I don’t say this often or lightly but I hate brussel sprouts. I always have. Brussel sprouts and squash are the only things I don’t like. In saying that, I’ll still eat them, but I don’t enjoy them.
Huh! I showed them!
After discussing brussel sprouts with my husband, I said I didn’t like them, he stopped in his tracks, starred at me and exclaimed that was the first time he has ever heard me say that I didn’t like something. He was shocked at how I could hate something that he had such found memories of eating, coated in butter, cheese or white sauce. I explained that in my family they were served au natural and complimented by their cabbage-like flavours any child it set to love. If something is covered in butter, cheese or white sauce – chances are I am going to enjoy it.
I decided to give brussel sprout another crack. I sat down, pen in hand and created my ‘perfect’ brussel sprout dish – spicy chorizo, sharp parmesan, zesty lemon and nutty chickpeas.
drool. I then decided to invite over some brussel sprout loving friends so they could provide an honest opinion on the dish. I wanted to know if it was good, even if I didn’t like it.
I set out with my shopping list and stumbled upon a delightful discovery in my local Woolworths, Springbrook Valley Organic Chorizo. Made in NSW, with premium pork, no nasties, no preservatives and 100% delicious! You MUST try it. Once home, I got cracking and whipped up my flavour-loaded brussel sprout ‘salad’… and you know what? I loved it!
- 750g of McCain Brussel Sprouts
- 2 Springbrook Valley organic chorizo – sliced into rounds – trust me, you will taste the difference!
- 1 tin of chickpeas – drained and rinsed
- 200g of rocket
- 3 tbs of olive oil
- 1 lemon
- 1 tbs of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp of Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp of honey
- 1 tsp of crushed garlic
- Salt and pepper to season
- Shaved parmesan to serve
- Heat 1 tbs of oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add chorizo and fry, turning for 1 minute or until brown. Add McCain Brussel Sprouts and chickpeas, cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, using a vegetable peeler, peel the rind from the lemon, finely slice and reserve. Juice the lemon and reserve. Add the remaining olive oil, mustard, lemon rind, lemon juice, garlic and honey to a small bowl and mix to combine.
- Remove brussel sprout mix from heat, season with salt and pepper to taste, toss with fresh rocket leaves and dressing. Place salad in a large serving platter and top with grated parmesan cheese.