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Brussels Sprouts ~ Sherry Bacon Cream Sauce

Unfortunately, not everyone likes Brussels sprouts. The sprouts in this recipe (from allrecipes) are placed in a brine for an hour prior to cooking. This reduced the bitterness and seemed to produce beautiful, crispy little cabbages. Timing is everything in this recipe. You will have about 10 minutes from the time that you add the garlic until the Brussels sprouts should be added to the cream sauce. If your sauce gets ahead of you, remove it from the stove top momentarily prior to adding the garlic, sherry, and cream.
(4 Servings)
1 tablespoon salt
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 slices bacon, chopped

1 shallot, chopped

7 cremini mushrooms, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup cream sherry
1/2 cup heavy cream
1. Put Brussels sprouts in a bowl and cover with water. Dissolve salt in water and soak for 1 hour. Drain off the water, and toss the sprouts in olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper to coat thoroughly.
2. Preheat oven to 475 F. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to brown at the edges, 5 to 8 minutes
3. Put the Brussels sprouts, cut sides down, onto a baking sheet, and bake in the preheated oven until the sprouts are browned, about 15 minutes.
4. Reduce heat to medium; stir in the shallot and mushrooms, then cook until the shallots turn translucent, about 5 more minutes. Sprinkle in the garlic, and cook 1 minute, then stir in the sherry and cream until well combined. Bring the mixture to a boil, and stir until reduced by half. The thickened sauce should coat the back of a spoon.
5. Transfer the browned sprouts to the sauce, toss to coat, and season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Sauteed Grilled Portobello Mushrooms



It’s probably time that I admitted that I am a terribly picky eater. I probably eat only about 5% of the dishes that I prepare. That being said, it should be no surprise that I don’t like mushrooms . . . but I love, love, love to cook with them! This recipe (from allrecipes.com) is really lovely. The mushrooms are grilled first, and then sautéed with shallots and white wine until reduced. I think that roasting the mushrooms in the oven would be as effective if grilling is not convenient. These mushrooms would be wonderful as either a small plate or a side. The best part was the aroma that filled my house while it was cooking.

(4 Servings)


4 Portobello mushroom caps
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 cup white wine
1. Rub mushrooms with olive oil and place on a grill over high heat, smooth side up. Grill until they start to soften, about 10 minutes. Turn over, and grill on the other side for about 5 minutes. Remove mushrooms from grill and slice.
2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot, and saute for a few minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Add mushrooms to the skillet, and increase the heat to high. Cook for about a minute, then pour in the wine. Continue to cook and stirring to deglaze until the wine is nearly evaporated. Remove from heat, and serve.