And so begins my second (perhaps annual...check back next year) post on Brussels sprouts, please fine "Cheesy, Chewy, Crunchy, Yummy (I promise!) Brussels Sprouts here http://bit.ly/uINiIC. Why the continued fascination with mini cabbages? Because they're so cute and crunchy and grow on the most amazing stalks. Photos after the jump are a must see (as are the ones of my dog eating a fallen Brussel). Last year I found the stalks at a specialty market, but this year they were at Safeway! And the cashier thought they were some sort of artistic Christmas tree...but then I thought, well aren't they? But the moment did give me the motivation to continue my crusade to popularize this ill reputed vegetable. It really is delicious.
This time I played on some classic seasonal flavors and added cranberries and walnuts. I really loved the combination and have been eating them cold out of the fridge as a snack...which I'm not going to recommend unless you are as sprout supportive as I am. But warm and fresh this recipe will be a crowd pleaser.
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries
1 lb. Brussels sprouts (fresh not frozen)
1 small onion (or 1/2 a large one)
1 tblsp. butter
2 tblsp. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
4 oz. dried cranberries
1/4 cup walnuts
Start by rinsing the Brussels sprouts, and breaking them off their stalks. Then chop them in half, especially if they are large. Chop your onion as well into little pieces.
In a large pan melt the butter and oil on medium high heat.
Add the onions and let them cook for about 3 minutes until they soften and become translucent.
Next add in your chopped Brussels sprouts and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
The next step is to cover the pan and cook for another 3 minutes, but if the pan is dry at this point or the Brussels are starting to burn add a tablespoon or two of water first and turn down the heat a little.
Next add the walnuts and cranberries and heat uncovered for 1-2 minutes more.
Serve warm, and enjoy!
And now, a slide show of my dog Rocket eating a fallen Brussels sprout..