I don't remember ever having Brussels Sprouts when I was a child. They just were not a vegetable that was readily available back then. We basically only had peas and carrots and green beans and sometimes corn. I can remember discovering sprouts as an adult and falling completely and totally in love with them, and with cauliflower and broccoli too. I am a real brassica lover!
I got a huge bag of sprouts in my Christmas Vegetable Box and of course we did not use them all and so I sat here looking at them the other day and thought to myself, I better use them up before they go off and so I thought I would make a sort of gratin with them.
I did a search on line to see if I could find any suggestions and found what looked a lovely recipe on the BBC food web page by Sophie Grigson. I like Sophie's recipes and so I thought I would use it as a basis for what I wanted to do myself . . .
So I loosely followed it, cutting the amounts in half and then using pancetta lardons and more bread crumbs on top and grating the cheese coarser. I also changed the way I put things together and added a bit of butter to the bread crumbs, because I thought it would make them extra tasty . . . and it did.
In any case it was absolutely flippin delicious! It made a fabulous side dish and in all truth I could have quite happily dined on it alone and nothing else! Yes, I do love my sprouts! And when you mix them with bacon, cream and cheese, I love them even more!
*A Gratin of Sprouts & Bacon*Serves 4
2 further tsp melted butter3 TBS coarsely grated Parmesan Cheese
Melt the 2 tsp butter in the skillet and add the bread crumbs. Toss to coat and cook for a few mintues until they begin to crisp up a bit. Remove from the heat and mix together with the Parmesan Cheese. Sprinkle this mixture eveny over top of the sprouts in the gratin dish.
Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Once it is heated place the gratin dish inside and roast the sprouts for 15 to 18 minutes until the cream is all bubbling up and the crumbs are golden brown. Serve hot.