February 6, 2014

Brussels Spouts

These adorable tiny cabbages might get a bad rap, but they are a delicious and ideal mid-winter cleansing food.

Roasted Almond Brussels Sprouts

You will need:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon stone ground brown mustard
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/2 cup almonds, chopped1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half, rinsed and patted dry¼ teaspoon sea salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, mustard, caraway seeds, and almonds. Add the trimmed Brussels sprouts to the mixture, toss well, then spread them in an even layer on the prepared pan. Season the Brussels sprouts with sea salt and roast for 20 minutes, tossing occasionally.

Enjoy with white bean velouté.
White Bean Velouté

Choose cannellini (white kidney) or Vermont yellow-eye beans.To soak dry beans, place ½ cup in a large bowl and cover with 1 inch water. Soak for 8 hours or overnight.
Pour beans through strainer and allow to drain.Rinse with water until liquid runs clear through strainer.
Pour into a stock pot with 3 cups water.Cover pot and turn heat on high.Bring to a boil, watching carefully to make sure that beans do not boil over.

Once the pot has come to a boil, remove lid and reduce to medium heat. Foam will form on top of the water. Use a spoon to skim off the foam. Repeat this step periodically as you notice more foam. Cook beans 1 hour or until tender.
Strain and rinse once more.If using canned beans, choose ones with no salt added (I like Eden Organics). Strain and rinse before proceeding.
Meanwhile, make caramelized onions (see below).
Once beans are cooked, add: ¼ cup olive oil 1 Tablespoon dried thyme Salt and freshly ground black pepper Caramelized onions (see below)Purée in food processor or with immersion blender.

***Caramelized Onions
Choose 1 large yellow onion. Chop off top and bottom, peel skin and slice in half width-wise.Place two halves flat on cutting board and slice each one into thin crescent moons. Follow the ridges of the onion when chopping.Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a skillet that has a matching lid.When oil is hot, add onions, stir briefly with spatula, turn burner down to medium-low, and cover.Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.Add salt and any desired spices and simmer for 15 more minutes, until onion starts to brown.Add water if onion is sticking to the bottom of the skillet.

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