Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts and a crazy new corkscrew

One of my all time favorite vegetables is the brussels sprout. Why? Two very scientific reasons.
1. Even if you only eat one, they're still plural.
2. I feel like a big happy giant eating a field of cabbages.

Anyway, I never blog about brussels sprouts because 99.9% of the time, I just boil the frozen sprouts, drop a dollop of butter on them, and eat it. Would you believe that before today, I've actually never had a fresh sprout? They were on sale today (don't think they're local at this time of year, though...) and I bought a stalk.

Look at the Christmas colors! Red house, green sprouts. It's not terribly warm out, but 50 and sunny is nothing to scoff at.
While at Trader Joe's (actually the reason I went there in the first place) I bought some bottles of wine. Tavo got this great new "CorkPop" for Christmas and I was curious.

I took a very excellent video that will define my career as a cinematographer...or not :P

Here is what it looks like in a nice, still photo.

and you just unscrew and the cork is out. Awesome!

Back to the brussels--I made a quick marinade of "spicy mustard" (pretty much any kind will do here) and rice vinegar. I chose rice because it tends to have a bit of sweetness--I'm sure you could sub a different type with equally good results. Salt and pepper, too.

Rinse, halve, and toss in marinade.
Roast in 400F oven for 18-20 minutes, flip, and roast for another 7 minutes or so.

I drizzled some extra marinade on top. Great little side dish, but needs to be served right away when they're hot.
Happy New Year!


doggybloggy said...

nice sprouts - cool wine thing and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Jenn said...

Yummy sprout. That cork popper thing looks a bit scary at first glance. Like on of those sci-fi gadgets. hahaha...But it does look cool and safer to use than the traditional corkscrew.

Happy New Year!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've never had brussel spourts, but I would eat them if I could feel like a big happy giant.

Anette said...

That's a new way of serving sprouts! Sprouts is a Christmas vegetable here in Norway, loved or hated!
Have a Happy New Year!!

buffalodick said...

I saw the Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, Minn once... and that's the nicest thing I have to say about Brussel Sprouts! Happy New Year, you two!

Marjie said...

That's a great idea for dressing up your veggies! Happy New Year to both of you!

Cynthia said...

Happy New Year my favourite couple!

Sprocket said...

dang that jazz looks good

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope ya'll had a great holiday!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I'm a sprout lover and can't wait to try this!

Happy New Year to you both! Wishing all the best to you.

Maggie said...

Yum! Mustard and sprouts sound great together.

~~louise~~ said...

I adore roasted brussels sprouts! I may just grown some this year. They are so easy to grow and look cool too!!! Your recipe is a nice change from garlic and oil. Thanks for sharing...cool corkscew especially since it actually works!!!