Monday, June 13, 2011

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

I mentioned a while ago that I purchased Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook.  One of the first recipes I decided to try was Caramelized Brussels Sprouts.  I do not understand why Brussels sprouts are not beloved by everyone.  This recipe is crispy and tangy (from the lemon) and very flavorful. Plus it is a light and healthy side dish, perfect for those warm summer nights.  If you are on the fence about this little vegetable, I recommend giving this recipe a shot.  And if you are already a fan, then you will love this.  Gwyneth really seems to knows her stuff.  Who woulda thought?

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • a few generous pinches of coarse sea salt 
  • Your best, highest-quality extra virgin olive oil, for serving
  • 1/2 lemon, for serving
First thing first.  Trim up your Brussels sprouts.  Cut the brown ends off each, and any of the leaves that look damaged.
Steam the Brussels sprouts for 7 minutes, or until just tender. Let them cool a bit and then cut each in half, lengthwise.

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place the Brussels sprouts in a single layer, cut-side down (in batches if necessary). Leave them for 4-5 minutes, allowing them to brown thoroughly and evenly – don’t give into the temptation to stir and toss them! Keep an eye on them though – the key is to have the flame high enough to brown them but low enough not to burn them. When they’ve browned, flip each one and let the other side get color, an additional three minutes or so.

Remove to a serving platter, sprinkle with the salt, drizzle with your best extra virgin olive oil and squeeze the lemon over the Brussles sprouts, trying to get a bit of juice on each one. Enjoy!

Notice the lemon?  It is a variegated pink lemon from my back yard.  Just had to mention it:)


Susan said...

This sounds really good- thanks for sharing!

(Also, love the pink lemon :)

Jamie said...

That looks yummy. But - they're brussel sprouts. How is this possible?

Fine. I'll try them. You have to go and make this dish look delectable!

Erin said...

I am obsessed with brussel sprouts! Weird, I know, but my parents raised me to not be a picky eater-so I love just about everything! HAHA-these look amazing btw! I need to pick up GP's cookbook!


Bobbie said...

soo my friend was just telling me how much she loves brussel sprouts and i was like EW gross! apparently i am SOOO wrong! so now i have to see what the brussel hype is all about

:) Bobbi

Stephanie said...

This looks delicious! I've only recently discovered a taste for brussel sprouts. I'll have to try this out!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

That's one way to make brussel sprouts tastier. Never thought of it.

Shannon Olson said...

This look so yummy! I love veggies with lemon, I am going to have to give this a try =)

Lindsey said...

I am terrified of brussel sprouts, but these pictures make them look....dare I say... really tasty. You have convinced me to give these guys a second chance!

Catherine said...

That lemon is so adorable- which is not a word I thought I'd ever use about a lemon!

How does it taste? Like a regular lemon?

Lorena said...

I have never tried brussel sprouts. Ever. I see them in the supermarket but they never seemed appealing to me. Yours look great.

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