Mean Green Brussels


Mean Green Brussels

For some reason that I have yet to identify, Brussels sprouts have earned themselves a bad rap.  Maybe it’s the commonly held assumption that vegetables and similar foods that are good for you must taste horrible.  But rest assured, while these sprouts may indeed be healthy, they are also delicious. 

This recipe will please even the pickiest eater, all while providing an incredible amount of Vitamin C, something you will need to boost your immune system in the middle of cold and flu season.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil

  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

  • Bacon, cooked and sliced thin (optional)

Pesto 

  • 1/2 cup toasted pistachios

  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

  • 3 cloves roasted garlic

  • 2 sprigs fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

  • 1/2 cups olive oil

  • Sea salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. ‍Place the pistachios, garlic and parsley into a food processor and process until very finely chopped.

  2. While the food processor is running, slowly drizzle in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.

  3. Spoon out the pesto into a bowl and stir in remaining olive oil and raisins. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. The pesto should be slightly sweet and salty.

  4. Toss the brussels and pesto (as well as the bacon if using) together in a large bowl and serve warm.