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 Bacon Caprese Salad

bacon caprese

recipe adapted from www.saveur.com

Ingredients – Vinaigrette:

  • 3/4 lb bacon, diced, crisped, reserve fat
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Olive~Me & Co’s Rosato Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup slice shallots
  • 1 1/4 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon Olive~Me & Co’s Chardonnay Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Olive~Me & Co’s Roasted Garlic Olive Oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Ingredients – Salad:

  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella, halved crosswise and thinly sliced
  • 4 heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves

Instructions: 

Make the vinaigrette: In a large food processor, process 1/2 lb bacon, celery, honey, vinegar, shallots, lemon juice, and mustard until smooth. With the processor running, slowly add oil and the reserved bacon fat, season with salt and pepper.

Make the salad: Combine mozzarella, tomatoes, and marjoram; season with salt and pepper and drizzle with vinaigrette. Garnish with remaining bacon and serve.

Olive-Me & Co Chili & Mango Salmon Quesadillas

ChiliMangoSalmonQuesadillas

Adapted from www.halfbakedharvest.com

Ingredients:

Sauce

  • ¼ cup Olive-Me & Co. Chili Balsamic
  • ½ cup Olive-Me & Co. Mango Balsamic
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • ½ cup coconut water or milk
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Quesadillas

  • 4 tablespoons Olive-Me & Co Thai Chili Olive Oil
  • 1 pound salmon, skin on
  • 2 cups Napa cabbage, chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 cup steamed rice
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Fresh cilantro or basil

Spicy Mango

  • 2 mangoes, peeled, pitted, diced
  • 1 red chili, seeded, diced
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • Drizzle of Olive-Me & Co Thai Chili Olive Oil or Olive-Me & Co Spicy Mango Balsamic
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Avocado, peeled, pitted, diced

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine sauce ingredients in a medium sauce pot. Simmer 5-10 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Place the salmon on a plate and rub with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Gently rub 2-3 tablespoons of the balsamic sauce on the salmon.
  3. Heat a medium size skillet over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Once hot, add the red pepper slices, cabbage and carrots. Stir fry for 2 minutes and then drizzle about 2-3 tablespoons of the balsamic sauce over the veggies, toss well and continue to cook until the veggies are tender. Remove the veggies from the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and add another tablespoon of olive oil, now add the salmon, skin side facing up. Sear the salmon for 3-4 minutes and then flip and continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes or until the salmon reaches your desired doneness. Cooking times will vary depending on the size of your salmon. Chop the salmon into bites.
  4. To assemble the quesadillas, heat an electric griddle or skillet over medium heat. Add a bit of olive oil. Place 4 tortillas down on a clean counter, covering each with some sauce and then sprinkle with a bit of cheese. Then evenly distribute the rice, veggies and salmon. Sprinkle with a little more of the cheese. Place the tortilla on the griddle or skillet, and then cover with the other tortilla. Cook until the bottom is crispy and golden brown, then gently flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until crispy and golden.
  5. To make the spicy mangoes toss the mangoes and chopped red chili pepper with the lime juice, a drizzle of oil, a pinch of cayenne and salt.
  6. Cut into quesadillas into sections and serve with the spicy mangoes and any remaining sauce. Sprinkle with cilantro and avocados.

Olive-Me & Co.’s Grilled Peach Salad

Olive-Me & Co.'s White Peach Salad

Adapted from Sylvia Fountaine, Feasting at Home Blog- June-1-2012

Ingredients:

  • 3 peaches
  • 6 oz arugula
  • mild sheep’s milk cheese, chèvre, fresh goat cheese, or fresh mozzarella
  • 1/8 cup almonds, toasted and slivered
  • Purple basil leaves
  • Nasturtiums (optional)

Vinaigrette:

  • 2 ½ tablespoons Olive-Me & Co.’s Peach Flavoured White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons Olive-Me & Co.’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil (plain or flavoured)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Instructions:

  1. Mix the vinaigrette. Cut peaches in half and discard the pits. Brush peaches with some vinaigrette and place flesh down on a preheated grill at medium. Let grill for 4-6 minutes uncovered until they have noticeable grill marks. Gently turn over and grill for 1 minute. Cut peaches into wedges.
  2. Toss arugula, basil and almonds with the vinaigrette. Store remaining vinaigrette in a sealed container, and place in cool, dark cupboard. Make a bed of greens, and place grilled peaches on top with bits of cheese. Sprinkle basil and nasturtium petals on top.

Olive~Me & Co.’s Hawaiian Salad with White Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar

Olive~Me & Co.’s Hawaiian Salad with White Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar

 

Salad:

  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves or lettuce of your choice
  • 1 ounce slice of black forest ham, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 ounce fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced or diced
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup fresh pineapple, sliced thinly and cut into bite size pieces

Pineapple Balsamic Salad Dressing:

  • ½ cup puree from fresh pineapple
  • 3 tablespoons Olive~Me & Co.’s White Golden Pineapple balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup Olive~Me &Co.’s House Blend olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 generous dashes of cayenne pepper, adjust to taste.

Place the chunks of pineapple in the bottom of the blender. Puree until completely smooth. Add the vinegar, honey and oil. Blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pulse to combine. Pour into a glass jar and refrigerate. Shake well before serving. Enjoy!