Posted: 7.11.2012 | | Labels:

a vegetable i did not love until last year is now quickly becoming a favorite of mine. this delicious vegetable would be: brussels sprouts! i am like totally obsessed and i don't care who knows it. it all started when my friend emily came over one day with some brussels sprouts and gave me some to try. it was love at first...taste? 

i am currently doing a 12 week program where i basically am deprived of all food (just kidding i am totally exaggerating i just want you to feel bad for me) and while grocery shopping this week i came across brussels sprouts and decided to bring some home to cook. so glad i did!

this has to be the easiest meal in the world because it takes a total of about 10 minutes and it only requires four ingredients, three of which you probably already have at home.

24 small brussels sprouts
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for rubbing
fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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.

so, next time you guys need a quick dinner you know what to do!


*recipe taken from 101 cookbooks