Twists on tradition can be awesome-face or awful. Spiderman re-interpreted as a luchador by my friend’s bilingual Spanish-English toddler. Yes. Captain America costume worn by my friend’s African American son. Heck-yeah!
What are some nos? Unseasoned tilapia prepared without love and served microwaved on a dull ceramic plate as a gluten-free dish. Re-baked, real sugar, Halloween cookie dough served to diabetics as Thanksgiving dessert.
Do you want to take a culinary dare that is a sure crowd-pleaser? I give you brussel sprouts. Why is this daring? If you’ve watched Alton Brown’s warnings about this cruciferous cousin of broccoli, you know that water methods of cooking will raise a stink literally. So wash these spheres, dry them with a clean kitchen towel and break out a small sharp knife.
Cut these rollies into hemispheres. Heat up a non-stick fry pan with canola oil. If you purchase a package of brussel sprouts, cook the contents in 3 batches. If you crowd them, you’ll create too much moisture and release the terrible genie, water!
1. Stir fry the hemispheres in canola oil. Let them char a little. Add a pinch of salt and Gomasio seasoning.
2. Add a drizzle of pomegranate balsamic vinegar. Do not add enough to pool or your veggies will turn skunk-like. Repeat to yourself: dry fry!
3. Lastly, for sweetness to the salty-sour-pleasantly-bitter combo, add a toddler’s handful of pomegranate-infused dried cranberries.
Done in 3 minutes per batch. When bringing this to a gathering reheat in the oven rather than microwave. Otherwise, it will increase moisture and release the fart-scented genie.
Here’s the result! I bought my Gomasio at a Batchmade festival in the Valencia district of San Francisco, when I was on assignment to cover Forage SF’s fish cleaning workshop.
|Photo Credit: SGL Media Thanksgiving Brussel Sprouts Seasoned with Gomasio by Spice Child|
Don’t be surprised when Captain America and Spiderman ask mom for seconds on this superhero healthy and delicious side. Visually appealing! Snack-food flavors without the guilt! Think of how you fiend for kale chips. Great to eat without utensils!
Happy Thanksgiving to SGL friends! Special thanks to Captain Erin Hammack for introducing me to her apple, bacon roasted brussel sprouts some years back!