Brussels Sprouts and Caramelized Shallots

20 Oct

Brussels Sprouts and Caramelized Shallots are your secret weapon against the picky eaters in your house.  Thinly sliced with delicate sweet and salty flavor, amazing.

Brussels Sprouts are in the Brassicaceae family, same as cabbage and broccoli.  They are a type of wild cabbage, and cultivated for their small size and delicate flavor.  Plants in the Brassicaceae family contain a chemical called sulforaphane, believed to have potent anti-cancer properties.  Although boiling reduced the level of anti-cancer compounds, steaming, stir-frying, and microwaving does not result in a significant loss.  If you have some picky eaters in your family, that like to avoid cabbage like the plague, Brussels Sprouts and Caramelized Shallots is your secret weapon.

Thinly slicing the Sprouts makes them easier to eat, and for some, more appealing to look at.  Adding the Caramelized Shallots, brings something really special to the dish, and their sweetness brings out the best in the Brussels Sprouts.  My husband has never eaten Brussels Sprouts when I made them before.  I used to just steam them, and he would complain about the smell.  This time, when he came down stairs he raved about how awesome they looked, smelled, and tasted!  He couldn’t get enough.  This side dish would be the perfect accompaniment with your thanksgiving meal.

5 Responses to “Brussels Sprouts and Caramelized Shallots”

  1. Rose October 20, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    This sounds amazing! Definitely trying this recipe tomorrow with dinner. Thanks Brooke!

    • Brooke Crigger October 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

      They are very good, I hope you enjoy them Rose!

  2. Lisa November 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    These look great. I wonder if it would work if I replace the sugar with agave?

  3. Brooke Crigger November 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    Lisa, you can give that a shot. From what I understand you would want to use a little less agave than you would sugar, and reduce the cooking temperature. Let me know how it turns out!

  4. Shani Derico January 1, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Nice recipe idea. Dying to make these detailed instructions!

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