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 Rib Steak with Parsley Pesto

image source bbqwar.com

image source bbqwar.com

Recipe adapted from Food & Drink magazine – Winter 2015

Ingredients:

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 rib steaks about 3 inches thick (get them as similarly sized as possible so they cook at the same rate)

Parsley pesto:

  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1/3 C oregano or cilantro leaves
  • 2 cups Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 Tbs red wine vinegar (for a sweeter outcome, try our Rosato Wine Vinegar)
  • ½ cup any Olive-Me & Co Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or try our roasted garlic olive oil)
  • 2 Tbs any Olive-Me & Co Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Salt and pepper the rib steaks and place in fridge for 2 hours before cooking
  2. Preheat oven to 450 F
  3. Place garlic, oregano or cilantro, parsley, chili flakes and cumin in a food processor. Pulse to combine, but leave a little texture. Stir in red wine vinegar and olive oil. Set aside.
  4. Heat ovenproof skillet over high heat, then add 2 Tbs olive oil. When oil is hot, add steaks and sear 5 minutes per side.
  5. Transfer skillet and steaks to the oven and roast 8 – 10 minutes for medium-rare.  Place on carving board and let sit for 10 minutes before carving.
  6. Cut into ¼ inch slices. Drizzle with pesto.

 

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 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 Olive Oil Smoothies

image source www.davincigourmet.com

image source www.davincigourmet.com

INGREDIENTS:

Green smoothie:

  • 1 2cm piece of fresh ginger,  cubed
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 5-6 pineapple in small chunks
  • 4 tsp. Olive~Me & Co olive oil of your choice
  • 1 cup Apple Juice (or water for less sugar)

Orange smoothie:

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/3 Cup orange juice
  • 1/3 Cup almond milk
  • 2 tsp flaxseeds
  • 4 tsp Olive~Me & Co olive oil of your choice

Purple smoothie:

  • 1 large beetroot, chopped
  • 150g blueberries
  • 1 medium apple,  cored and chopped
  • 1 cup Apple Juice (or water for less sugar)
  • 4 tsp Olive~Me & Co olive oil of your choice

DIRECTIONS (for each):

  1. Blend all of the ingredients first until smooth.
  2. Once smooth, add a handful of ice and blend again for a cold smooth beverage.

 

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 Panzanella Salad

image source http://dishingouthealth.com

image source http://dishingouthealth.com

Recipe adapted from http://www.thekitchn.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12- to 16-ounce) loaf artisan bread (8 to 10 very full cups) (fresh or stale)
  • 2 to 3 large heirloom tomatoes (3 pounds, about 8 cups chopped into bite sized pieces)
  • 1/2 large cucumber (chopped into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 medium red or yellow bell pepper (chopped into bite sized pieces)
  • 1/2 medium red onion (sliced and soaked in cold water 10-15 minutes before assembling salad)
  • 1/2 cup any Olive~Me & Co’s EVOO (or try our Basil Olive Oil if you don’t have fresh basil)  plus more
    oil if choosing method # 2 for the bread. See below)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (or Olive~Me & Co’s Rosato Wine Vinegar for a sweeter salad)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced basil
  • Fresh Parmigiano Reggiano (if choosing method #2 for the bread. See below)

Directions:

1. Slice the bread into 1-inch cubes: Slice or tear the bread into roughly 1-inch cubes (around 10 cups of bread)

2. Dry the bread:  (note: if you have very dry bread already, simply cube it to continue)

Method # 1: place cubes on baking tray and bake in a 300°F oven until hardened on the outside but still slightly soft in the middle (about 15 to 20 minutes) stirring once or twice during baking. Let cool completely.

Method # 2: 2-3 day old stale bread , cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in large skillet, over medium heat.  Drizzle on enough olive oil so that each piece has some on it. Fry cubes until golden (add oil as needed).  Finely grate Parmigiano Reggiano to cover bread; fry until crispy and browned. Let cool completely.

3. Make the vinaigrette:

Combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar (or rosato wine vinegar), salt, and a freshly ground black pepper in a mason jar. Shake vigorously. (Or simply combine ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well)

4. Combine the cooled bread and chopped vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Pour the vinaigrette over top and thoroughly combine.

5. Let the salad sit between  1/2 hour to 4 hours. Stir occasionally so the juices and vinaigrette are evenly distributed.

6. Just before serving, stir in the basil. This salad is best eaten the day it’s made.

Olive~Me & Co. Balsamic-Glazed Steak Rolls

balsamic glazed steak rolls
Recipe adapted from https://www.tablespoon.com
 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 thin slices sirloin or flank steak (length and width according to personal preference)
  • Olive~Me & Co. House Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 medium yellow onion, halved and then thinly sliced
  • A few white button or cremini mushrooms, cut into thin strips

FOR THE ROSEMARY BALSAMIC GLAZE:

  • 1 teaspoon Olive~Me & Co. House Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup Olive~Me & Co. Cask 18 Traditional Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Olive~Me & Co. Rosato Wine Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup beef  broth

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Rub each side of the steak slices with a little Olive~Me & Co. House Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Sprinkle with salt, freshly ground black pepper and some chopped fresh rosemary.
  2. Heat one tablespoon of Olive~Me & Co. House Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the vegetables until crisp-tender, seasoning with salt and pepper.
  3. Place a few of the vegetable strips vertically on one end of each steak cutlet so that once rolled up the end of the vegetables are sticking out of each end of the steak roll.
  4. Roll it up, and secure it with a toothpick. Repeat for each steak roll.
  5. For the rosemary balsamic glaze:
  6. Heat the Olive~Me & Co. House Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for one minute, until fragrant. Add Olive~Me & Co. Cask 18 Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Olive~Me & Co. Rosato Wine Vinegar, brown sugar and the rosemary sprigs and bring to a rapid boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Add the broth, return to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 15 minutes. Discard the rosemary sprigs.
  7. Prepare the grill and grill on each side for about 2 minutes or according to desired doneness. Do the same if cooking them in a skillet, frying over medium-high heat until done.
  8. Serve immediately drizzled with the rosemary balsamic glaze. Baked potatoes make a great accompaniment.

Olive~Me & Co’s Penne Pasta with Spicy Tuna Sauce

penne with spicy tuna sauce

Photo credit and recipe adapted from http://www.save.ca/community/

Ingredients
  1. 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
  2. 3 tablespoons of Olive~Me & Co’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  3. 2 tablespoons of Sutter Buttes Spicy Antipasto Spread (add more to make it hotter!)
  4. 1 can diced tomatoes
  5. 1⁄2 bottle of tomato puree
  6. 1 can of tuna packed in olive oil
  7. 1⁄3 cup of fresh parsley chopped
  8. 1 package of Penne
  9. 1 tablespoon of Sutter Buttes Habanero Pepper Sea Salt (or just kosher salt if you’ve got enough heat in here already)
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan lightly sauté onion in olive oil until translucent (about 5 minutes)
  2. Add diced tomatoes and tomato purée. Let simmer on med/low heat for 10-15 minutes
  3. Boil water, add salt and cook pasta as directed on the package less 1 minute. Drain tuna and add to sauce just before adding the cooked pasta, making sure not to over-drain the pasta
  4. Gently toss pasta into sauce over med/low for 1-2 minutes, turn off heat, add fresh parsley and serve

Olive-Me & Co Peppered Tuna with Olive Salsa

Recipe adapted from Food & Drink magazine – Winter 2015

Serves 4 as a main, or 6 as an appetizer

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup any plain Olive-Me & Co EVOO 
  • 1 cup Nicoise or other black olives, pitted and quartered
  • 2 Tbs capers
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tsp lemon rind
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs sushi grade tuna, at least 1 inch thick
  • salt
  • 3 Tbs finely ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs any plain Olive-Me & Co EVOO

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Toss cherry tomatoes with 1 Tbs Olive-Me & Co EVOO and place on baking sheet/. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until tomatoes burst. Remove them from oven.
  2. Coarsely chop tomatoes and combine with remaining Olive-Me & Co EVOO, olives, capers, parsley and lemon rind in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Slice tuna into four  2 ½ x 1 inch rectangles. Season with salt and let sit for 10 minutes/ Roll each loin in pepper, coating all sides.
  4. Heat Olive-Me & Co EVOO in a frying pan over high heat. Add 2 pieces of tuna and cook for 2 minutes on each side for very rare. Cook for 3 minutes on each side for less rare.  Transfer to a plate and reserve. Repeat with remaining pieces of tuna. Serve tuna with olive salsa.

Note: This dish can be served hot or at room temperature.