This is a short video brought to you by Tony Brewin, managing director at Super Event Sussex Catering.
Sprouts are a love hate relationship, but this simple sauté sprout recipe comes with a twist and is a favourite dish for all Super Event Sussex customers.
- Onions (or shallots whatever you prefer)
- Streaky bacon
In this video tutorial brought to you by Tony Brewin, he explains the difference between a good sprout and a bad sprout. A good sprout will be fresh, firm and compact and about an inch and ¼ in length. You should avoid bigger, spongier sprouts.
Tony has chosen to use sprouts that are still on the stem. The good thing about using sprouts still on the stalk is that you are able to have them at home for at least a week and the sprouts will still stay fresh by drawing water and moisture from the stem.
Begin by taking a knife and cut one off at a time. Make sure to trim off the base of the sprout and remove any outside leaves.
You now need to cut each sprout in half lengthways and leave them in a bowl ready to go.
You should now prepare your onions and bacon.
Begin by chopping the onion along the root and finely dicing it. You could use a food processor for this step but it is important to just finely chop the onion rather that turning it into mush.
You should cut the bacon across and chop into similar sized pieces as the onion.
Lightly salt the bacon.
Once you have completed these steps, you should put some butter into a hot pan. Avoid using a pan that is so hot that you burn the butter; you simply want to melt it.
You should now add the bacon and onion mixture into the pan and thoroughly cook the bacon, you will notice the fat coming from the bacon.
Add the sprouts and season with pepper. Make sure to toss and stir the mixture in the pan, the onions should soften quickly and the sprouts should keep their nice green colour.
To check if your sprouts are cooked, Tony recommends you try one.
As you have previously salted the bacon, you do not need to season your sprouts again, a sprinkle of pepper is all that you will need.
You are now ready to plate up, place your sautéed sprouts into a vegetable dish and they are ready to serve.