Brussels sprouts – a tribute to Brussels

Choubruxelles5As you might know if you have been following this blog for more than 2 weeks, I am about to say goodbye to Brussels. I have had an amazing time here, and though I am really glad to be finally moving to London, I am also sad to leave. So I thought my last recipe cooked in my Brussels kitchen should pay homage to the city. I had many possible dishes in mind, the one more popular than the other: fries, waffles, mussels, speculoos …

But then I realized that these were already very popular among many of us: people who come to Belgium, and Brussels in particular, can’t wait to put their hands on a cone of crunchy fries with mayonnaise, or a warm waffle dripping with chocolate.

But there is one delicious dish people tend to avoid. It is suffering from a bad reputation, though I find it tastes great when well prepared. Ladies and gentlemen, let me present you: Brussels sprouts! (Of course, you’ve guessed it already, since it’s on the picture above…) This is my tribute to Brussels: the rehabilitation of Brussels sprouts, with an easy and tasty recipe

Choubruxelles1Ingredients (2):

250 g Brussels sprouts

1 tablespoon mustard

100 g bacon strips





Choubruxelles2Remove the first two external leaves of each Brussels sprout and wash them in cold water.

Steam them for 15-20 minutes, they have to stay a bit firm (nothing worse than overcooked Brussels sprouts, except maybe overcooked broccoli) . Don’t throw away the water!



Choubruxelles3While the sprouts are cooking, fry the bacon strips in a pan.

Add to the bacon strips: 1 tablespoon of mustard, 3 tablespoons of the water you have left after steaming the sprouts, the Brussels sprouts. Cook in the pan for 2 more minutes.



Choubruxelles5You can serve this as a side for grilled meat, as a dish or even cold, as a salad, with a bit of olive oil and vinegar.

I hope this recipe will reconcile many of you with this vegetable often rejected from our tables!




I’ll see you soon with my first UK cooked recipes! If have an idea of what my first tribute to London should be: please shoot!


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