The title of this dish would have been even longer if I added all of the star ingredients! In addition to the mushroom, fennel, and eggplant, there are some Brussels sprouts and, optional cooked tofu or vegan chicken…all atop green rice noodles and shredded cabbage.
It may seem like a lot of work but it makes 8 hearty-sized bowls brimming with goodness. And yes, you can substitute ingredients or add some additional ones to your taste.
Although it seems like this recipe would take hours in the kitchen, truth be told, it comes together in only about an hour.
The word Eurasian means a combination of European, or European American, and Asian cultures. When I made this recipe I was trying to create crispy-crunchy Brussels sprouts that had an emphasis on Italian flavors. My decision to use Pad Thai rice noodles seemed like just the perfect and unexpected accompaniment to the dish. Additionally, the rice noodles are gluten-free so, in my mind, a winner!
You can serve the Brussels Sprouts on their own as a side dish or mixed with traditional pasta but I would strongly suggest you first try using rice noodles.
I went light on the red pepper flakes, which can be adjusted to individual taste. I used the CHICKENLESS Better than Bouillon however the vegetable variety would also work great.
This dish also works great for leftovers but I recommend adding a splash of water and a drizzle of olive oil before reheating.
Brussels sprouts are a part of the cabbage family and date back to 1000 B.C. They were cultivated and gained popularity in Brussels and Belgium during the 13th Century.
Brussels sprouts are low in calories and an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, and Magnesium.
They generally absorb the taste of the first seasoning used in cooking them. If you are looking for a savory taste, I recommend starting the process by parboiling them in salted water. And, if you prefer a sweeter taste, start with water seasoned with sugar, maple syrup, agave, or another sweetener.
Caution should be used to not overcook Brussels Sprouts. When they become gray-looking it tends to give them a super-strong pungent smell and taste.
The frying for this recipe can be done in a pan, deep fryer, or for a healthier option, an air-fryer.