Sunday, May 10, 2009

Baked Brussels Sprouts (Serves 2)

- (A little twist to this wonderful Italian preparation)

1 10oz (284g) pack of brussels sprouts from the grocery store
4 cloves garlic smashed and cut into medium sized pieces
Salt and pepper as per taste
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp red chilli powder

Clean the brussels sprouts, drain the water and cut into 4 pieces from the top ( or 2 if the sprouts are small in size). Place them in a baking pan/tray. Crush the garlic cloves and cut them into medium sized pieces. Add the cut garlic to the sprouts. Add salt, crushed black pepper, coriander powder, red chilli powder, and extra virgin olive oil to the sprouts and garlic, and mix everything lightly. Let it stay for 5 minutes as you pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the pan in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes by which time the brussel sprouts are completely cooked, and nicely roasted and crisp. Serve hot.

Although I love the way this dish is prepared just with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, I just wanted to twist it around a bit and see what the result was. I have to tell you that the coriander adds nice flavor to the dish and there is a nice spicy kick to it from the chilli powder. You can find coriander powder and red chilli powder at the local grocery store.

Health Rating: High

Ingredient Substitute/s: You can substitute the red chilli powder with cayenne pepper if you prefer.