We are on the road and it is cold! I forgot how cold the mainland can be. I also forgot how seriously the mainland takes the holidays. There are lights everywhere with north pole trains and hot chocolate and Santa’s workshops and ice skating! It’s very exciting for my kids. And for me!
Since I’m not in my own kitchen for Thanksgiving this year I have been giving the task of making a side. Which totally means that I get to hang out with family and friends outside of the kitchen! Sounds very relaxing!
There’s been a whole lot of talk about Brussel sprouts going on in my family. Who’s going to make them? Is there going to be enough? Some people want them whole and roasted, some fried with the leaves peeled! It makes me very happy to see my family take the matter of brussel sprouts so seriously. It gives me a sense of belonging to know there are other people like me in this world!
The only reasonable thing to do is to have brussel sprouts done 5 different ways. Here’s how I’m making mine. A shaved raw salad with smokey bacon, nutty broccoli, toasted coconut and a maple Dijon vinaigrette to tie it all together.
10 brussel sprouts, trimmed and washed
2 carrots, peeled
2 cups chopped broccoli
1/4 cup marcona almonds
1/3 cup coconut chips
4 thick slices of bacon (optional, but a very good idea)
1/4 cup dried cherries or cranberries
2oz goat cheese
For the Maple Dijon Vinaigrette
2 tb whole grain mustard
3 tb apple cider vinager
2 1/2 tb maple syrup
1/3 cup olive oil
And we’re off!
Get out your cusinart and fit it with the slicer blade. You could totally do this by hand, it will just take longer. Since we are eating the brussel sprouts raw you want to make sure you trim the stem and peel away any yucky looking leaves. Into the cusinart they go and ta-da!
Let’s start building this epic holiday salad. Peel 2 carrots and throw them through the slicer, easy. Heat up a large pan with a little bit of olive oil and toss in the chopped broccoli. Cook over medium heat until nice and toasty. You want to bring out the nutty flavor of the broccoli.
In the same pan toast your coconut chips. Keep a close on them cause they toast up real fast. Your should be able to smell a little bit of Hawaii coming through all those fabulous Thanksgiving aromas. Put these toasted coconut chips off to the side and add them to the salad just before serving.
In the same pan (like how I’m saving you from extra dirty dishes, yeah, I got your back) crisp up the bacon. Obviously, adding bacon is optional but I found it to be a very good idea. I’m also pretty sure it is the only way I will get my Grandpa to enjoy a raw brussel sprout salad.
Let the bacon cool down on paper towels.
Full disclosure- I had a very strong desire to go rouge and dump the whole salad in that pan and fry the shaved brussel sprouts in the leftover sizzling bacon fat. I stopped myself but it’s probably going to happen sometime between now and Christmas. Just so you know….
Crumble or chop up the bacon if it isn’t crumbling according to plan.
Bacon, goat cheese, dried cherries and coconut chips top the salad.
Haha, every picture I take the salad suspiciously has less bacon.
For the salad dressing add the dijon, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and olive oil to a mason jar and shake, shake, shake. Be generous with the dressing and toss this salad before serving.