Fennel Sausage Skillet

 

While stalking the Bountiful Baskets Facebook page this weekend, I noticed we have some clear lines drawn when it comes to fennel:

1) People who like it and are armed with scrumptious recipe ideas
2) People who weren’t familiar at all with it (what is this leafy, green, dill-looking, celery looking thing?)
3) People who gave their fennel away because they don’t like black licorice

The good news is you don’t have to be number three. Just because you (like me) don’t like black licorice doesn’t mean you won’t like fennel. I adore it and once it is cooked, it doesn’t have a hint of black licorice or I’d give it away at pickup. This recipe is so comforting and cooks up in one pan. I think you’ll find this recipe is a delicious way to move yourself up to number one. Continue reading “Fennel Sausage Skillet”

Grilled Brussel Sprout and Broccoflower Pizza

 

Brussel sprouts! I have been waiting for them so I could make pizza! I know it’s sounds odd, but really good. My husband who doesn’t like them much actually likes the pizza! I also had a head of broccoflower, which we like roasted and then covered in buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles. As long as I was making one pizza I decided to make a second one using the buffalo broccoflower.

I always make my dough from scratch, I love the feel and smell of fresh dough. We didn’t want to heat up the house, so we fired up the gas grill instead. The temperature needs to be about 375-400 degrees F. Roll out your crust to a size you are comfortable handling on the grill. (we often do individual sized crusts) Brush the crust with a little olive oil and place it oiled side down, close lid and wait 2-3 minutes, open lid, with long tongs carefully flip the crust over and cook another 2 minutes. Pull them off the grill and onto a baking sheet.
Add sauce and toppings, then back on to the grill, close lid and cook 2-3 minutes or til cheese melts. The crust will be dark and crisp. Carefully remove them with tongs and grill safe spatula (we found a giant grill spatula; see photo) to a baking sheet or cutting board, cut and enjoy!

My husband made the grand declaration, “This is looking a little healthy for pizza!” and then he ate three slices of each! Yay! Score for me, he ate two green veggies in one meal and liked it!

Grilled Brussel Sprout Pizza

Grilled Brussel Sprout Pizza

Ingredients

    Grilled Brussel Sprout Pizza
  • One grilled 12 inch crust (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound brussel sprouts, shredded
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl place shredded brussel sprouts, and 1 Tbsp. Olive oil, 1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to evenly coat.
  2. Place the grilled crust on a baking sheet, evenly spread the cheddar cheese on crust.
  3. Add the brussel sprouts, bacon and feta cheese.
  4. Slide pizza onto a hot grill, close lid and wait 2-5 minutes until brussel sprouts wilt.
  5. Remove by sliding to a baking sheet using tongs and or grill safe spatula.

Grilled Buffalo Broccoflower Pizza

Grilled Buffalo Broccoflower Pizza

Ingredients

    Grilled Buffalo Broccoflower Pizza
  • One grilled 12 inch crust (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/2 head of broccoflower, in bite size pieces steamed or blanched to soften slightly
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Place grilled crust on a baking sheet, drizzle or brush grilled crust with buffalo sauce.
  2. In a small bowl place drained broccoflower, pour remaining sauce over it and toss to coat.
  3. Evenly place broccoflower on the crust, add celery and blue cheese crumbles.
  4. Slide pizza onto a hot grill, close lid and wait 2-5 minutes until cheese begins to melt.
  5. Remove by sliding to a baking sheet using tongs and or grill safe spatula.

 

No Soup For You!

I have been wanting to eat Brussels Sprouts in a soup and I wanted to find a way to have them in without it being the main attention getter. You may not believe me this when I tell you but…Brussels Sprouts have a bad rap. I get it; they are tiny cabbage looking things and they smell funny while you cook them with an equally strong taste! But I have found that once I got past the obvious reasons for thinking I shouldn’t like them and gave them a shot I fell in love with the tiny cabbage looking thing with a funny smell! Continue reading “No Soup For You!”

How to (Deliciously) Burn Brussel Sprouts


It is only because of bountiful baskets that I discovered my adoration of brussel sprouts. I don’t think I ever tried them before but assumed I wouldn’t like them. They really get a bad rap. However as soon as I roasted them, I was in love. Continue reading “How to (Deliciously) Burn Brussel Sprouts”

Stir fry Spaghetti Squash

Stir Fried Spaghetti Squash

I  love spaghetti squash!  It is one of the most versatile vegetables to use for dinner.  I like to think of it as a surprise inside the bright yellow outer shell.  When baked the inside is filled with hot, steaming strands of yellow squash that are a great substitute for pasta.  We usually have it as a spaghetti for dinner one evening and the leftover is used in a stir fry.  I try to use lots of the vegetables from our Bountiful Basket in the stir fry.  I hope you will enjoy this recipe!
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Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Feta

We kids feared many things in those days

– werewolves, dentists, North Koreans, Sunday School

– but they all paled in comparison

with Brussels sprouts

                                                                                   -Dave Barry

Forget everything you know, or think you know about Brussels sprouts. One bite of these delectable little beauties will have you singing a new tune.

I have always loved Brussels sprouts, except for a short time when my older brother Mike told me that since Cabbage Patch Kids came from cabbages and Brussels sprouts are essential mini cabbages then Cabbage Patch Kids Preemies must come from Brussels sprouts. It only took one tear filled dinner to quickly dispel that myth. Continue reading “Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Feta”

Sweet Brussels Sprout Bacon Bake


Not going to lie….This sounds hideous (this coming from my cousin who I love for telling it like it is), even for a non picky eater which I can claim to be these days! 😉 But something about it is just darn good! What is it about this that makes it good when everything thing screams THOSE FOODS DON’T GO TOGETHER!!!! Continue reading “Sweet Brussels Sprout Bacon Bake”

Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan Frittata

My chickens have an incredible ability to produce more eggs than we can eat at breakfast, so we are constantly on the lookout for dinner recipes that have the ability to use a ton of eggs!  This recipe fits the bill, and could only perhaps be improved by a smidge of bacon being added at the beginning.
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Brussels Sprouts with Onion, Bacon, & Figs

Serves 1
Yes, 1! No way you say! Trust me, you will NOT want to share!

OK, if you have to share, figure on ~1/2 cup per person. Or ~ 8-16 servings depending on the size of produce.

FYI: This is AWESOME reheated the next day!!!

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