Cook the Book Fridays: Maple Syrup & Mustard Brussels Sprouts from Everyday Dorie
Here we are! Another Cook the Book Fridays post! Wow the week went by so fast! This week's Cook the Book from Dorie Greenspan's Everyday Dorie recipe is her Maple-Syrup-and-Mustard Brussels Sprouts.
I should probably note that I am in fact snacking on this exact dish as I write up this blog post (seeing that I just finished cooking mere minutes ago). Interestingly enough, in all of my 35 years of life, this week was the VERY first time I have bought brussels sprouts! So there I was standing in the Italian Centre wondering to myself how do I "know" which brussels sprouts are the ones to buy? Thankfully, since I was at the Italian Centre any of the choices I made were just fine. It does help to shop local as the produce is always so fresh! I ended up choosing most of the bigger brussels sprouts available and quickly filled my bag with the 1 pound of fresh brussels sprouts that the recipe called for.
In terms of ingredients not much is needed for this recipe aside from the brussels sprouts - maple syrup, grainy mustard, shallots, garlic, thick cut bacon, salt, pepper and olive oil. Her recipe is super easy to follow and everything came together fairly quickly. You just need to stay organized and remember to cook the bacon while the brussels sprouts are steaming away!
I loved how nice and charred the brussels sprouts became as I cooked them up in the hot oil (I cooked my dish in a cast iron pan)! Then, adding that bit of extra saltiness with the thick cut bacon was perfect! I enjoyed adding extra grainy mustard to the dish at the very end to give it that extra kick of flavour.
However, one thing I would like to try next time is more maple syrup. I ran out of maple syrup so I wasn't able to add any more to my dish. I wonder if that would have helped to add more caramelization and bring together all the flavours in my dish.
All in all, a great recipe! I would most definitely serve this as a side or add to my salads! now...excuse me as I figure out how to get rid of all the smoke in my house - as it become a bit smoky with all the crisping of the bacon and charring up of those brussels sprouts!
Oh and if you are wanting the recipe, I did a quick search and found it over here or better yet, buy the cookbook and you will find it on page 212 of Every Day Dorie.
Check to see what everyone else thought about this recipe over at Cook the Book Fridays!