Sprout-lovers: show the Brussels some extra love this Christmas. Haters: let us change your mind
Sprouts. Love 'em or hate 'em, they're part of Christmas. As lovers of the tiny green cabbages we want to change the minds of the haters. Open your hearts and your minds and let us help you love these little green gems.
Creamy cheddar soup
On a cold winter's night what better way to warm up than with this chowder-like soup? It's the perfect use for leftover sprouts or that bargain bag you'll pick up at the supermarket. It's a doddle to make, will help you through your Xmas comedown and is a surprisingly low calorie option, too.
Cheesy tortilla dip
Bet you never thought of this one! That's right, sprouts, cheese and crisps – a holy trinity you'd never imagine would work. To be fair cheese does make everything better. This recipe from the minimalist baker features plenty of sour cream, cheese and parmesan. Yum.
Swapping it in
Countless Asian dishes go perfectly with a sprinkle of bitter cabbage so why the heck not get your sprouts a piece of the action? Being a more condensed sort of veg, sprouts require finer chopping but are just as happily tossed in your stir fry as the next cabbage. Dice your raw sprout and chuck it in this mouth-watering pork stir fry for a change of post-Christmas scene.
As previously discussed, sprouts are tiny cabbages. So if you like coleslaw you're going to dig sproutslaw (you heard that here first.) Chop sprouts finely and mix in with this purple slaw recipe, or if you don't fancy the mayo try Branappetit's version with pecans and Dijon dressing. What better way to jazz up your Christmas cold cuts?
Crispy fried Brussels with chilli sauce
My oh my, aren't things better when they are fried? The sprout loves to be glazed in honey and submerged in hot oil until crispy. Asian-style sprouts are sublime too. White On Rice's Diane make hers with a delicious chilli fish sauce, but standard siracha ketchup works just as well.
Still not convinced? Do you have a traumatic sprout story to share? Let us know below.