Gateau de Choux de Bruxelles (Brussels Sprouts Cake!)
Here she goes again, with her fancy French.
This recipe translates into Brussels Sprouts Cake, plain and simple.
("choux de Bruxelles" literally means "cabbage of Brussels").
This is one of those quiche like wonders baked in a loaf pan and sliced to resemble a cake.
It's never easy to decipher recipes in other languages, since the measurements are metric (unlike the U.S.), and the ingredients can sometimes be hard to find (or translate!).
Here, it's basically Brussels sprouts, bacon, onion and eggs. A no brainer.
This was gorgeous and delicious. Enough said in any language.
Feel free to use a deep dish pie plate or even better, a gratin dish (which will slice much easier!).
Gateau de Choux de Bruxelles (Brussels Sprouts Cake!): (adapted from Saveurs French magazine)
12 Brussels sprouts, cores removed and left whole
2 onions, sliced
1/4 lb. bacon, sliced into lardons (strips)
1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
salt & pepper
1 tbsp butter
3 tbsp. of breadcrumbs
1 tbsp vinegar for the boiling water
Butter a 9" loaf pan or gratin dish liberally and sprinkle some of the breadcrumbs on the bottom and around the pan, shaking out the excess crumbs.
In a heavy saucepan, boil the whole sprouts in salted water with a tbsp of vinegar (not sure why, but it was yummy this way) for about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet, cook the bacon strips until crispy and add to paper towels to blot.
In the same skillet, add 1 tbsp of butter to the fat and saute the onion until translucent, do not brown.
Add the boiled Brussels sprouts and the crispy bacon pieces back into the skillet with the onion and combine.
Lay this yummy mixture on the bottom of your prepared loaf pan.
Mix the eggs with the milk, cream, salt & pepper in a bowl.
Pour over the Brussels sprouts mixture and sprinkle the top with the extra breadcrumbs.
Bake in a 350F oven for 40 minutes.
Let cool at least an hour before serving, or it will fall apart.
This makes a beautiful lunch or light supper with a salad.
faire ce gâteau!