Crazy way to start a post but I really think I ate my weight in food this weekend (actually, I think I ate my weight in food twice this weekend). Studies have shown that the average person eats 3 days worth of calories in one Thanksgiving dinner...I can totally see that.
I was thinking of all the cooking that went on in my kitchen (and my mom's and my mother-in-law's kitchens) and I that's when I realized that we eat a crazy amount of food. Just yesterday, this is what was on the Thanksgiving table: homemade lasagna, homemade brodo (simple Italian soup with small pasta), organic turkey, homemade stuffing, bbq italian sausage and lamb from the local butcher, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted veggies, brussel sprouts, salad, olive bread, apple pie, raspberry pie, 2 kinds of homemade ice cream, homemade apple crisp, homemade carrot cake with cream cheese icing, homemade pumpkin cookies, homemade caramel squares, homemade date squares, butter tarts, assorted British candies...and that was just one meal!
Just thinking about all of that food makes me happy (full but happy). Believe it or not, there wasn't that much left over!
And with all of those things that crossed my path this weekend, I am choosing to post...brussel sprouts! I know...I will get to the other good stuff soon but these were really good. It will make a brussel sprout lover out of you yet!
4 c brussel sprouts (approx), cleaned of the tough outer leaves
1/2 pkg bacon
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 pkg chestnuts (you can roast whole ones and peel them but this is way easier)
salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp real maple syrup
1. Put on a large pot of water to boil and season slightly (1 tbsp) with salt; place the cleaned brussel sprouts in the water to boil and cook until al dente (about 5 minutes). Drain and half or quarter them.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon until crispy and remove to another plate; drain all but 1-2 tbsp bacon drippings and cook the onion until caramelized. Add the garlic and watch that it doesn't burn.