18 December by Eleanor McGillie

Whether you love them or hate them there’s always some alternative way to cook the festive vegetable that is the brussels sprout. Live It Experience It member, Chef Rob Curley from the Slemish Market Supper Club, has provided us with a few alternatives for this seasonal vegetable.

 

Live It Experience It member Chef Rob Curley with gardener Frank McCooke. IMG_0801

Ingredients: 250g chopped brussels sprouts, 3 diced onions, 4 cloves sliced garlic, 100g butter, 300ml vegetable stock

Method:  

  1. Sweat the onions, garlic & brussels sprouts with the butter until soft.
  2. Add the stock and cook for 10 minutes
  3. Blitz using a blender until nice and smooth
  4. Season and serve

Brussels Sprouts Empanada (Serves 4)

Ingredients for Filling: 250g sliced brussels sprouts, 200g cream cheese, 2 cloves diced garlic, 1tbsp chinese five spice

Ingredients for Pastry: 400g self raising flour, 250g lard, 3 eggs, 10g salt, 1tsp vinegar, 50mls water

Method:

  1. Sauté the brussels sprouts and garlic until soft
  2. Stir in chinese five spice and cool
  3. When cold, stir in the cream cheese and season

Pastry

  1. Mix flour, lard and salt together to make a crumble
  2. Beat eggs, vinegar and water and add to the crumble
  3. Thoroughly combine until a dough is formed
  4. Cover and rest the dough for one hour in the fridge
  5. Roll out half the dough and cut into circles
  6. Place a spoonful of the sprout mix in centre of the circle, fold over into a semi circle and crimp until sealed.
  7. Eggwash the empanada
  8. Bake at 180 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes until golden

Sweet Brussels Sprouts Cake

Ingredients: 2 eggs, 125g sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 100ml vegetable oil, 125g self raising flour, 125g grated carrot, 125g Brussels sprouts, 30g mixed nuts, 25g coconut, ½ tsp ginger,    ½ tsp vanilla

Method:

  1. Cream the eggs, sugar and vegetable oil for 5 minutes
  2. Add grated carrots, brussels sprouts and the remainder of ingredients
  3. Mix well and add to a well greased and lined loaf or cake tin
  4. Bake at 180 degrees for 40 – 50 minutes until cooked

 

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Eleanor McGillie

About Eleanor McGillie

Eleanor spent eight years working in the south west of England - one of the UK's most popular tourism hotspots. During her stint working with key players in the tourism sector she developed a love for all things outdoor adventure. As a journalist she got to travel to remote corners of the world to write travel features about the experiences of a particular place. Northern Ireland's story needs to be told and needs to reach new audiences. Live It Experience It aims to attract tourists from outside Ireland, people from Ireland and people who live in Northern Ireland but aren't aware of the extent of the adventures on our own doorsteps.