Side Dish

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts

Don’t leave!

I know, I know, Brussel sprouts have a total bad rap! But just trust me for a second, ok? Have I ever lead you astray?

When I told my husband I wanted to try brussel sprouts, he told me he would divorce me if I brought them home. So you know what I did? I bought them. And I hid them in the very back of the refrigerator and piled a bunch of stuff in front of them. And then I cooked them when he wasn’t looking, but I shredded them so he couldn’t tell what they were.

When we sat down to dinner last night he said, “What is this?”
“Have you tasted them?”
“Try them first.”
“Wow! These are really good! What are they?”
“Brussel Sprouts!”
“No! What are they really?”
“Brussel Sprouts! With garlic, brown sugar, and pecans.”
“You are so divorced.”

Ha! Too bad he already admitted to liking them! And when I mentioned maybe having them again sometime, he said that would be ok! Imagine that! And honestly, I was really surprised myself at how good these actually were!

Have you tried brussel sprouts yet? What is your favorite way to eat them?
Caramelized Brussel Sprouts (Eat Live Run)
Yields: 4 servings
12-14 large brussel sprouts
1 TBSP olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
pinch sea salt
2 TBSP brown sugar
1/4 cup roughly chopped pecans or walnuts.
Slice each brussel sprout into thin strips (kind of like if you were slicing an onion, go from the end to the tip)
Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and saute the garlic for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
Add the brussel sprouts and continue sauteeing for 4-5 minutes, or until bright green and tender.
Add the sea salt and the brown sugar and toss together.
Finish by adding the nuts and allow to toast for a minute or two.


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    February 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    I actually love brussel sprouts. I think they are a great vegetable – cute mini cabbages. Yours look really good! Caramelized is the best.

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    February 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    I always hated brussel sprouts, but than I started using fresh sprouts and yum yum.

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    Ness [Six One and Then Some]
    February 27, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    I used to hate them as a kid, but I wonder now whether that was because cartoons told me that they were yuck, so I was expected to hate them?? Now, I quite like fresh brussels sprouts, preferably steamed so that they're firm but not crunchy. I like the idea of adding stuff to them, though!

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    March 15, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    I looove brussels sprouts. Lately my favorite way to make them has been to halve them and roast them in the oven with sliced almonds and then top them with crumbled gorgonzola. So good. I've never shredded them before so definitely want to try your version!

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