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whiskey-glazed brussel sprouts

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, side dishes, vegetarian on 10.15.11 at 8:40 pm

brussel sprouts, anyone? anyone?

i was never really a fan of brussel sprouts until i saw them on a cooking segment on the telly a few months ago (thanks to kary, steven & chris!). the whiskey glaze is a great way to balance out the bitterness of the brussel sprouts. i added some ground nutmeg, too, for some good measure. sweet.

prep sprouts:
– 3 cups organic brussel sprouts: rinse well w/ cold water in colander. rinse in between layers to remove excess soil & sand.
– chop off a thin layer at the base of the brussel sprout to remove the brown part
– cut an “X” at the base of the brussel sprout to help it cook evenly through

blanch sprouts:
– heat up large saucepan on high heat
– drizzle 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil to pan
– add brussel sprouts (prepped) to pan & add a shallow layer of water
– blanch the brussel sprouts for a few min (until slightly tender), just to get them nice and green
– once water is absorbed, remove sprouts from pan and drain in colander

prep sprouts:
– melt 1.5-2 tbsp unsalted butter in the same saucepan
– add blanched brussel sprouts to butter in pan
– drizzle 1 shot (1 oz) of scotch whiskey over the brussel sprouts
– season w/ ground nutmeg
– sauté the sprouts for a few min until coated with melted butter

– melt another 1-1.5 tbsp unsalted butter on sprouts
– remove from heat & set aside

food styling:
– dish up in a serving bowl
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– pairs nicely as a side dish w/ turkey or chicken


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  1. My favorite vegetable! Great way to serve it.

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  2. How on earth did I miss this one? You’re using bourbon, not Scotch right? Whiskey not whisky. Just checking, seems like bourbon would be nice and sweet. I love brussel sprouts.

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    • it was a scotch whisky that my dad opened at thanksgiving weekend. hmmm, bourbon -might add a sweet twist to this recipe. let me know if you decide to try it out. cheers!

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  3. These look fantastic!!!

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