There was a time when “eat your brussels sprouts” brought about many people, me included, to make a face and tuck the offending orbs into our napkins.
Now, nevertheless, these little cabbage buds of deliciousness are on restaurant menus and dinner tables all through the town. The reason being that we have embraced numerous methods to to make them style nice, with out deep-frying them and dipping them in aioli. (MarthaStewart.com has 25 (!) recipes to attempt.)
In case you’re on the lookout for a fast addition to a vacation meals, a brussels sprouts aspect is nearly good. It may be the yin to the yang of wealthy dressings, sweetened-up candy potatoes and bourbon-drenched pecan pies.
Better of all, most iterations of this dish could be prepared in about 20 to 25 minutes.
How I make them: I store for about 2 kilos of the freshest, smallish sprouts I can discover. I peel off the harder outer leaves and stems, if needed, and reduce the orbs in half. (If the sprouts are giant, quarter them.) I toss them with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, a sprinkle of kosher salt and plenty of freshly floor pepper.
I put them minimize-aspect down in my 18-by-12-by-2 Magnalite lasagna pan and roast them on a excessive rack in a preheated four hundred-diploma oven for about quarter-hour or so till the bottoms are simply caramelized. (Some sprouts could also be on prime of each other. That is OK.)
Then I take away the pan from the oven, sprinkle two teaspoons of sugar as evenly as I can over the sprouts and squeeze a big, juicy lemon over them as nicely. I toss them nicely. I unfold the sprouts as evenly within the pan as I can and return it to the oven for an additional 10 minutes, checking them after 5 minutes, to permit the sugar to caramelize a bit however let the sprouts retain a agency chew.
And, voila, a vacation aspect dish is born in about 20 minutes.
(Additionally, should you put brussels sprouts in your subsequent seafood boil, reserve a bunch to roast afterward. They’re deliciously spicy, candy. See my Roasted Seafood Brussels Sprouts at NOLA.com/meals.)
Once I say these recipes are so easy a toddler might make them, I imply it. Emma Philippus, then eleven, gained our Southern Women Prepare dinner-off in December 2016 together with her flavorful, pan-fried Creole Brussels Sprouts with tasso, bacon, cranberries and pine nuts. (Discover that recipe in our searchable archive of recipes at NOLA.com/meals as properly.)
If you cannot discover the recent ones, Molly Kimball has a recipe for utilizing frozen brussels sprouts that…