This is not one of very popular vegetables in our country. I don’t remember seeing them when I was a child, so the history of brussels sprouts can’t be very long in Turkey. But I find them very cute with their small and ball like shape. They are like zip file version of regular cabbage. I often use them in salads, just boil and toss in the salad bowl.
I made something different this time. Hubby bought a big package of brussels sprouts, and it was impossible to finish them by adding into salads. And I decided to make a main dish with these cute balls. And I thought they would be perfect pairs with meatballs in the same size. So this is how this dish came out. It turned out to be a wonderful dish and I’m sure it will take its place on our table again very soon!
I’ve heard from Daily Spud, a fellow blogger of mine and one of the best Irish food bloggers, that St. Patrick’s Day is very close! This is a special day celebrated in Irish culture. I would like to join this celebration by sending this tasty brussels sprouts with meatballs to Paddy’s Day Food Parade held by Daily Spud in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. I can’t wait to see other foods at this parade at her blog on March 17. Don’t forget to check her blog on that special day to enjoy all the foods at the parade!
Wash brussels sprouts well, you can remove the first layer of leaves from each if they are not good in condition.
Put them in a pot with some water and boil until a little tender. Don’t overcook them because this is just the first step of cooking. They will be cooked with meatballs for the second time later.
When they are done, transfer them directly into very cold water. Wait them there while you are preparing other things.
And do not waste the water you use to boil the sprouts. You will use some of this water in your dish.
You can start preparing meatballs now. Combine all ingredients for meatballs very well.
Make balls from this mixture. Try to make them as big or small as sprouts.
Heat olive oil in a pan and toss meatballs into it. And fry them turning them over a few times. Then take them over a paper towel to remove excessive oil.
Now you can start making the dish combining these meatballs and boiled sprouts. To do this, heat 3 tbsp olive oil in a pan. Saute onion and carrot in it.
Throw meatballs and brussels sprouts into the pan. Stir.
Mix pepper paste and the boiling water of brussels sprouts in a bowl and pour this into the pot. Sprinkle black pepper, cumin and salt. Squeeze lemon and cover the pan. Cook it for about 15 minutes over low heat.
Garnish it with green onions before serving.
You can serve it with pilaf and yogurt or cacik.
- For meatballs:
- 300g minced beef
- ½ bunch of parsley, minced
- 1 small onion, grated
- 1tsp cumin
- 1tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tbsp bread cumbs
- 3 tbsp olive oil to fry meatballs
- To cook the dish:
- 500g brussels sprouts
- water, to boil them
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 carrots, cut in circles
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp pepper (or tomato) paste
- 1 cup water (use the boiling water of sprouts)
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ lemon
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Boil brussels sprouts a little until tender, but don't overcook them.
- Transfer them into very cold water and wait for a few minutes.
- Combine all ingredients for meatballs.
- Make small meatballs, in the samke size with sprouts.
- Fry them in olive oil.
- Take on a paper towel.
- Heat 3tbsp olive oil in a pan and toss in onion and carrot.
- Add meatballs and sprouts.
- Mix the boiling water of brussel sprouts and pepper paste.Pour it into pot.
- Season it and add lemon juice.
- Cook it for about 15 minutes.
- You can add a little chopped green onion on each plate when serving.