New to Brussels sprouts or not a big fan? I know I wasn’t a big fan of them. They either tasted bland or bitter. I didn’t know that they could taste good until my husband and I went to Walker’s Grille (a local restaurant) recently. I had one of the specials, Seared Hudson Valley Duck Breast and it was served with mashed potatoes and sauteed Brussels sprouts. I was just going to give them to my husband…that is until I saw them. They looked delicious, so I had to take a bite. Fabulous!
So, if you feel the same way about sprouts that I did maybe you just need to try a different method of cooking them. The first time I made them at home, I roasted them. I liked them but my husband said that he prefers sprouts steamed. So that’s what I did this time…steamed them…and then spruced them up a bit at the end.
Try this simple yet delicious recipe for Brussels sprouts with toasted almonds.
1 lb fresh brussels sprouts
2-3 Tbsp Hemp oil
2-3 Tbsp of Earth Balance (or butter or more hemp oil)
1/2 onion, chopped
Salt and Pepper
1/2 of lemon
1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
Clean and discard old looking outer leaves. Steam brussels sprouts for 5-8 minutes until tender. They should be cooked almost all the way through. Split one in half to test. Drain the hot water and place the sprouts in a bowl of ice water. This will stop them from cooking and allow the bright green to stay. When sprouts are slightly cooled, cut them in half.
Heat 2-3 Tbsp of Hemp oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
Add 2-3 Tbsp butter and the brussels sprouts halves. Increase the heat to medium high and cook for several more minutes.
Salt and pepper to taste, while the brussels sprouts are cooking.
Do not overcook! Overcooked brussels sprouts are bitter and are the main reason why some people don’t like them.
Remove pan from. Squeeze lemon juice over sprouts and half of the toasted almonds. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place in serving dish and garnish with remaining toasted almonds.