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Brussel Tops with Oyster Sauce Recipe

Brussel Tops with Oyster Sauce

If, like me, your love for brussel sprouts is beginning to wane at this time of year, then eat the tops of this tasty vegetable instead. These dark green leaves have a savoy cabbage like quality to them with a robust flavour and only a subtle taste of sprouts. As it is the Chinese New Year festivities, why not try them with an oriental twist as with this recipe courtesy of Anthony W T. Brussel Tops with Oyster Sauce
Serves:  4
Preparation Time:  10 - 15 minutes
Cooking Time:  10 minutes
450g/1lb brussel tops, chopped (you could also use a mixture of green veg such as broccoli, chard or pak choi)
2tsp sesame oil
2 tsp groundnut or vegetable oil
2.5cm/1in piece root ginger, peeled and finely grated
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 small chillis, deseeded and finely chopped
55ml/3 tbsp oyster sauce
55ml/3 tbsp Chinese rice wine (mirin) or dry sherry
55ml/3 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp clear honey
1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and then add the brussel tops and blanch for 5 - 6 minutes, or, until wilted and tender. Drain well and place on a warm serving dish. Keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, heat the sesame and the groundnut or vegetable oil in a small frying pan.

3. Add the ginger, chilli and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring, then add the oyster sauce, mirin or sherry, soy and honey and heat through. Pour over the brussel tops and serve at once.
When preparing brussel tops, tear the leaves from the stalk and wash them. Discard any hard outer leaves as they may be a little 'woody.'
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