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Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 24th, 2017, 10:29 am

We have the sprout with Stilton thread, and I know they are sometimes combined with chestnuts, do you have any other favourite combinations?

I prefer them simply steamed with the little knobbly end cut off first, no cross.

It seems TV chefs are always trying to spark up people's interest in sprouts by adding other things. My opinion is why mess with perfection, but that's not to say that I wouldn't try something else for a change...
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » December 24th, 2017, 11:07 am

Sprouts are one of my favourite veg and I love them just boiled au naturel. In M&S , I picked up this week a ready made sprout dish, where they were halved and baked in cream, then topped with a breadcrumb and hazelnut topping . Would have been perfectly fine as a veggie main and the hazelnuts worked really well with the sprouts
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Suelle » December 24th, 2017, 11:32 am

I sometimes add chestnuts - although they have to be fairly finely chopped - but I'm just as happy with sprouts rolled in melted salted butter and black pepper.

I don't fancy this year's trend for sprouts roasted until they are blackened!
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby StokeySue » December 24th, 2017, 12:22 pm

I do sprouts + pancetta and / or chestnuts sometimes though generally plain with a hint of butter and a scrape of nutmeg

The trouble with all the cheffy treatments, which I am sure are delicious, is they usually start by shredding the sprouts
A. A complete faff
B. Surely the USP of a sprout is that it's a cute little mouthful? :?
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Seatallan » December 24th, 2017, 12:51 pm

I love them shredded and stir-fried with garlic, a bit of salt & pepper and some crushed juniper (indeed, we're having them that way tonight to accompany some roast quail). With Xmas dinner I prefer them just steamed with a wee bit of butter. I like them with chestnuts and with pancetta but generally not with Xmas dinner- already so much going on that it seems like overkill.
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Seatallan » December 24th, 2017, 12:52 pm

I like them shredded and stir-fried with some crushed garlic, salt, pepper and crushed juniper berries. Indeed, we're having them that way tonight alongside some roast quail. On Xmas day I prefer them just steamed with a wee bit of butter. I like them with pancetta and chestnuts but generally not with Xmas dinner- there's already so much going on that it feels like overkill.
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby MagicMarmite » December 24th, 2017, 2:03 pm

Sprouts must have crosses in the bottom, plain boiled and be very soft, it's the law.
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Ratatouille » December 24th, 2017, 4:47 pm

MagicMarmite wrote:Sprouts must have crosses in the bottom, plain boiled and be very soft, it's the law.


Total myth I'm afraid. Also the varieties being grown these days are sweeter to taste and don't need to be frosted to make them taste good.

I'm going to sound like a cheerleader for the Sprout Growers Association but, while they are delicious sreamed and served whole with a bit of butter, the are equally good raw, shredded in a sald, with smoked bacon in a soup, shreded and stir fried with whatever you fancy and as a heavenly puree with cream, butter and nutmeg.
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Hope » December 24th, 2017, 5:27 pm

I love sprouts. I put them in all sorts of things. They are great in curries.

But they are yet another thing that doesn't like me, so I can only eat 2 or 3. We're just having them plain steamed. Soft, but still a tiny bit firm still in the middle, but not too firm and not too soft, preferably (although I can't guarantee they will be like that tomorrow!)
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby MagicMarmite » December 24th, 2017, 6:04 pm

Ratatouille, it's not a myth, it's my family tradition.
You could get me the sweetest sprouts in the world and we'd still do it.
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Herbidacious » December 24th, 2017, 6:18 pm

I have stir fried baby ones in walnut oil.

Not having them tomorrow as my mother doesn't like them (it turns out. Another of those things we always had because Daddy liked them.)
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby earthmaiden » December 24th, 2017, 7:27 pm

I have never managed the slicing and frying with chestnuts and bacon successfully. I don't know what I do wrong but they just don't seem to meld together and are very much Sprouts. Bacon. Chestnuts. Never mind, I like them as they come, especially with a meat and two veg kind of meal or added to cheese sauce. My grandmother used to sprinkle leftover sprouts cold with ground nuts sprinkled on them and they were lovely. I have tried to recreate the same in recent years but they are not the same!
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Catherine » December 24th, 2017, 8:00 pm

I'm with you Tezza. I adore Brussels Sprouts and prefer them simply boiled or steamed. NO CROSS. But I do like them pimped up too. Sprouts with chestnuts and bacon are a delicious thing, and they are fab in bubble and squeak. My dog loves them too and will happily eat the raw
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 25th, 2017, 7:57 am

My Sister will be cooking dinner today and isn't one to experiment with her cooking so I guess they will be simply cooked.

I really don't like watching sprouts being shredded and eaten as a slaw type dish. It does not appeal to me one bit. I did see them being cooked yesterday on Food Network with cream and bacon and they made my belly rumble. I'll try to jazz them up one day I am sure but today with just a dollop of gravy will do me fine. :hungry:
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby aero280 » December 25th, 2017, 8:23 am

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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 25th, 2017, 10:49 am

Roasting them sounds very interesting!
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby karadekoolaid » December 25th, 2017, 9:38 pm

Sprouts are delicious, however you prepare them. Just as they are, with butter. Tossed with butter and bacon. Mixed with butter, bacon and walnuts. With a splash of maple syrup. With chestnuts. I've even tried them with lime juice and freshly chopped green chiles.
But the very best is the following day: Brussels and Squeak for breakfast :lol: :lol:
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby aero280 » December 25th, 2017, 9:59 pm

I persuaded OH to roast the sprouts today. They were almost edible, to the point that I ate all mine, instead of eating one token one and leaving the rest.
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Rocky » December 26th, 2017, 3:13 am

Brussels roasted with bacon until 'done' but not crispy - utterly utterly delicious!
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 26th, 2017, 6:43 am

Our sprouts were simply boiled yesterday in a cauldron with broccoli, cauliflower and peas. They were all thrown in at the same time so by the time the sprouts were (over) done, the broccoli and cauliflower were well and truly done. They should have been dropped into the pot in stages but my sister has the smallest kitchen on the planet so prep space was limited. I am not complaining at all. I was dishing up so fished out as many sprouts for me as I could (my lot not too keen), ate the lot and went back for seconds. I have had to share a double bed with my Mum and happy to say the effects have not yet taken a hold..... :lol:

I have two bags of ready prepared sprouts at home and will try them roasted tonight. I can't get enough of them! :hungry:
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Ratatouille » December 26th, 2017, 1:21 pm

karadekoolaid wrote:Sprouts are delicious, however you prepare them. Just as they are, with butter. Tossed with butter and bacon. Mixed with butter, bacon and walnuts. With a splash of maple syrup. With chestnuts. I've even tried them with lime juice and freshly chopped green chiles.
But the very best is the following day: Brussels and Squeak for breakfast :lol: :lol:


With a fried egg on top :chops:
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Seatallan » December 26th, 2017, 1:48 pm

Ratatouille wrote:With a fried egg on top :chops:


And some really good sausages on the side. :chops: :hungry:
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby StokeySue » December 26th, 2017, 4:28 pm

Seatallan wrote:
Ratatouille wrote:With a fried egg on top :chops:


And some really good sausages on the side. :chops: :hungry:

Today bubble, egg, sliced gammon, homemade tomato chutney :hungry:
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 26th, 2017, 4:50 pm

Seatallan wrote:
Ratatouille wrote:With a fried egg on top :chops:


And some really good sausages on the side. :chops: :hungry:


That sounds gorgeous! Especially as I have all of those things in! :chops:
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 27th, 2017, 7:05 pm

I roasted sprouts today in a little oil, seasoning, chilli flakes and peeled garlic cloves. Sublime! I ate them with a veggie sausage, a fried egg and chop sauce and thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful. :chops:
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Catherine » December 27th, 2017, 9:58 pm

I just had to google what chop sauce was
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Zosherooney » December 27th, 2017, 10:50 pm

So, unless I am misunderstanding this..... Brown sauce and chop sauce are the same ?????
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Catherine » December 27th, 2017, 11:06 pm

Zosherooney wrote:So, unless I am misunderstanding this..... Brown sauce and chop sauce are the same ?????


Well that is the conclusion I came to. I've seriously never heard of it before
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 28th, 2017, 12:39 am

I had never heard of chop sauce either until my Dad recently bought me some from a shop up in the Midlands where he lives. There's no such thing on sale in my neck of the woods, but yes, it tastes like brown sauce, or Daddies as I have always called it.

Whatever you call it.... :chops: :chops: :hungry: :hungry: :luv: :luv:
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Catherine » December 28th, 2017, 2:46 am

Great minds think alike.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... -up-recipe

Have to say I've never been keen on the brown stuff whether that be brown sauce, Daddies or HP
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Zosherooney » December 28th, 2017, 7:03 am

Very interesting.....

I don't know if you came across this whilst on your travels....https://dawesindoors.wordpress.com/2014 ... t-history/

I have made my own version of brown sauce in the past and it is along similar lines.
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby StokeySue » December 28th, 2017, 9:37 am

Hammond's Chop Sauce, brown sauce (HP, OK, Daddies) and US A1 Steak sauce allmuch of a muchness
There's a Japanese version too which I don't like
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 28th, 2017, 9:40 am

I have also made a similar recipe with apples, prunes, onions, spices etc and it is a delight. Nothing like the shop bought stuff.
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Ratatouille » December 28th, 2017, 10:17 am

Sprout bubble and squeak for us for lunch - with fried egg of course.
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Pepper Pig » December 28th, 2017, 10:55 am

My daughter roasted them for Christmas dinner. I love sprouts but it was a step to far for me. I like mine a bit crunchy. :sprout:
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby StokeySue » December 28th, 2017, 11:00 am

I suppose I will have to try roasting them, but the idea of roasting any green leafy veg seems iffy
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Catherine » December 28th, 2017, 1:37 pm

StokeySue wrote:I suppose I will have to try roasting them, but the idea of roasting any green leafy veg seems iffy


This might be a step too far then

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/bur ... ate-sesame
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 1st, 2018, 9:37 am

I cooked sprouts yesterday; finely sliced them, then added to sautéed sliced shallots and pancetta and stir fried :chef: I know, nothing new, but it was to me and I loved them :chops: my digestive system didn't though :( :rolleyes: I was quite uncomfortable in the early hours :sprout:
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby TeresaFoodie » January 1st, 2018, 11:29 am

They sound nice Patsy, apart from the after effects!
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Catherine » January 1st, 2018, 8:53 pm

Tezza give the sprout and pomegranate salad a go. We really like it, including the kids, but they love both sprouts and pomegranate anyway
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby TeresaFoodie » January 1st, 2018, 9:01 pm

Catherine wrote:Tezza give the sprout and pomegranate salad a go. We really like it, including the ids, but they love both sprouts and pomegranate anyway


In my favourites now. I will be on a mission on Wednesday to update my spice cupboard with a couple of things and some aubergine pickle and notice they have a display absolutely groaning with pomegranates. I'll report back. Will definitely be making it.
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Re: Do you mess about with the humble sprout?

Postby Catherine » January 10th, 2018, 3:59 am

....and here's what to do with the rest of them

https://www.riverford.co.uk/recipes/search/index/
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