Bored with the same old boiled Brussels sprouts every year? Fancy trying something new this year? Then read on to find out how to make sprouts interesting…
OK, before you all accuse me of being anti-sproutist, I’m not. I love sprouts and will happily eat them plain: boiled or steamed (though not cooked for too long please!).
Sprouts are totally in season now, super good for you and deliciously tasty… but after the first flush of Christmas excitement, even die-hard sprout enthusiasts like myself get a bit bored plain old boiled or steamed sprouts… and I know there are plenty of people out there who are yet to be converted!
This post is an attempt to get more people to eat more sprouts and to be a bit more adventurous cooking them: and what a delectable Smörgåsbord of sprout fancies I have for you… 14 delicious, innovative (and sometime downright crazy) Brussels sprouts recipes to tickle your tastebuds.
I bring you a feast of sproutastic recipes from Sprout Gratin to Sprout Colcannon, Chinese-Style Sprouts to Spanish-Style Sprouts, Leftover Sprouts Bubble and Squeak Cakes and even…Maple Roasted Sprouts with Pecans and Cranberries! Can you get more festive than that?
First up, my Sprout Gratin. I did toy with calling this Sprout Dauphinoise, as this is essentially my recipe for dauphinoise potatoes with added sprouts and lardons. If sprouts are just not your thing, you can still make this (minus the sprouts) and, either way, it makes and excellent accompaniment to sausages or leftover turkey.
Get the recipe => Sprout Gratin
Stir Fried Sprouts with Ginger and Chilli
Or what about an oriental take on sprouts? In this recipe sprouts are quartered and stir-fried with chilli, ginger and garlic, then I add soy sauce, sesame oil and a few sesame seeds for garnish. The result is AMAZING. Frying sprouts brings out a lovely nuttiness that you just don’t get from boiling or steaming them, and the Asian flavours really compliment the sprouts well. Sounds unusual, I know, but it really works. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself – it only takes 10 minutes!
Get the recipe => Stir Fried Sprouts with Ginger and Chilli
Leftover Sprouts Bubble and Squeak Cakes
This is a fabulous way to use up all your leftovers from Christmas Day or from any other roast dinner. Simply mash together leftover sprouts (or any other leftover vegetables) and leftover mashed or roast potatoes. Shape into cakes and fry in a little butter or oil. Serve with baked beans, sausages or leftover cold meats.
Get the recipe => Leftover Sprouts Bubble and Squeak Cakes
Sprout and Leek Colcannon
Colcannon is an Irish dish, traditionally a mix of creamed potatoes and cabbage or kale. Here I’ve adapted the recipe to include a mixture of leeks and sprouts. It’s totally delicious and would go brilliantly with sausages and gravy or baked beans. If you have any mixture left over you could turn them into bubble and squeak cakes the next day.
Get the recipe => Sprout and Leek Colcannon
Maple Roasted Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecan Nuts
How festive is this dish? I’ve recently discovered the joys of roasting sprouts. They cook so nicely in a hot oven and develop a lovely rich nutty flavour and a crisp crunchy texture. Roast sprouts pair so well with cranberries and pecans and drizzled with maple syrup they take on a new level of yumminess! This would make a brilliant side dish for any roast meal but especially on Christmas Day – kind of like sprouts and cranberry sauce in one dish!
Get the recipe => Maple Roasted Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecan Nuts
Pan Fried Sprouts with Walnuts, Honey and Stilton
OK, this one is a bit mad, but I really quite like it. Sprouts are pan-fried with walnuts, then drizzled with honey and sprinkled with blue cheese: a great way to use up leftover stilton and walnuts from Christmas day. If you don’t like blue cheese try feta or white stilton instead or just leave out the cheese altogether. This would be a fun dish to go with leftover turkey or ham.
Get the recipe => Pan Fried Sprouts with Walnuts, Honey and Stilton
Pan Fried Sprouts with Chorizo and Almonds
Fancy your Brussels sprouts with a Spanish twist this year? Why not try my Pan Fried Sprouts with Chorizo and Almonds! Gorgeously tasty and utterly easy peasy, this 3 ingredient sprout recipe can be on your table in under 15 minutes…and only use one pan!
Get the recipe => Pan Fried Sprouts with Chorizo and Almonds
Pan Fried Sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon
Prefer more of a traditional take on Brussels sprouts? Then this Pan Fried Sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon recipe is your answer. My easy peasy twist on this Christmas classic, this Brussels sprout dish uses only 3 ingredients and just 1 pan…and can be ready in under 15 minutes!
Get the recipe => Pan Fried Sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon
Sprout and Wild Mushroom Carbonara
A delicious vegetarian twist on a pasta classic, this Sprout and Wild Mushroom Carbonara is a great way to use up those leftover sprouts that are lurking in your fridge after Christmas!
Get the recipe => Sprout and Wild Mushroom Carbonara
Ham, Pea and Sprout Risotto
A delicious winter warmer, this simple Ham, Pea and Sprout Risotto is a great way to use up any leftover ham or sprouts after Christmas and a brilliant easy peasy midweek meal to see you through the rest of winter too. Make with diced bacon if you don’t have any ham.
Get the recipe => Ham, Pea and Sprout Risotto
Sprout Salad with Cranberries, Pecan Nuts and Clementines
Or how about not cooking your sprouts at all this year and trying them raw in a salad – like this delicious Sprout Salad with Cranberries, Pecan Nuts and Clementines?
Get the recipe => Sprout Salad with Cranberries, Pecan Nuts and Clementines
Easy Christmas Vegetable Traybake
Make your life SUPER simple this year and cook your sprouts in this Easy Christmas Vegetable Traybake. Roasting the parsnips, carrots and sprouts all together in one tray means you can relax and have a glass of bubbly instead of juggling pots and pans like a mad thing this Christmas.
Get the recipe => Easy Christmas Vegetable Traybake
A festive twist on the classic cabbage-based coleslaw, my Sproutslaw is perfect for a Boxing Day or New Year’s Day buffet – or why not serve it with my Christmas Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Relish – all the flavours of Christmas in a burger!
Get the recipe => Sproutslaw
Pan Fried Sprouts with Leek and Bacon
Friends, I’ve saved the best till last. This is my all-time favourite sprout dish. It is so delicious – I could eat a whole pan-full. (In fact, after making this for the photos, I pretty much did!) The sprouts and leeks are pan-fried in butter before adding delicious salty bacon or lardons. I use cute little packs of lardons from the Tesco finest range which are perfect for this dish. The result is amazing, virtually guaranteed to convert all but the most sprout-resistant! If you only make one sprout dish this Christmas make this one! Serve as part of a roast dinner or with a big pile of creamy mashed potatoes for a quick and tasty supper. Any leftovers can be use in my sprout and leek colcannon or in my sprout bubble and squeak cakes.
Get the recipe => Pan Fried Sprouts with Leek and Bacon
I would love to know what you’ve got planned for your sprouts this year. Let me know in the comments below!
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