Sprouts Face The Chop In Family Christmas Cutbacks (Recipes)

Brussel Sprouts Being Cut From Christmas Dinner

The Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 13/12/11 17:18 Updated: 13/12/11 17:18

Love them or hate them, the humble brussel sprout has always been regarded as a Christmas dinner staple. But despite this year's bumper crop, it would seem the festive green is facing rejection as cash-strapped families prepare to rein in their supermarket spend and make essential food cutbacks.

According to a new survey, a third of families vow to budget this Christmas and it's the dinner table that will suffer, with one in four admitting that sprouts will be the first to be crossed off the shopping list.

The poll by Morrisons found that while it will be out with the sprout, one in ten will also be giving the Christmas pudding the boot. Other festive favourites facing sacrifice include mince pies, bread and cranberry sauce.

Only four key ingredients are guaranteed to make the cut this year - roast turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing and roast potatoes.

Though its acquired taste has given it a reputation as the Marmite of the veggie world, we think sprouts are the unsung heroes of the Christmas dinner. So in an attempt to save them from the chopping block and reinstate them to the chopping board, we've found the tastiest brussel sprout recipes to encourage you to reconsider your shopping list.

Brussels With Honey And Mustard
1  of  7
500g (18oz) brussels sprouts
1tbsp olive oil
300ml (1/2pt) vegetable stock
2tbsp wholegrain mustard
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2tbsp clear honey

1. Prepare the brussels sprouts and cut in half.

2. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the brussels sprouts and fry for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and carefully pour in the vegetable stock and stir in the mustard and seasoning.

3. Bring to the boil, simmer uncovered for 3-4 minutes until the brussels sprouts are tender. Stir in the honey and serve immediately.

Recipe from Good To Know.

Image by Flickr: Joyosity.