Ever since roasting or braising of brussels sprouts became popular, this veggie has gained a lot of attention. Prior to it being boiled (to death) these little balls of mini cabbage were not pleasantly taken to. They certainly have earned their place on the table now, especially when seared to a golden crust and topped with toasted nuts.
When selecting your brussels sprouts always look for tightly closed sprouts. I prefer those on the smaller size as cut in half they cook quickly becoming tender on the inside as well. I find that the larger ones do have a tendency to be bitter but if only larger sprouts are available, I will cut those in quarters. I vary my preparation year to year depending on whether or not my oven has room to roast them or use the stove top for quick sauté and braising.
They are best served hot. To prep ahead for this dish I’ll have my nuts toasted ahead of time and set aside. The brussels sprouts can be trimmed and lightly drizzled with olive oil and kept in the refrigerator until needed. On a side note, I’m always excited to learn new things. If you happen to grow your own brussels sprouts, David at The Gastronomic Gardener braises the large leaves as greens. Talk about using every part of the plant!
Braised Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
2 lbs. fresh Brussels sprouts, stem cut off and trimmed of outer leaves
2 medium shallots, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons vegan butter
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
½ cup pecans, toasted and chopped
In a large skillet, sauté the Brussels sprouts allowing to turn golden brown before stirring. Do not cook over high heat to avoid burning. If necessary, add a bit of olive oil. Add in the shallots and garlic and continue to cook a few minutes until the shallots are soft. Pour in the stock and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes or until a knife inserted in the sprout feels tender. Finish by adding in the 2 tablespoons of vegan butter. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove to a warmed bowl and top with the toasted pecans. Serves 8-10.
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I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.