Let’s Get Creative…

You know the feeling.  You’re staring into your fridge trying to figure out what you can make with all the random stuff.  This is what I made on one of those nights.

Earlier this week, I had bought some brussel sprouts from the farmers market, which until recently I had sworn off ever eating again (22 years ago), I had some eggplant left over, and I had some tomato sauce I made a few days ago.

Here is a tomato sauce recipe:

You’ll Need-

  • One can tomato paste
  • One yellow onion
  • A couple heads of garlic or more
  • Italian spice
  1. Mix tomato paste in a bowl with water, I usually fill the can with water (x2) and pour into bowl.  You decide for your own consistency.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pot, add onion and cook for a few minutes
  3. Add garlic and herbs, cook for one more minute then add tomato paste.
  4. Let sauce summer for about 10 minutes so all the flavors can cook together.

I just took my already made sauce from the fridge and re-heated it in the pot.

I fried the eggplant.

  • Put some oil in a pan
  • slice eggplant and dip into egg, then bread crumbs
  • Put eggplant into hot oil, fry on each side 2-3 minutes

Brussel Sprouts:

  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  1. Cut off the root and slice in half length wise (see below)
  2. Boil water in a pot and boil sprouts for about 5 minutes
  3. Remove from water and heat some olive oil in a pan
  4. Add red pepper flakes and garlic
  5. Add sprouts flat side down
  6. sprinkle with salt and pepper
  7. Let cook until a little brown

Add them all together.

Wine Pairing:  A Chianti (Sangiovese) or a Barbera would go nicely with this dish.  A red that is dry but not too overpowering.  Both Italian and both delicious!

Buon Appetito!


3 thoughts on “Let’s Get Creative…

  1. OK.. I’ve had the sprout similar to this. Try adding a half cup of kimchee just at the end and warm through. Delicious! AJ

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