Wednesday, September 9, 2009

In Your Dreams Brussel Sprouts

Ok, I have an embarrassing food confession. I dream about food - a lot. A few weeks ago I had the most vivid dream about hosting a dinner party where I served a delicious brussel sprouts dish. Mind you I've never actually cooked brussel sprouts. Well, the dream stuck with me, so I decided to recreate my okra masterpiece to see if my dream sprouts held up. It was delicious and simple and made me realize that I actually DO like brussel sprouts!

In Your Dreams Brussel Sprouts

4 pieces bacon
1 package fresh brussel sprouts (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup diced shallots
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium heat and cook bacon until crisp. Remove from skillet and reserve drippings. When cook, crumble.

While bacon is cooking, remove stems from okra and cut in half if large. Add diced shallots and brussel sprouts to bacon drippings in cast iron skillet and saute 10-12 minutes, until sprouts begin to brown and is no longer crunchy. Stir in vinegar, crumbled bacon and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

I served with a simple pretzel honey crusted chicken and homemade mashed potatoes. For chicken, I bought chicken thighs, coated them in honey then dredged in crushed salted pretzels. Bake at 350 about 30 minutes or until chicken is 180 degrees (170 if using chicken breast).

Finished it off with a tasty sauvignon blanc :)


Christine said...

I'm sorry I wasn't home for this one, because I LOVE okra! Weirdly, I even like just plain boiled okra with a little butter and S&P, which I find many people are not a fan of.

Lindsay said...

Glad to have a fellow okra lover in the house :) I'm happy to keep experimenting and will make sure you're home next time!

Anonymous said...

Lindsay only you would dream about food, create a recipe from your dream and have it turn out delicious. I love it and I HAVE to try this!

Kway said...

I'm sad you missed my sausage gumbo with my garden okra. Maybe it will produce enough to make another dish.

Anonymous said...

I think Okra is def. a southern thing, I'll have to see if they carry it at my grocery store!
The honey/pretzel chicken sounds delish... like something I could handle!

Lundy said...

this is why I love you. Well, one of the bajillion reasons.

Erin Krenek said...

I'm loving the pretzel chicken thigh idea. Just might have to use that.

Jessica Meyer said...

YUM! I adore okra. I think I might go make this right now :) haha

Jessica Meyer

Teresa said...

Yum! This sounds delicious. I just tried Brussels Sprouts for the first time a few days ago and can't stop thinking about them. I bought some for dinner tonight and this recipe just might convince my husband that Brussels Sprouts can be good. LOL!