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Brussel Sprouts even the kids will love!

Nonna cleaned out her refrigerator. She put some of her favorite ingredients together and made something she has never made before. Simple. Delicious.

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Baked Veggies

Ingredients

      See Note 1
    • 5 crispy bacon strips (optional)
    • Bacon grease or olive oil (use olive oil if you are a vegetarian).
    • Brussel Sprouts (not frozen) (enough to fill one baking pan of your choice)
    • Mushrooms (as much or as little as you like)
    • Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
    • Feta Cheese (Mediterranean flavored)
    • Heavy Whipping Cream or Milk
    • Jacobsen Chili Salt
    • 1/4 cup minced garlic
    • Butter

Directions

      Brussel Sprouts
    1. Chop off brussel sprouts end and cut in half.
    2. Place in baking pan and coat with olive oil (or bacon grease from breakfast if you have some). Not too much, make sure the veggies are thinly coated.
    3. Add 5 chopped crispy bacon strips (optional)
    4. Add mushrooms (See Note 1)
    5. Add Jacobsen Chili Salt (or regular salt and pepper)
    6. Add garlic
    7. Add butter chunks on top
    8. Bake on 375° for 20-25 mins. Don’t cook the brussel sprouts through, you want them undercooked at this point.
    9. Add creamy cheese sauce and bake on 375° until done. Seriously, Nonna cooked for about 15 minutes until the brussel sprouts were soft (the fork easily stuck in the sprouts) – which is the way Nono likes them!
    10. Creamy Cheese Sauce

    11. In a pot add left over mozzarella and Mediterranean flavored feta cheese.
    12. Add heavy whipping cream and/or milk.
    13. Melt cheese over a low heat. Stir constantly so it doesn’t burn. Add milk or cheese as you desire to get the consistency you like.

Note 1: Nonna didn’t measure anything. She just pulled some stuff from the refrigerator that was on the verge of going bad and put it all together. The key to this recipe is taking what you have and doing what’ve you done in the past with some minor twists. For instance, Nonna makes creamy cheese sauce often, but never before with feta cheese (that cheese is typically reserved for salads). Also, she’s baked brussel sprouts with garlic herb seasoning and olive oil, but never with mushrooms, bacon, and cheese sauce. Sometimes when Nonna cleans out her refrigerator her recipes come out great (like this recipe), but sometimes not so much. Nonna very much encourages you to experiment and play in your kitchen. Try different things, be creative, have fun!

Note 2: You can delay adding the mushrooms. If desired, you can add the mushrooms when you cover the brussel sprouts with the creamy cheese sauce.

Note 3: This recipe is easily converted to a vegetarian recipe. Simply leave out the bacon and use olive oil.

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