Phew! It has been a weird day weather-wise! Warm (near 70 degrees) and occasional rain throughout the day... I got to wear sandals... which never happens in November. Then the wind came. It has been howling for hours. Then two separate tornado warning sirens... eep! Snoop started howling back (which he does every Wednesday at noon) until we started pushing him toward the basement.
Now that it has moved on and the weather has calmed... lets talk about brussel sprouts.
Do you love 'em or hate 'em? There doesn't seem to be a middle ground on this vegetable. I think brussel sprouts get a bad rap. The first time I had them, they were frozen... not delicious... in fact, disgusting. After this experience, it took me several years to try them again. This time they were fresh, in season, and... amazing! I don't know if they are my favorite vegetable (they're up against some stiff competition), but they are certainly ranked pretty high!
My favorite way to prepare them is pretty simple. A pound of brussel sprouts, a tablespoon of butter, salt, and pepper... done! Brown that butter in a pan (medium heat), add the sprouts, sprinkle in some salt and pepper, then toss until the sprouts start browning and getting all crispy. Sooo good! Takes about 15 minutes from start to finish... ten minutes if you're a quick chopper.
Another good option is brussel sprout gratin. Takes a little more time to make and requires more ingredients, but it is perfect for Thanksgiving or other large holiday meals with family and friends (you might convert some brussel sprout haters)!
So, here is this week's menu (which includes brussel sprouts of course)!
creamy sundried tomato pasta
ravioli and salad
deep dish pizza
broccoli cheddar pot pies
coq au riesling with brussel sprouts