Brussels Sprouts Three Ways

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Of all the vegetables that come to the table on the holidays, Brussels sprouts get the worst rap of them all. There’s something about those little, round veggies that have caused children and adults to stick up their nose for years. So this year, we’ve decided to stick up for the sprouts and transform them from bitter and bland to positively mouth watering!

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Now we know what you’re thinking, why should I give Brussels sprouts another chance? Well, not only are they a good source of protein, iron, and potassium, they’re also full of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, making them one of the healthiest vegetables around. So go ahead and have seconds (or thirds!).

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We’ve adapted a few of the most delectable Brussels sprouts recipes from some of our favorite bloggers to give you three options for the holidays: Maple Balsamic, Parmesan Garlic, and a tasty Brussels sprouts and egg bake. Choose your favorite and get ready to wow your family this holiday season. We suggest serving up these sides in our Individual Baker, Bistro Bowl, and Skillet Baker.

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Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs. brussel sprouts, stalk cut off and then halved
  2. 3 tbsp. real maple syrup
  3. 2-1/2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  4. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  5. 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the brussel sprouts, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
  2. Distribute evenly in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  3. Cook for about 10 minutes, then remove from oven and stir.
  4. Return to oven for 10-15 minutes, or until they are brown and crispy on the edges.
  5. Remove from oven and add the cranberries. Stir to evenly distribute.
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5 Minute Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
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Ingredients
  1. about 1.5 lbs brussels sprouts
  2. 2 garlic cloves
  3. 5 pre-cooked bacon strips (or uncooked is fine, see separate instructions for uncooked bacon)
  4. 2 tbs coconut oil
  5. 1 green onion
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  7. a couple of tablespoons of water
  8. fresh parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Wash brussels sprouts and cut in half. Chop up bacon, green onion and garlic cloves.
  2. Heat skillet on med-high heat. Add coconut oil and allow to heat up.
  3. When hot add garlic, brussels sprouts, bacon, onion and 1/2 tsp salt. Sauté till brussels sprouts start browning.(2-3 minutes) If sprout are brown but not crisp tender add a few tablespoons of water and allow them to steam for a few minutes till at desired tenderness.
  4. Top with fresh ground pepper, freshly shaved cheese and more salt if desired.
  5. -If using uncooked bacon fry bacon up first, remove from pan and chop. Leave a tablespoon or so plus a tablespoon of coconut oil and then continue as stated above.
Adapted from Oh So Delicious
Adapted from Oh So Delicious
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
Brussels Sprout and Eggs
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  2. 2 cups quartered Brussels sprouts
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 2 to 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  5. Salt and Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Melt the butter in skillet and stir in the quartered Brussels sprouts, salt and pepper.
  2. Cook in oven for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven, make a spot for the egg and crack into the skillet. Continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and serve
Adapted from Naturally Ella
Adapted from Naturally Ella
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The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Are you hosting Thanksgiving, or perhaps a “Friendsgiving” this year? Planning, delegating and cooking can be quite stressful! Something that’s often neglected in the midst of all the Thanksgiving prep is how to set your buffet table.

Well, we have your back with a “Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table” that is pretty, colorful and provides a simple flow as your guests load up their plates.

It all starts with the buffet table itself. We used a basic six-foot folding table covered with a tablecloth that complemented our color scheme. To add visual interest and height to the dishes toward the back of the table, we placed two boxes underneath the tablecloth. This not only looks more pleasing to the eye, but it makes it easier for people to reach the food that isn’t right up front.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Next, we outlined our menu and pulled the serving pieces we’d be using for each dish.

We started with a stack of dinner plates in a variety of seasonal colors: (from top to bottom) Poppy, Turquoise, Sunflower, Scarlet, Shamrock, Tangerine, Claret, and Lemongrass. It’s a good idea to place the dinner plates in the front corner where the buffet line will start.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Then we used a 3 Tier Server for rolls and other breads, followed by salad, a side dish and casserole. The salad and side dish will be served in our multipurpose Bistro Bowls in Medium and Large sizes. And the casserole is featured in a traditional 9×13” Rectangular Baker. (PS: All of our dishes can be heated safely in the oven up to 350 degree and bakeware can go up to 500 degrees.)

At the center of the feast is the star of the day: turkey! Depending on how large your bird is, we have a variety of serving platters in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. We’re planning for a lot of leftovers, so we used the Extra Large Oval Platter.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Condiments like cranberries and butter are next. We used the Individual Casserole for our cranberries and the Extra Large Covered Butter for the butter.

Napkins and flatware are best placed at the end of the line so your guests aren’t juggling them while piling up their plates.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Finally, it’s time for dessert. Yum! We made room for a pie and a cake. For the pie, we used the Deep Dish Pie Baker. For the cake, we spiced it up with a little Fiesta hack to create a “plate stand.” We turned a Hostess Serving Bowl upside down and placed a Baking/Pizza Tray on top. To serve dessert, a stack of Salad Plates finishes off the assortment of dishes.

Fiesta Dinnerware Hostess Bowl in Turquoise

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We sprinkled in some mini pumpkins, flowers and greenery to decorate and soften the tablescape. With the buffet table set, we’re ready for full bellies and naps!

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

We’d love to see how you like to set your buffet and dining tables for Thanksgiving. On Facebook, feel free to send us pictures or post them in the comments.

Fiesta Dinnerware wishes you and your your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving and we hope you take this opportunity to count your blessings. We certainly are thankful for you!

 

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