Monday, March 25, 2013

Brussels Sprouts Gratin for #SRC



This is my second time participating in the Secret Recipe Club and was so lucky to get I am a Honey Bee as my assignment this month. I loved reading about Nic. We share a LOT of the same "loves" and she makes some wonderful food as well! I really had a good time browsing her blog to find just the right recipe. When I came to this one though I knew I had my winner. Extra cheesy Brussels Sprouts Gratin? Umm yes please! 

Brussels sprouts are a love that came on late in my life. I hated them as a child and so never really tried them again until I started food blogging. I wanted to "branch out" and make myself try new things so I made Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots. Not only did they shoot straight to the top on my favorite veggies list but my daughter (who is one of the pickiest eaters I know) loved them...I mean realllllllly loved them! Who knew we had been missing out all of that time? Now we make them as often as possible and they are on the permanent request list for the holidays. 

I wish the picture had come out better for you because it really doesn't do this dish justice (which makes me sad)! The cheesy sauce with those tender Brussels sprouts? Uhh heaven!! I just wish I had made it one night when the kids were here for dinner. Oh well, something to make next time right?



Brussels Sprouts Gratin
slightly adapted from I am a Honey Bee


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
Kosher salt 
Cracked black pepper
8 ounces Gruyere cheese
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese




Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Trim the stem off of each sprout and remove any loose leaves. Cut them in half an set aside.

In a sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, and cook for another 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and continue to cook until the sauce thickens (when it coats the back of a spoon you know it is done). Remove from the heat and stir in 2/3's of the Gruyere cheese. Add the salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to boil. Salt the water and then add the sprouts. Cook until they are tender, about 4 minutes. Drain.

Add the Brussels sprouts to the cheese sauce and stir carefully. Pour the mixture into a 2 quart baking dish. Top with remaining Gruyere and Parmesan cheese. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until bubbly and golden on top.

Serves 4 to 6


ENJOY!!

Secret Recipe Club





22 comments:

  1. Wow this sounds incredible! Can't wait to try :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  2. I think you will love it!!! :) We sure did!

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  3. I'm sad to say I have never tasted Brussels sprouts--I do need to branch out. This recipe is the one to make me take the Brussels sprout plunge. I adore anything with Gruyere in it.
    Thanks for opening my eyes. I have learned so much from my SRC friends.

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    1. I was the same way and absolutely love them now. I hope you give this a try :) and Gruyere is one of my favorite cheeses!!

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  4. Nothing makes veggies better than butter and cheese! Holy moly do these look good!

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more Jess!!! Thank you :)

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  5. Now THAT's brussels sprouts even my husband would fall for... (he, the brussels sprouts hater by default!)

    nice pick, I think the photo looks perfectly wonderful... made me drool a little :-)

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    1. LOL Sally we can convert him!! Thanks so much I am glad I could make you drool :)

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  6. Brussels sprouts are, and always have been, one of my favorite veggies. That said, I've never had them smothered with cheese in a gratin. I think my world just got a whole lot tastier!!! Who knew? LOL
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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    1. I know right? I would have never thought of it either!!

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  7. Brussels sprouts are one of my new favorite vegetables. Especially if they are covered in cheese!! Great pick this month :)

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  8. Glad you tried these and enjoyed them. That cheesy sauce is to die for! Thanks for the kind words. Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks so much for providing me a fantastic recipe to work with Nicole!!

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  9. this looks great. I love Brussels sprouts and I LOVE CHEESE. Great SRC pick!

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  10. I'm always looking for new ways to cook Brussels sprouts -- this looks fabulous!

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    1. I agree I am always on the look out now to add Brussels sprouts to recipes

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  11. I LOVE sprouts and especially when cooked au gratin! Great SRC pick, and hello from a fellow group D SRC player! Karen xx

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    1. Hi Karen :) thanks and nice to meet you!!

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  12. oh yum! This sounds good. I'm the only one in my family who likes brussel sprouts.

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    1. I am lucky. My whole family loves them!

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