Brussels Sprouts Made Tasty

by Pamela

Shredded Brussel Sprouts with Hazelnuts and Cranberries

Shredded Brussel Sprouts with Hazelnuts and Cranberries

No, the title of this post “Brussels Sprouts Made Tasty” is not an oxymoron.  Of course, if I was reading this headline even a year ago I would have thought it was for sure.  Either that or some nutritionist was trying to make me feel guilty for not eating those cute little green balls of cabbage.  But for me, that’s where I drew the line for my affection toward brussels sprouts.  You know, like those miniaturized versions of big dogs – cute to look at, but not for me.

Craig always liked brussels sprouts, and I would occasionally break down and steam some for him.  He’d drizzle them with some butter and add a touch of lemon juice while I performed some overly dramatic pantomime of a slow gagging death by brussel sprout.

While at the farmer’s market last year, I saw the cutest pile of itty bitty baby brussels sprouts.  I thought to myself – how can I let something this small and cute get the better of me.  I am far too old smart to be done in by this little vegetable.  So I bought a bag of them and pondered what to do with them.  Steaming them wasn’t going to cut it, and I didn’t think that roasting them in the oven would produce something tasty.

I broke out the food processor and shredded them into a pretty pile of light green confetti.  How could something so festive looking not taste good?  I busted out a saute pan, some butter, cranberries and nuts.  The rest, as they say is history.  Now, when I make these I use different kinds of fats and whatever nuts I have on hand.  When I made this last batch, I had duck fat on hand….talk about yummy!

Relationship Advice

Craig is a creature of habit.  When he saw the pile of brussels sprout confetti, he crinkled his nose and swore he wouldn’t like it.  “I only eat my brussels sprouts steamed!”  So I told him if he didn’t want any it was fine by me…it just meant more for me.  After watching me devour my pile of confetti (remember, I never liked brussels sprouts), he dug in and starting humming.  Sometimes they just need a little nudge to venture into unfamiliar territory.

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Fresh Brussels Sprouts Shredded (trim ends and remove any yellowed leaves)
  • 2 Tablespoons Duck Fat (can use bacon fat, olive oil or butter)
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup Toasted and Chopped Hazelnuts (can also use pecans, walnuts or pine nuts)
  • Kosher Salt

Directions

Heat duck fat in medium size saute pan over medium high heat.  Once hot, add brussels sprouts.

Stir brussels sprouts to coat in duck fat.  Keep stirring sprouts so that they don’t burn.

Once edges start to brown, add in dried cranberries and nuts.

Stir again to thoroughly coat contents of pan.  Brussels sprouts should have golden brown spots and be a bright green.  They should still be slightly crunchy.

Sprinkle contents of pan with salt.

Serve while hot.

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9 comments

Alina November 22, 2009 at 11:17 am

Hmm perhaps I should try this some day – you see, I dont like Brussel sprouts at all (since childhood), but I do believe there must be a way to change the world… maybe this is just the right recipe and I will like Brussel sprouts after I try it!! At any rate, the combination of vegetable with dried cranberries and hazelnuts sounds great!

Simply Life November 15, 2009 at 5:46 am

I’m planning on making brussel sprouts this week and am loving this recipe! I never thought to put cranberries with it, but it sounds great!

Shari AKA The Saucy Gourmet November 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

oh boy, I love bussel sprouts, I love cranberries and I really love hazelnuts, can’t wait to try this! FYI, I did not shuck the oysters for the Oyster PAMA Shooters, that is my husband’s job:-)

eatlivetravelwrite November 3, 2009 at 8:42 am

Thanks for posting this – I am not a fan but Neil is so this might appeal to my tastebuds…

Kel November 1, 2009 at 5:49 pm

I am SO going to make this for my Clean Eating Thanksgiving! (Well, clean eating with a little bacon on the side!)

Thanks so much for this post!

lululu November 1, 2009 at 4:47 pm

that is exactly my kinda of veggi dish, i love the bitterness of brussel sprout, it goes perfectly with sweet cranberries and crunchy nuts!

though i know my husband wont like it, cos he doesnt like dried fruit at all!

Miriam/The Winter Guest November 1, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I love Brussels sprouts and shredding them sounds weird to me too… :-) but I’m willing to give this a try, the combination of flavors looks like it works… Anything is more tasty with duck fat, hazelnuts and cranberries…

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