As master gardeners, we really dig a good reason to gather around the table. When delicious, garden-fresh food is involved we’re “all in”. That’s what happened a few weeks ago when we surprised our Raincatcher’s team leader, Lisa Centala, with a ‘bring your favorite dish’ salad buffet for her special birthday.
A tantalizing line up of salad bowls and platters was spread out the length of two 8-foot tables. We didn’t hesitate to fill our plates with the most amazing variety of green salads, vegetable salads, chicken salads and more. Approaching the end of the line were Artichoke Bites, Baguette slices spread with basil cream cheese and Hatch chili biscuits. No restraint was shown as evidenced by plates full of our garden-inspired selections.
One particular dish new to many of us and requested by all was the Zesty Brussels Sprouts. True to its name, the apple cider vinegar combined with sugar and horseradish was soaked up by each little sprout. They had just the right amount of zip to satisfy the palate. Kathey Roberts graciously shared the recipe for everyone to enjoy.
Now is the time to plant Brussels sprouts. With their long maturity date, transplants should be in your garden by October 15th.
Zesty Brussels Sprouts
2 (10-ounce) bags frozen Brussels sprouts or use fresh from your garden or produce isle
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup apple cider vinegar
5 Tablespoons prepared horseradish (not cream of horseradish)
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons dry mustard
Cook the sprouts according to package directions; drain. In a large bowl, mix the sugar, vinegar, horseradish, salt and mustard. Add the sprouts and toss lightly. Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
For more information about Brussel sprouts and a video about their care read here.
By the way, only 6 tickets left for the Apples, Pears, Persimmons and Pomegranates lunch on October 16th. Lecture is free.