Is it just me, or are brussels sprouts just a cute little veggie? They are like bright green baby cabbages. They taste a lot like cabbage too, and since I love cabbage, I guess that’s one reason why they appeal to me! If you think you hate brussels sprouts, that you absolutely abhor the little buggers, then allow me to suggest it is probably due to the way they were cooked. If brussels sprouts are overcooked they release some kind of chemical (forget the name of it!) and it makes them taste very bitter and not smell too sweet either! But if you cook them right, they have a delicate, delicious flavor that is really wonderful. This “recipe” really isn’t a recipe, just a perfect way to cook brussels sprouts (in my opinion, haha!) They get steamed a little in the beginning and then sauteed and caramelized a bit to a yummy golden color. Top with a sprinkle of cheese and brussels sprouts never tasted better!
Golden Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
submitted by Brittany ~ The Sisters Cafe
small brussels sprouts
extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Wash the brussels sprouts well. Trim the stems and remove any loose or yellow outer leaves. You want to be left with just a tight, bright green sprout. Cut the small ones in half from stem to top. Any larger ones, cut in quarters, from stem to top. You want all the pieces to be roughly the same size. Toss brussels sprouts in a bowl with a few tablespoons of olive oil so they are all coated.
Heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in your largest skillet over medium heat. 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. Pierce with a fork or knife 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. Toss them once or twice to get some browning on the rounded side. Season to taste with more salt and freshly ground pepper. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top and serve immediately.