Saturday, February 09, 2008

Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

I have wanted to try brussel sprouts for the longest time. I was curious to see how they tasted and what their texture was like. I found a couple of recipes that didn't seem like they offered a lot of flavor and a couple of more complex recipes that has to many ingredients. So I found the recipe below, and I think it is a keeper! I will say that we both liked this recipe (Jim hasn't had brussel sprouts before either) and I will continue to look for other recipes that use them. They had a slight nutty taste and had a texture of like a warm thicker lettuce.

24 small brussels sprouts

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for rubbing

fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup grated cheese of your choice (I used parmesan)

Hot Pepper flakes (the original recipe didn't call for this, but I thought it might be good and it was)

Wash the brussels sprouts well. Trim the stem ends and remove any raggy outer leaves. Cut in half from stem to top and gently rub each half with olive oil, keeping it intact (or if you are lazy just toss them in a bowl with a glug of olive oil).Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in your largest skillet over medium heat. Don’t overheat the skillet, or the outsides of the brussels sprouts will cook too quickly. Place the brussels sprouts in the pan flat side down (single-layer), sprinkle with a couple pinches of salt, cover, and cook for roughly 5 minutes; the bottoms of the sprouts should only show a hint of browning. Cut into or taste one of the sprouts to gauge whether they’re tender throughout. If not, cover and cook for a few more minutes.Once just tender, uncover, turn up the heat, and cook until the flat sides are deep brown and caramelized. Use a metal spatula to toss them once or twice to get some browning on the rounded side. Season with more salt, a few grinds of pepper, a dusting of grated cheese and the pepper flakes. While you might be able to get away with keeping a platter of these warm in the oven for a few minutes, they are exponentially tastier if popped in your mouth immediately.

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