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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Truffle Oil

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Truffle Oil

Roasted Brussels sprouts with truffle oil. Beechwood spoon, made in France, and Rose’s Perfect Pie Plate, both from HIC.

Brussels sprouts – The consistently controversial vegetable.  Most people fall into one of two camps here – you either love Brussels sprouts, or detest them. Whether it’s the smell, the texture, or the bad reputation they bear for being displeasing, many people just don’t embrace the Brussels sprout.  The technique used in this recipe was passed along from a good friend, who has converted many previously averse, to become embracers of the veggie. What’s different in this recipe? It’s all about changing the texture – We’ll roast both whole and sliced Brussels sprouts together, achieving a mix of softer whole sprouts, and crunchier sliced bits. Love pancetta and cheese? You’re covered. Just scroll down to the “Variations” section at the bottom of this post.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Truffle Oil Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, rinsed, ends trimmed, but left whole
  • 1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, rinsed, ends trimmmed, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. truffle oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Tools

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preparing the Brussels sprouts

First, rinse well.

Brussels sprouts rinsed in collander

Brussels sprouts rinsed in collander

Trim the excess stem at the bottom.

Cutting Brussels Sprout Stem

Cutting the Brussels sprout stem

Then, pull the extra rougher leaves off from around the outside of the Brussels sprout.

Peeling Brussels Sprout Leaves

Peeling Brussels sprout leaves

Trim the stem a bit closer, and create a notch in the bottom. The notch aids in more even cooking.

Trim Brussels Sprout Stem Closely

Trim the Brussels sprout stem closely

Brussels Spout with notch cut into the bottom

Brussels spout with notch cut into the bottom

For this recipe we’re mixing both whole and sliced Brussels sprouts, because the smaller sliced pieces, as well as the bits that come off the sprout during the slicing process (don’t throw these out- put them in your roasting pan or pie plate) will become crunchier as they cook along side the whole sprouts, sopping up all of the truffle oil and collecting salt, adding savory flavor and variation in texture.

To prepare the sliced Brussels sprouts, first remove the stems and outside leaves, and cut the notch into the bottom. Then, cut in ¼-inch thick slices. We put The World’s Greatest™ Handy Dandy Super Slicer to work (To be notified when it’s available, Contact Us) which makes quick work of slicing any soft veggie or fruit in uniform widths, plus it locks in a closed position for drawer storage.  To note, if you have tough or very large Brussels sprouts, opt for a knife. The Handy Dandy Super Slicer works well if you have small, delicate sprouts. (Ergo Chef’s Pro Series Utility Knife is a great choice, with it’s ergonomic handle.)

Brussels Sprout in The World's Greatest Handy Dandy Super Slicer

Brussels sprout in The World’s Greatest Handy Dandy Super Slicer

Place both whole and sliced Brussels sprouts in a roasting pan or pie dish. In this recipe, we used Rose’s Perfect Pie Plate. Toss with 2 tbsp. truffle oil until the sprouts are well coated and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. of Himalayan sea salt (you may prefer to add more to taste, after cooking) and a 1/2 tsp. or a few twists of fresh ground black pepper.

Brussels sprouts tossed with truffle oil and sea salt

Brussels sprouts tossed with truffle oil and sea salt

Brussels sprouts in Rose's Perfect Pie Plate, before roasting

Brussels sprouts in Rose’s Perfect Pie Plate, before roasting

Place the Brussels sprouts on the top rack of a 400-degree oven and cook for 20 minutes, then remove and stir so that the sprouts get coated with the truffle oil and salt that has migrated to the bottom of the pie plate. Put back in the 400 degree oven and cook for another 15 minutes, or until sprouts are browned. Note, the smaller pieces may brown more and have crunchier edges than the whole Brussels sprouts. The two compliment each other nicely.

Roasted brussels sprouts with truffle oil and sea salt

Roasted Brussels sprouts with truffle oil and sea salt

Variations:

If you’d like to mix it up, here are a couple variations I’ve tried.

Use plain olive oil if you or your guests are not fond of truffles.

Toss in pancetta with the Brussels sprouts at the time roasting begins. This imparts a delicious flavor, and fills the kitchen with a wonderful aroma of cooking bacon.

Add nuts during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Slivered almonds, pine nuts, or pecans are all delicious, sprinkled on top.

Add a 1/2 cup of grated cheese, such as Grana Padano or Romano, 5 minutes before roasting time is up. Stir in, and roast for the remaining time.

Contributed by Nicole H., of HIC

Baked Squash with Anjou Pears

Baked Squash with Anjou Pears

Baked Squash with Anjou Pears

Baked squash with fresh picked Anjou pears – a perfect combination to welcome autumn’s arrival.

Winter squash is at it’s peak in markets around the country in late summer and early fall; this is the perfect time of year to incorporate this nutrient rich, delicious vegetable into your menu.  It can be incredibly versatile – perfect in sweet pies, savory side dishes, as a hearty salad topping, even used as a bowl for fall soups. We feature the winter squash varietal known as carnival squash in this post, beautifully colored in shades of gold, orange, and green, eye catching with it’s stripes and spots.  The meat inside is yellow and sweet, tasting a bit buttery and nutty when cooked. When picking out a winter squash, look for one free of moldy spots, and a hard, not tender skin.

Carnival Squash and Anjou Pear

Autumn’s Bounty – Carnival Squash and Anjou Pear

While perusing a local farmer’s market, we picked up fresh Anjou pears too – sweet, with a firmer texture than a Bartlett, which makes them a superior choice for cooking.

Baked Squash with Anjou Pear Recipe

Ingredients

1 carnival squash
3 Tbls butter
3 Tbls brown sugar
1 Anjou pear

Tools

Silpat baking mat (optional, but ideal for easily transferring baked squash wreaths to serving dishes)
Baking pan
Small pitcher to drizzle melted butter
Knife
Hard edged scraper or spatuala to remove squash seeds and distribute brown sugar

Step-by-Step Instructions

carnivalsquash

Carnival Squash

Remove top and bottom ½ inch from carnival squash. Slice remaining squash horizontally, into 3/4 inch thick slices. Remove seeds with a hard edge scraper. Place on baking sheet; using a Silpat mat is ideal to enable the squash wreaths to lift easily after baking, but you can make this dish without as Silpat too.

CarnivalSquashSliced

Sliced Carnival Squash on Silpat Baking Mat, Seeds Removed with Silicone Scraper Pictured

Slice and remove the core and seeds from the Anjou pear. Chop remaining slices into 1 inch pieces.

Carnival Squash Rounds Filled with Anjou Pear

Carnival Squash Rounds Filled with Anjou Pear

Fill each carnival squash rounds with chopped pear, and sprinkle with brown sugar.

Brown Sugar Adds a Touch of Sweetness to Anjou Pear Filled Carnival Squash

Brown Sugar Adds a Touch of Sweetness to Anjou Pear Filled Carnival Squash

Drizzle melted butter over the top.

Pour Butter over Squash and Pear Wreaths

Pour Butter over Squash and Pear Wreaths

Please in oven at 350 degrees, for 40 minutes. Serve!

Ideally, use a wide, flat spatula to transfer the squash wreaths to serving plates. 

Carnival Squash and Anjou Pear Wreaths

Carnival Squash and Anjou Pear Wreaths

Contributed by Nicole H., of HIC