– Sauteed Brussels Sprouts – one of my favorite Thanksgiving sides recipes! –
I love Brussels sprouts, so I dig up my favorite Brussels sprouts recipe the moment I see these mini cabbage-looking guys pop up at my local farmers market. Something about their diminutive size and bright green color just tickles me. Don’t tell anyone, but I have dreams where I’m rolling around in a huge bin full of Brussels sprouts, tossing them in every direction like confetti. Does that make me weird?
Instead of buying Brussels sprouts loose, I buy them on the stalk – that way I get the joy of popping the little buggers off with a paring knife. In my experience, they tend to last longer if you buy them on the stalk, since you’re able to stick the end in a bowl of water, much like you would do with a bouquet of flowers. I’ve kept my Brussels sprouts fresh for over a week this way.
Since I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, I tend to like my savory dishes with a touch of fruit to add a sweet element to the overall flavor. This Brussels sprouts recipe, however, is more tart than sweet. The tartness of the apricots rounds out the bitter Brussels sprouts perfectly. If you’re feeling festive, you can substitute dried cranberries for the apricots, making a more traditional Thanksgiving dish. This recipe is can easily be made vegan-friendly by using olive oil in place of bacon fat.
Another thing I love about this dish – it fries up well the next day for breakfast. Do I hear a collective wince, followed by the question: “Brussels sprouts for breakfast?” Hey, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.
- 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped coarsely
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 3 tablespoons bacon fat (or butter, or olive oil)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
- 2 Fuyu persimmons, chopped
- Place apricots in a bowl with warm water and let sit for 20 minutes. Drain apricots and set aside, discarding water.
- Wash and dry Brussels sprouts. Slice thinly using either a knife or the disk attachment of your food processor.
- Heat a small frying pan over medium heat and add walnuts, agitating occasionally. Toast until they darken in color a bit and become fragrant, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
- In a medium saute pan, melt bacon fat (or oil of your choice). Add the Brussels sprouts, salt, pepper, persimmon, and apricots, stirring well, cooking just until the Brussels sprouts turn bright green and are tender to the bite, about 5 minutes. Stir in walnuts and cook for 1 minute. Serve hot.
If you like this Brussels sprouts recipe, check out these other autumn side dishes: