As a kid Brussels Sprouts are a weird looking vegetable that my parents served for Thanksgiving or Christmas. They tasted bitter, looked funny and even smelled strange. Where did they even come from??
Fast forward just a few years – hold on Mc Fly – and they are one of my favorite vegetables to serve. And it may have something to do with how they grow. Have you ever seen a Brussels Sprout stalk? They are an incredible example of Mother Nature’s ability to inspire and nurture us. You can usually find them in the fall and winter for sale in your local market – I ALWAYS buy them when I see them available to place on our kitchen island. Visitors are just as amazed to see them as I was my first time. But more on that later…
I have always made and served Brussels Sprouts warm, usually roasted or some similar style of preparation – however I recently saw a recipe from Nathan Lyon for a cold preparation and ran with it to create my Brussels Sprout and Pancetta Caesar Salad for a Friendsgiving styled photo shoot.
- 2 table spoons olive oil
- 4 ounces pancetta, sliced thin and chopped
- 1 pound brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
- 5 anchovy filets
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- In a large saute pan on medium heat cook pancetta until crispy. Scrap from pan and add to a large bowl.
- In the same pan, add olive oil, then brussels sprouts on medium-hight heat. Cook until sprouts are lightly browned. Stir and heat for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir into bowl with pancetta.
- Combine anchovies, garlic, pepper, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard and olive oil in a blender, or food processor, and puree until emulsified. Add to Brussels sprout bowl and stir until well combined.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve warm, or room temperature.
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