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This is a dish my sister asks me to bring to the annual Thanksgiving get together which happens at her daughter’s in Delaware, Ohio. I do not know about you, but both my sisters have a real ‘presence,’ so I do what I am told.
This is what I do:
Middle of October, watch Facebook to see when my favorite farmer’s stand puts Brussels sprouts on the stalk on sale. Then, I go off and buy them. At home I cut the sports off the stalk, divide them into similar sized piles, and give them a rinse let them drain. I cut the larger ones in half. Then I blanch them in well salted boiling water. With the water comes to a boil I get a big ice water bath ready for them in a large mixing bowl. Once there is a good rolling boil, I watch them till they turn a dark green. That normally takes 60 to 75 seconds or so. Then I scoop em out and put them in the ice water bath to stop the cooking process. It normally takes me three blanches. Once cooled, I drain them in a colander. Once drained then go into freezer bags and into my freezer. Then I smile, cuz the hard part is done.
Okay, fast forward to the day before Thanksgiving. I take the sprouts out of the freezer to thaw in my refrigerator.
Thanksgiving morning. I sauté some good bacon … three or four slices or good Canadian bacon in my Dutch oven. Of course I cut the bacon and /or Canadian bacon up into maybe inch pieces before I sauté. I season with a little salt and New Mexico chili powder (you should season with whatever you like … New Mexico chili powder is more about flavor than heat.) I add the Brussel Sprouts before the bacon is fully crisp and sauté them for maybe two minutes. I want them a little under-cooked because they are gonna be reheated at my nieces house. If I were eating at home I would sauté them until just tender. I want texture in my Brussels sprouts.
Are they good? Well, I have never been able to take any back home cuz they all get eaten and I make plenty.
New Mexico Chili powder
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