Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Recipe Box - Golden Crusted Brussels Sprouts

I absolutely love brussels sprouts and this is my favourite way to cook them. Typically we use parmesan cheese, but Gouda or gruyere would also be good.  This recipe is from 101 Cookbooks November 2007.

Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts

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Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

24 small brussels sprouts
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for rubbing
fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated cheese of your choice
Wash the brussels sprouts well. Trim the stem ends and remove any raggy outer leaves. Cut in half from stem to top and gently rub each half with olive oil, keeping it intact (or if you are lazy just toss them in a bowl with a glug of olive oil).
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in your largest skillet over medium heat. Don't overheat the skillet, or the outsides of the brussels sprouts will cook too quickly. 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. Cut into or taste one of the sprouts 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. Use a metal spatula to toss them once or twice to get some browning on the rounded side. Season with more salt, a few grinds of pepper, and a dusting of grated cheese. While you might be able to get away with keeping a platter of these warm in the oven for a few minutes, they are exponentially tastier if popped in your mouth immediately.
Serves 4.


  1. Well as I can't stand Brussels Sprouts I thought I would take a look at how you cook them in this recipe, and after reading the recipe not sure if I'll like them any better. Dh on the other hand loves them and would thoroughly enjoy these.


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  3. Brussel sprouts are my favorite vegetable! I just made them this weekend by roasting in some olive oil and then tossing them in a tablespoon of grainy mustard and a tablespoon of Worcester sauce when they come out of the oven. Let them sit for a few minutes and then serve. They're so delicious I could eat them right out of the pan.

    Grated cheese sounds good, too. I'll have to give that a try.


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