Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears

This unique flavor combination is accented by salty pistachios.

Ingredients:
1 pound Brussels sprouts
1 pear, halved and cored
3 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup shelled pistachios, chopped
Juice of ½ lemon
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then, place pear halves, cut sides-down, on the baking sheet, making sure there is enough oil to coat their cut surfaces.

2. Roast for about 20 minutes, then turn the Brussels sprouts with a metal spatula so that both sides will get caramelized. After another 10 minutes, turn the Brussels sprouts again, also flipping the pear slices. Reduce the oven heat to 375°.

3. Add pistachios to the pan to toast slightly, removing the baking sheet from the oven after 5 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice directly over all the ingredients, then use a spatula to roughly chop pear halves. Toss thoroughly, check for seasoning, and serve warm.

Very Merry Recipes

Pour yourself a glass of wine, invite over a few friends, and cuddle up on the couch to enjoy a festive sampling thanks to this week’s lineup of antipasti-ready bites—think housemade eggplant caponata spooned over crackly crostini, smoky-and spicy crepinette salami, Marcona almonds and imported Italian charcoal parchment crackers, plus wintery produce that ranges from Cara Cara oranges and Brussels sprouts to mixed radicchio and Robin’s Koginut squash. Get ready to mix and match to your heart’s content with this box, which also includes multigrain bread, farm-fresh eggs, and even a petite gingerbread house kit to make it a holly jolly evening indeed.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Cara Cara Orange Compote
Tart, sweet and lively with bright citrus flavor, this compote is excellent served on crostini along with a soft cheese.

Sweet Onion Confit
This buttery-sweet topping is wonderful in sandwiches or even atop crackers.

Kale Salad with Roasted Squash & Apples
Topped with a maple-mustard vinaigrette and candied squash seeds, this salad would pair nicely alongside this week’s antipasti bites.

Candied Squash Seeds
Great for snacking, scattering over salad or serving atop soup!

Honey-Balsamic Roasted Carrots
This slam-dunk recipe from Domenica Marchetti’s The Glorious Vegetables of Italy makes the best of crisp carrots.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears
This unique flavor combination is accented by salty pistachios.

Cozy Comforts Recipes

Along with busy days and festive nights, December has brought with it a continuation of November’s wet and windy weather. Accordingly, this week’s lineup invites you to sit down to a cozy, comfy supper after a damp day with risotto crafted with earthy Chanterelle mushrooms, herb-kissed fromage blanc and a truffle, sea salt and Parmesan blend topping, plus soft, chewy focaccia bread and a beautiful Washington red wine. Also accompanied by Lollipop radishes, Chioggia radicchio, leeks, Brussels sprouts and beautiful garden-grown herbs, this box will do wonders to ward off any rainy day blues (as will a glass of heirloom blueberry juice!).

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto with Fromage Blanc
Creamy and delicious, this recipe is a favorite here at the farm—just remember to stir!

Fresh Radicchio, Fennel & Apple Salad
Tart, crunchy and crisp, this cool salad celebrates the classic combination of fennel and radicchio.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Buttered Breadcrumbs
Topped with buttery, golden brown breadcrumbs, these Brussels sprouts are the epitome of comfort food.

Oven-Roasted Leeks
Seasoned with salt and pepper, roasted leeks make for a satisfying side dish.

Lemon-Olive Oil Custard
Ready in 10 minutes, this thick, creamy custard makes for a stunningly-simple dessert.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Buttered Breadcrumbs

Topped with buttery, golden brown breadcrumbs, these Brussels sprouts are the epitome of comfort food.

Ingredients:
1½ pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed of tough ends, then halved (if large)
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
½ cup grated Grana-style cheese
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Lightly oil a heavy baking sheet. Mound the Brussels sprouts on the sheet pan, drizzle the olive oil over them and toss gently to coat. Arrange the sprouts in a single uncrowded layer.

2. Roast for about 15 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally to ensure even cooking, until the sprouts are tender and lightly browned.

3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan and add breadcrumbs. Toss to combine and season generously with salt and pepper.

4. Remove the sprouts from the oven, sprinkle the breadcrumbs mixture over them evenly and return them to the oven. Roast for another 6-8 minutes, until the breadcrumbs are toasted and golden. Serve hot.

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