For many a year, the humble brussels sprout has been ridiculed by the masses as the worlds least popular vegetable. “This isn’t fit for consumption.”, “The smell is horrific!” and “I don’t think I can keep it down!” are just a few phrases commonly associated with this tiny cabbage. But, with Christmas season fast approaching, we at St. Dalfour believe that this tiny green vegetable has been given its bad reputation under false pretences.
Yes, the smell can be sulphurous, and yes it can be a pain having to cut perfect little crosses in their bottoms – but truthfully, when paired with one of our delicious fruit preserves, we think the brussels sprout can rise from the ashes and become your new favourite vegetable this festive season!
Here are some of our favourite flavour combinations using your favourite St. Dalfour Preserves!
Orange & Bacon
The sweetness of the St. Dalfour Thick Cut Orange Preserve is complimented perfectly by the salty bacon. Both ingredients, as well as the brussels sprouts, have accompanied the christmas dining table for many a year so why not combine to create these delicious sweet and savoury side dish!
How to: Gently toss together brussels sprouts, 2 tbsp St. Dalfour Thick Cut Orange Preserve, lemon juice salt and crispy bacon. Place on a baking tray and roast in the centre of your oven for 30 minutes at 170’c.
Black pudding & Chestnuts
Brussels are an inherently earthy vegetable which St. Dalfour’s Chestnut Preserve compliments wonderfully with a sweet yet nutty element to the dish. The salty oils released from the black pudding tread the line between sweet and savoury by providing a richness which will make this side dish the talk of the table!
How to: Gently toss together brussels sprouts, 2 tbsp St. Dalfour Chestnut Preserve, black pepper, 2 tsp honey and the black pudding. Place on a baking tray and roast in the centre of your oven for 30 minutes at 170’c.
The St. Dalfour Wild Blueberry Preserve offers a subtle sweetness to the brussels which provides a perfect balance alongside their natural earthy flavour. Sweet and savoury combinations have become a mainstay around the dinner table at Christmas time, and we strongly believe this Christmassy combination should grace your table for many Christmases to come!
How to: Boil your sprouts for 20 minutes or until soft. Drain and add 2 tbsp of your St. Dalfour Wild Blueberry Preserve. Gently mix together until the preserve is perfectly coating all your brussels sprouts. Simple!