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Friday, November 26, 2010

Browned Brussels Sprouts

I was reading an article from my mother (breast cancer survivor) just this morning about the benefits of eating cabbage-type food.  I thought with gladness about the big bag of Brussels Sprouts in my fridge, just waiting to be browned within an inch of their lives.

This recipe is all mine.  It doesn't work quite as well with frozen Brussels Sprouts, so I tend to make it when they go on sale for the holiday season.  If you like them softer, add a little more water so that they braise longer.  You could also add seasonings with the water such as cayenne, or a dollop of mustard.  You could also add thyme instead at the end...etc. etc. etc.

9 Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and cut into quarters along the stem
1/2 T olive oil
1/4 c water
1 T butter
1 garlic
S&P to taste

Saute the sprouts in the olive oil for about 4 minutes over medium high heat.  Add the water and simmer until dry and the sprouts have softened.  Add the butter and saute, stirring constantly, until they are a deep brown color.  Add garlic toward the very end.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

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