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Friday Favorite: Brussels Sprouts

November 2nd, 2018

I used to try to grow Brussels Sprouts and never managed to do a good job of it, until a few years ago. Now we always have a nice harvest to eat during November & December. Brussels are great because they can take the cold. They will patiently sit by, coming through the coldest nights with perfect poise, waiting for all other vegetables to be exhausted. Just when all other vegetables are a distant memory, brussels are ready to eat with glorious abandon, which we do for a month.

They will keep for longer in the root cellar, but we enjoy them most within a month of harvest. This year I have 8 nice stalks to enjoy. For the most part, we eat them for breakfast, with onions, balsamic vinegar, bacon, and fried eggs on the side. It’s a hearty way to start a dark, cold day.

Do you like Brussels Sprouts? What’s your favorite way to enjoy them?

The End of the Season

November 24th, 2017

Last weekend I harvested the rest of the brussels sprouts from the garden. This year, I both grew ‘Churchill’ and ‘Diablo’. (I got my seed from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, a great local seed source for me here in Maine).

‘Diablo’ came out way ahead, it’s a much better variety for my garden. I like the sprouts much better as well, they’re tight sprouts and are more evenly sized. I also found that they had fewer issues with late aphids. If the plants were attacked, the sprouts are easily rinsed off and eaten since they’re so tight. It also held better in the field, without sprouts becoming overgrown and huge. Cold tolerance is also a big bonus for this variety, we regularly had temperatures in the teens and it didn’t mind at all.

The stalks will be left in the garage for a few weeks, then any remaining will be moved to the basement. Most likely, they won’t last long. We’re big fans of Brussels sprouts, our favorite way to eat them is with a balsamic cream sauce, which we had at a local restaurant. Lucky for us, the restaurant chef published a cookbook and it contains the recipe. If you’re interested, see the ‘Brussels Sprouts; The Disregarded Vegetable’ in Comfort Food. I’ll try to share the recipe in December sometime.

Are you a fan of Brussels sprouts? What’s your favorite way to cook them?

Book referenced above, every recipe I’ve tried has been fantastic, which is not a surprise since it’s my favorite restaurant.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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