Ah, sprouts. Gwan, you love them really. If you’ve never grown them before then they are super-easy to grow from seed, but it’s a good idea to protect them from the dreaded cabbage white butterflies whose caterpillars will destroy your entire crop in 3 minutes and 47 seconds. This time of year, the crop is ready to eat and so it’s time to figure out what to do with all these sprouts I’ve got.
Now, I don’t always do recipes unless I’m baking or making jam or something where you actually need to get the amounts right, so there’s not much detail here. But hopefully it’ll give you some ideas of what to do with your sprout harvest. Apologies for the rubbish photos- I assure you these all looked a lot more appetising in real life. Try them if you don’t believe me!
Honey mustard glazed
My husband loves these, and he HATES sprouts.
If you’re in a rush then try this one. Boil or steam some sprouts (make sure they don’t go mushy!). Melt a little honey with hot water and mix in some wholegrain mustard. Then glaze the sprouts and serve up with your Christmas dinner. Even the sprout haters love this one.
Winter Veg Madras
Winter veg madras. Open the windows- I’m not kidding.
Cold from gardening in January? Warm your cockles with a spicy Madras. Also if your digestive tract has ground to a halt from too much sugar at Christmas, this’ll see you reet. TMI? This is a great recipe for using up Christmas leftovers, and you could add some turkey if you’ve got some of that knocking around. Maybe. I dunno, I’m a veggie. Would turkey work in this recipe? Let me know!
Sprout stir fry
Because you can stir fry any veg. A honey, soy and ginger sauce adds a bit of sweetness to counteract the bitter flavour of the sprouts. I sliced the sprouts up pretty thinly for this one. You could serve it with rice, but noodles are better because they just are.
Maple roasted with parsnips
Maple roasted sprouts and parsnips.
I was underwhelmed by these, to be honest. I roasted them whole, because look how titchy they are, but you could slice bigger sprouts in half. Although I wouldn’t bother, the other ways of serving sprouts are all better than this one.
I meant to post this weeks ago, hence the belated Christmas references.