Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Brussels Sprouts & Carrots Casserole

Brussels Sprouts & Carrots Casserole

Hi everybody :)

I've been loving brussels sprouts so much lately I came up with a new version of my favorite casserole, Cheesy Green Bean Casserole, featuring it along with carrots. The brussels sprouts and carrots are first steamed, than cooled.  Mix with the remaining ingredients and baked into a cheesy casserole topped with a cornbread topping, much like a squash casserole. Here's what I did...
Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin
5 bacon slices, cut into pieces
1 medium onion, sliced 
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed 
1 1/2 cups carrots, sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 can (14.5 oz.) cream of chicken or mushroom soup
 1 package Southern Mills Cheddar Cheese Sauce Mix + 1 cup water  or  1 cup prepared cheese sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
1/2 cup French Fried Onions, cheddar flavored
2 tablespoons butter, melted 
Topping:
1 1/2 cups cornbread crumbs (homemade or store-brought)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup French Fried Onions, cheddar flavored, crushed
2 tablespoons butter, cold; cut into small pieces 

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a casserole dish with cooking spray. 
Cook bacon and onion over medium heat in small saucepan until golden brown, set aside.
Place Brussels sprouts and carrots in saucepan with enough water to cover. Simmer, uncovered, 5 to 10 minutes, until tender. Drain. Place in drainer, run cold water over it to cool.
Place in a large bowl, brussels sprouts and carrots. Halved brussels sprouts, add the remaining ingredients, set aside.

Mix topping ingredients together until well blended. 
Put brussels sprout mixture into prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with cornbread mixture Cover and bake 25 minutes, until cheese is melted or heated and bubbly hot.
Source: partly inspired by Food Network here, Yum-Yum Brussels Sprouts, and Cheesy Green Bean Casserole 
What I Think:
I love the flavor combination of the brussels sprouts and carrots. But, I think next time I make this I will add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to the onion/bacon mixture to give it a more caramelized flavor for added sweetness. All in all this was a very tasty casserole and definitely worthy of a REPEAT.    
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2 comments:

  1. My hubbys most favourite veggie is brussel sprouts; I will have to bookmark this recipe for sure Cindy. Thanks.

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  2. You put such deliciousness in this dish. It sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

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