Trish Deseine’s Crunchy Brussel Sprouts

A great little recipe for using up CHRISTMAS LEFTOVERS or cooking from scratch …

Crunchy Brussel sprouts with soy, sesame, lime and ginger dipping sauce

Slowly but surely, sprouts are coming in from the cold. Horrific soggy sprouts memories of Christmases past are giving way to altogether more creative and open-minded ways of enjoying them. Personally, as with all brassicas, I think they are delicious with ‘Asian’ flavours, particularly soy and ginger. So here’s a great little recipe for using up the leftovers or cooking from scratch.

For around 20 sprouts 

20 minutes preparation

15 minutes roasting

20 cooked or raw (topped) Brussel sprouts

3 or 4 tablespoons Panko crumbs

2 tablespoons grated parmesan

Salt and pepper

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 or 3 tablespoons flour

For the sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

If the sprouts are raw, steam or boil them until they are cooked but still a little firm in the centre and leave them to cool slightly. If you are using leftovers from the fridge, let them come up to room temperature before cooking.

Pre heat the oven to 180ºC.

Spread the flour on one plate, the parmesan and panko in another. Prepare a baking sheet lined with foil or a silicone baking mat.

Dip each sprout first in flour, then in egg, then roll it in the panko/parmesan mixture, pressing down lightly until covered and set on the sheet. This is messy! You’ll need to rinse off your sticky fingers from time to time.

When all the sprouts are coated, season lightly, roast them for around 15 minutes, giving them a shake after 7 or 8 minutes. Keep an eye on them as oven temperatures differ so much.

Whisk the sauce ingredients together and serve with the hot sprouts.


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