When I was a kid, I hated anything vegetables. It was bitter and had this weird green taste that I hated. And then I grew up and realised that mum is right. Vegetables is good for us and we should have more of it. Even the bitter ones.
Many say that brussel sprouts is bitter but I think bitter gourd is even more bitter and I still love it. In some weird way, the bitterness is highly addictive. Brussel sprouts is quite bitter but then it gives us an excuse to add loads of yummy stuff to it to make it better. I recently spotted brussel sprouts sold on the stalk at Eveleigh Farmers market. They look like green rosebuds from a distance. I got to pick them off the stalk and bag it. If you hate bitter, then avoid the smaller ones.
You can turn the humble brussel sprouts into something quite moorish and it is easy to make this for one which I did.
I bought this beautiful piece of Gorgonzola from Ocello in Surry Hills. It is not quite as stinky but had a nice and creamy texture and bite to it. I thought it will work well with the dish. No harm trying and I was happy to be my own guinea pig.
This is cooking for one. I was feeling peckish and can’t remember where Mister was. But I did make another when he got home.
Recipe for one. Just tweak it accordingly.
- 1 smoked bacon, diced
- 4 brussel sprouts, halved
- Knobs of Gorgonzola
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Pre-heat oven to 180C. Heat up some olive oil in a heavy bottom small pan on medium heat. Fry off the diced bacon until crispy. Set aside on paper towel
- Add the halved brussel sprouts face down (still on medium heat) for between a minute to two. The bottom should be nice and crispy
- Add the crispy bacon back in the pan. Spread it around and then chuck into the pre-heated oven for about 8 mins
- Remove the pan after 8 mins. Add the knobs of Gorgonzola around the pan and then place it back to the oven for another minute
- Remove and eat!
I ate it straight out from the oven. Just have to be careful not to burn your tongue. You can choose to add it to a piece of thin toast or just eat it on its own. It will definitely work as a side dish. Quick, simple and super delicious way to eat brussel sprouts. Do yourself a favour and give it another go.