Q: What do you get if you cross a Brussels sprout with kale?
A: A flower sprout!
Okay, it’s not the funniest joke you will hear today. But it is the best news for sprout haters like me. This year I really discovered kale, and even got the kids to like it when crisped up in the oven, so Flower Sprouts are a welcome addition to our Christmas dinner this year. Available from November to March at M&S, Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl and shortly in Sainsburys and Asda
Just 100g of Flower Sprouts contains double the B6 and twice the Vitamin C of Brussels sprouts; great for keeping mental function and mood high and maintaing the immune system.
You can roast them, sauté them, grill them or use as nutty flavoured salad leaves. I went for roasting them as part of a Christmas dinner, and then sautéing them in my favourite Feta and Spinach, now Feta and Flower Sprout Fritatta, and finally as a salad accompaniment with grilled mushrooms and halloumi.
I really like the look and the taste of them, much more like kale in taste, without the bitterness of sprouts, and there’s something really pleasing about these green frilly leaves and rounded shape, like a mini cabbage.
Christmas Flower Sprouts
I served Flower Sprouts with nut roast, veggie gravy, and the best roast vegetables, do check out these recipes as they are the only ones I ever use for a veggie roast. The nut roast pictured here is shop bought, I didn’t want to spoil the big day by making my nut roast now.
Simply roast the flower sprouts on a baking sheet coated with olive oil at 250°C/Gas 9 for 10 minutes.
Feta and Flower Sprout Fritatta
Useful for leftover flower sprouts, not that you will have any, and a great energy and vitamin boosting lunch or brunch.
Serves a hungry one, or two with sides
Take a handful of flower sprouts and slice off the bottom to separate out the leaves , chop an onion and half a yellow pepper, chop 1/4 of a block of feta into small cubes. Beat 3 eggs and add a pinch of mixed herbs and season with salt and pepper.
Fry the onion in oil in a frying pan until soft, add yellow pepper and flower sprouts and fry until softened. Pour the egg mixture over the flower sprouts, peppers and onions, dot the feta around the pan.
Cook gently, until the bottom of the frittata looks like it is set. Stick it under the grill to set the top.
Serve with green salad or tomatoes
Grilled Mushrooms, Halloumi and Flower Sprouts
I’m obsessed, I just came back to add this lunch I made today as it was amazing. I had the Flower Sprouts raw, but you can grill them along with the mushrooms and halloumi. I used no oil or flavours, the nutty flower sprouts, salty halloumi and juice from the mushrooms is enough!
Find out more about Flower Sprouts here.
Whatever you have planned for Christmas dinner enjoy! Check out yesterday’s post on how to #blogitforward too, for every post about an act of kindness Wayfair will donate £50 to Habitat for Humanity.