches are almost done, grill the bread slices for one minute on each side or until they are slightly browning.
  3. Remove peaches and bread from the grill. Cut peach halves into four slices. Spread cream cheese mixture on each slice of bread. Top each slice with two peach slices and Gorgonzola cheese. Drizzle each with honey. Sprinkle with any extra thyme.

Olive~Me & Co’s Fruit Pizza with Cookie Crust

Olive~Me & Co’s Fruit Pizza with Cookie Crust

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Spread:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Pinch salt

Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons Olive~Me & Co’s Tropical Passion White Balsamic Vinegar

Fresh Fruit:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup sliced kiwi
  • 1 cup sliced nectarines
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced

 

Directions:

For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10 to 12-inch tart pan or pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars using a handheld mixer until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the creamed butter and mix until blended. Remove the dough from the bowl and press into the prepared pan. (You may need to dust your hands with some flour to prevent the dough from sticking to them. It is wet dough when it comes together.) Bake until the edges just start to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

For the spread: In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and a pinch of salt until smooth. Spread evenly on the cooled crust.

To assemble: Arrange the fresh fruit in the desired pattern on top of the pizza; brush or drizzle the Balsamic over the fruit, slice and serve.

Cook’s Note: An offset spatula is a great tool for spreading the cookie dough. If the dough seems a little soft, flour your hands before you work with the dough or chill the dough in the refrigerator.

Olive~Me & Co’s Spinach and Artichoke Pasta

hot pepper

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Olive~Me & Co’s Hot Pepper Olive Oil (or our Habanero Olive Oil)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 1 can (14 oz) quartered artichoke hearts
  • 10 oz chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 oz. pasta

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain in a colander and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, start making the sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Mince the garlic and cook it in the oil until it is slightly tender (1-2 minutes). Be careful not to let it get too dark!
  3. Add the cream cheese, sour cream and white wine. Stir until everything is evenly incorporated. Reduce the heat to medium/low.
  4. Add the milk and parmesan cheese. Stir until the parmesan has melted and is evenly blended. Stir in the spinach. (This is the time that you would add the veggies if you so choose).
  5. Drain the can of artichoke hearts. Roughly chop them and add to the sauce. Taste the sauce and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes if desired.
  6. Add the cooked and drained pasta and stir to coat. Serve warm.

Olive~Me & Co’s Butterfinger Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

 

chocolate butterfinger

Makes one 8×8 pan

Preparation: Create a sling by lining the pan with foil so that there is a one inch overhang on each side. Cover foil with baking spray.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Olive~Me & Co’s Chocolate or Caramel Balsamic (use as a finishing drizzle)

Chocolate chip cookie layer 

  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup flour plus 2 tablespoons
  • 5 Butterfinger, king size

Cheesecake layer

  • 8oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Instructions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

To make chocolate chip cookie layer

  1. Melt butter and let cool to warm. Add in brown sugar and mix to combine. Add in egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine.  Add in flour and fold to combine. Fold in mini chocolate chip and fold to combine. Pour mixture into pan; set aside.

To make cheesecake

  1. Add all ingredients in a bowl and beat until blended. Set aside.

Assembly

  1. Press 3/4 of cookie mixture into pan. Place Butterfinger bars side-by-side on top of cookie dough. Pour cheesecake mixture on top. Crumble remaining cookie dough and sprinkle on top of cheesecake layer. Sprinkle chocolate chips all over top.
  2. Transfer pan to oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees F. Remove from oven set on wire rack to cool.
  3. Once cool, drizzle Olive~Me & Co’s Chocolate or Caramel Balsamic over the top, cut and enjoy!

 

Olive~Me & Co’s Cream of Potato, Leek and Artichoke Soup with Bacon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

cream of potato leek artichoke soup bacon olive oil

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of Olive~Me & Co’s Bacon flavored extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 leeks chopped (2 small onions if you prefer onions)
  • 1 minced clove garlic
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 can artichokes,in water, drained
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 block softened fat free cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives to garnish

Instructions:

  1. Heat Bacon flavored olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and the garlic stir well. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the artichokes, stock, cream cheese, and salt and pepper.
  2. Cook until the vegetables are tender 20- 25 minutes.  In a blender, fill blender 1/2 way, puree the soup. You will have to do this in batches and please ensure the lid is vented. Garnish with chives and enjoy! You can even drizzle a little of the bacon olive oil over top as you serve!