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Nov 182009
 

This holiday, treat your guests to this fresh, alternative side dish (no cans required!) without depriving them of the best part of green bean casserole — the crispy, crunchy onions!

Shredded Brussels sprouts are the secret ingredient in this casserole makeover.

Shredded Brussels sprouts are the secret ingredient in this casserole makeover.

Late autumn is the best season to enjoy Brussels sprouts since they tend get sweeter after a winter frost. Buy them freshly picked, on the stem if possible. Avoid the sulfurous fumes that Brussels sprouts naysayers complain about by getting the freshest sprouts available (and avoid overcooking). — Organic Gardening Magazine’s Abigail Poulette

Use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Ingredients:

1 pound Brussels sprouts, washed and trimmed (stems and rough outer leaves)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon butter
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2-3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½  cup flour
1 to 2 large shallots
Vegetable oil for frying
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Slice the Brussels into 1/8″ ribbons, by hand, using a mandoline or a food processor. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium high heat, and add the sprouts, stirring occasionally.

Abigail Poulette of 'Organic Gardening' Magazine reinvents the green bean casserole

Abigail Poulette of 'Organic Gardening' Magazine reinvents the green bean casserole

While the sprouts cook, thinly slice the shallots and lightly toss in a mixture of flour and salt and pepper. Add 1 ½-2″ of vegetable oil to a medium saucepan and bring to a medium high heat. Test the oil by adding one slice of shallot. When it bubbles and cooks quickly, add the shallots in small batches, watching closely and removing when golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Once the sprouts begin to soften and get some golden crispy bits, add the lemon juice to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat, stir in the Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with the crispy shallots.

Serves 4.  Here is the recipe on Organic Gardening ’s Web site.

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