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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Slice of Tasty : Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts and tasty probably don't seem to go together, but after you try this recipe, you may think different!

The hubby politely ate the dish and said it tasted. . . "healthy", which put a smile on my face and made me giggle, because we all know it wasn't beans and cornbread, or biscuits and gravy, which he would have rather had. And I know, it was probably too girly of a dish and should not have been the main course, but hey, it was "healthy"!

I, on the other hand, LOVED it! I honestly didn't think brussels sprouts could ever be prepared to where I would crave them, but this dish did it. So try it and fogetaboutit ( :

I have to give credit to Williams-Sonoma's Dinner Parties, for the recipe, which I of course then "tweaked" a bit.

How attractive is that dish! 
What you need:
1 lb Brussels Sprouts
1 Sweet Onion
1 TBS butter
EVOO to taste
Balsamic Vinegar to taste
Pancetta or Bacon (optional)
S & P to taste

Chop the onion up in thin slices and saute it with roughly 1 tbs of EVOO and 1 tbs of butter, for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.
Wash the brussels sprouts and remove any bad leaves (if you cook them the day you buy them, you don't have to worry about it, because there shouldn't be any). Then slice them in half and mix them with salt, pepper, EVOO, and about 1 tbs of the vinegar. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast them at 450 F for about 15-20 min or until they are tender when pierced and edges are lightly brown.

Once they are done roasting, mix them with the onions and another tbs of vinegar while heating it on the stove for another few minutes until all of it is mixed and then serve it up!

(If you add the pancetta or bacon, cook the meat first and then add it at the end when you mix the sprouts with the onions, and you can also saute the onions in the meat grease, but that would make it less "healthy", but of course more flavorful).

Seriously, try it. Don't let the sprouts scare you. It is quite simple, and will definitely be made again in this household (although it might be for lunch, while the hubby is at work : ) )

Notice I roasted mine a bit longer for added crispiness, and don't notice the quality of my photo taken with the magnificent LD (low definition) Iphone camera itself!

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