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The Christmas sprout! Love em or hate em!

The Christmas sprout!

It doesn’t have to be Christmas. We can make the sprout tasty at any time! I promise….

Honestly give those sprouts a lil bit of attention – it’s well worth it! I just love them! Do you?

Long gone are those days when you were a kid and got served up overcooked mushy sprouts – oh and that smell!! Yuk. These days we can cook them properly ‘with bite’ and pan fry them or add many many things. This is one of my fave ways. But tell me what are yours? Do you have a secret sprout recipe?

So what exactly are they and are they good for you? Well according to Wikipedia:

Raw Brussels sprouts are 86% water, 9% carbohydrates, 3% protein, and contain negligible fat. In a 100 gram amount, they supply high levels (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of vitamin C (102% DV) and vitamin K (169% DV), with more moderate amounts of B vitamins, such as folate and vitamin B6; essential minerals and dietary fiber exist in moderate to low amounts

Brussels sprouts, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contain sulforaphane, a phytochemical under basic research for its potential biological properties. Although boiling reduces the level of sulforaphane, neither steaming, microwave cooking, nor stir frying cause a significant loss.

That poor Christmas sprout – they get such a bad press and they are rich in so many good things as well as flavour!

You must too try my lovely stuffing recipe – go on have a look!

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Ingredients

Serves about 5

  • 500g Sprouts, trimmed
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped Parsley or Sage
  • 6-8 Slices Smoked bacon or pancetta, diced or strips of Bacon
  • Good knob Butter

Preparation Method

  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, tip in the sprouts and par boil for 8-10 Minutes / or steam them (I do) make sure they are still firm. Drain and leave
  2. In a large frying pan add Olive oil and garlic and fry off for 1/2 minute – add the sliced bacon and fry until almost crispy
  3. Throw in the Brussels and heat, string occasionally for 5 minutes
  4. Finally add the chopped Parsley or Sage and Butter, serve immediately – yum!

Honestly give those sprouts a lil bit of attention – it’s well worth it!

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