I’ve mentioned this in the past but I’m going to take a moment to emphasize how important simple, yet delicious, cooking is to me. Thus, today I’m going to share with you my new favorite hippie dinner: baked and broiled brussels sprouts, sweet potato fries and brown rice. Here are the super simple steps to hippie dinner perfection.
The ingredients are so simple, I don’t even need to vertically list them out! Just brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes (not yams!), brown rice, olive oil, nutmeg and some S&P.
Let’s start with the sweet potato fries. For some reason I blanked this time around and didn’t peel the sweet potatoes. But for you folks, I definitely recommend peeling those babies.
I don’t have a fancy tool for this, so I literally just put my horrible knife skills to work. Choppy, choppy, choppy. Those look like fries, right?
Spread out your fries on their own baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. The secret ingredient here is to sprinkle some nutmeg on them. But be careful! Too much and it will overpower your fries.
Let’s talk brussels sprouts. First thing first, blanching and shocking the sprouts is KEY to making them edible (yes, that does sound like a military term…BLANCH AND SHOCK BOYS!). Bring a pot of water to a boil and then dump the whole sprouts in and let them boil for two to four minutes (or until they are tender). After boiling, transfer the sprouts to an ice bath. I get lazy and just drench them in cold water which works fine as well. This blanch and shock technique cooks the sprouts on the inside, and the cold water “shocks” the veggie and prevents it from cooking any further. Mushy sprouts are never a good thing.
Once you’ve blanched and shocked, halve each sprout and spread them out on a baking sheet of their own. Toss with olive oil and S&P.
So here’s where I get extra lazy: I pop both sheets of veggies into an oven than has been preheated to 450 degrees. Because you have two sheets in at once and one is closer to the heat than the other, you need to pay special attention to ensure that you are flipping the veggies and ensuring they don’t burn. I’ll usually set a timer for 10 minutes and will rotate the trays within the oven, for a total cooking time of about 20 minutes. After those 20 minutes, I’ll switch the over to a broil on high to get that extra crispy top layer. Watch these carefully as they should take no longer than five minutes and broiling can burn your hippie dinner pretty quickly.
Add some brown rice and like that, you’ll have a delicious little hippie dinner that will make your stomach smile and your body will thank you later.
P.S. Did you know that it’s actually “brussels sprouts” and not “brussel sprouts” (the extra “s”). Who knew?!