It started snowing back home today. My facebook feed filled with pictures of flurries and snow stuck to the cars. And here I am, in 70˚ weather. It feels strange, to feel like I missed part of fall and now to miss the first snow . I already have trips schedule up to Tahoe once the ski areas open (don’t plan on getting any response to emails on Wednesday, that will be the norm during the winter.) Sacramento is great, but there are small things I miss.
However, I’m still outside grilling and growing vegetables (which is kind of awesome). I’ve seen grilled brussels sprouts creeping around the internet for awhile now and I decided it was time to test it out. I figured I’d fall in love since I adore brussels sprouts and can eat an entire plateful of grilled vegetables (a favorite in my book). The marinade is simple for these but makes an awesome pair to the ginger-barley pilaf (modeled after my favorite ginger brown rice bowl.)
- Brussels Sprouts
- ½ pound of Brussels Sprouts
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ½ medium red onion
- Barley Pilaf
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup barley
- 3 cups water
- sesame seeds for topping.
- To start Brussels Sprouts, bring a pot of water to a boil. Cut part of the stem off the Brussels spout and place them in the boiling water. Cook for 4-5 minutes until just tender. Drain into a strainer and cool down by rinsing cold water over the brussels sprouts.
- Whisk the soy sauce, honey, and crushed red pepper together. Add Brussels Sprouts in a bowl and toss with soy sauce mixture. Cover and let sit for one hour. Place wooden skewers in water and set aside.
- To make barley, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add ginger and garlic, cooking for 1 minute. Next, stir in barley and cook for another minute. Pour in water, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Let barley cook until tender and water is absorbed, 40-45 minutes.
- Light grill. Chop onion into chunks. Alternate threading Brussels Sprouts and Onions onto the skewers. Place on the grill and cook until Brussels Sprouts are beginning to char, rotating as needed.
- Serve skewers over barley with extra soy sauce and sesame seeds as desired.