Sunday, October 22, 2023

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds

Easy recipe elevates an autumn vegetable. Great on the Thanksgiving table. H/T Cindy Engel for contributing her recipe.

1 lb Brussels sprouts
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T balsamic vinegar
1⁄4 t salt
1⁄4 t ground black pepper

2 T sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove the few wilted bottom leaves and cut each sprout in half lengthwise. In a one-quart bowl, toss the sprouts with the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast, stirring once, until nicely browned, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, toast almonds over medium heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown and fragrant (about 4 minutes). Top the sprouts with the almonds and serve hot.

Friday, October 20, 2023

How to Refresh Canned Seafood

Canned crabmeat and shrimp are shelf stable and widely available. They can be used to add a briny flavor to soups and sauces. Often it has an unwelcome 'tinny' taste but that can be largely overcome with a simple rinse in salty water. This method is adopted from an earlier recipe.
1 qt tap water
1 T kosher salt

Stir the salt into the water to form a brine about equivalent to normal saline for crustaceans. In a sieve, thoroughly drain the packing liquid from a can of crabmeat or shrimp. Gently stir the meat into the brine and let stand about 5 minutes. Thoroughly drain the rinsed seafood and proceed to the recipe.