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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Shallots & Garlic


It's interesting that so many people cringe when you mention Brussels Sprouts. This might have something to do with the way they were introduced to this vegetable. But just like everything else, there are ways to make everything taste good. First of all Brussels Sprouts are good for you. This food is rich in vitamins, folate, and best of all, they are chock full of fiber.

You can steam or boil them but I like to fry them until they caramelize and their edges get crisp and golden brown. Cooking them with shallots and lots of garlic takes these little cabbages to another level of delicious.

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Ingredients...

  • 1 pound (10-12 large) Brussels Sprouts, washed, trimmed, and quartered.
  • 4 small Shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4-6 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper
Here's how you do it...
  1. Heat your skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the oil.
  3. Add the sliced shallots, stir and cook 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the minced garlic, stir and cook another 2 minutes
  5. Add the Brussels Sprouts, cut side down
  6. Sprinkle with Salt & Pepper
  7. Allow to cook, undisturbed 2 minutes
  8. Cover and reduce heat to Low for 5 minutes.
  9. Uncover, raise the heat back up to medium and toss.
  10. Toss occasionally and cook another 5-20 minutes until the edges become golden brown and crisp.
  11. Taste and adjust Salt & Pepper to taste.
Serve & enjoy!

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