Sunday, January 2, 2011

Shredded Brussel Sprouts

Have you ever felt like you were the last person in the world to discover something. Well that's what it feels like with shredded Brussel sprouts. In early December I was visiting with friends in Seattle, and Lynn told me about sauteing shredded Brussel sprouts. I listen, but not so well as to memorize the recipe. Then for Christmas dinner I bought a bunch of Brussel sprouts, thinking I'll try to remember what Lynn said. What I did turned out to be a really big hit. This is among absolute die-hard Brussel spout haters! I've since discovered that you can add all kinds of things with shredded Brussel sprouts.

Brussel sprouts
butter or olive oil, or a combination of the two.
pancetta or ham or bacon, diced up
some minced onion
salt and pepper
a bit of sugar (optional)
maybe some balsamic vinegar, or maybe some other kind (optional)
nuts of your choice (optional)

You can shred the Brussel sprouts in the food processor, or do it by hand. I prefer the hand method. Saute the onions, then add the meat and saute to cook. Then add the Brussel sprouts. They don't take long to cook. Stir them a bunch. Add the seasons you like and cook just a bit and taste to see what you think. Actually, everything but the Brussel sprouts is optional. Well you need butter or oil too.

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