When I lived alone, I could easily make a meal out of some roasted Brussels sprouts and a small piece of chicken or fish....Heck, I'd be happy with just the sprouts!
But in the interest of pleasant cohabitation, I know that this is no longer an acceptable dinner unless Rafe has a class. You see, Rafe is *gasp* one of the few people I know who doesn't LOVE Brussels sprouts. He will tolerate them, but they're not his favorite, and a solitary bowl of Brussels would not satisfy his dinnertime appetite.
Pantry staples to the rescue!
Using some ingredients we already had, I was able to create a hearty and filling dinner using Brussels sprouts as my inspiration.
First, I put a big pot of water on to boil for pasta, and prepped my ingredients: slicing Brussels into thin shreds, chopping onion and garlic, and slicing sausages.
Then I moved to caramelizing the onion in a generous pat of butter. Toward the end of cooking I added the clove of garlic. Once the aromatics were done cooking, I added two chopped chicken sausages to the pan to brown.
Once the sausage was browned, I added the chopped Brussels, a little lemon zest, and about a half cup of chicken stock for moisture. I tossed the mixture with some pipette - which I highly encourage you to try - its a rather fun shape!
Topped with Parmesan cheese this was a delicious and hearty pasta supper. The onions provided sweetness, while the lemon zest provided some juicy acid. The sprouts were both sweet and bitter but still retained a little crunch.
Rafe even had seconds....Brussels sprouts and all.
Do you ever 'hide' food from your dining companions when you know they aren't fans?