Tasty Brussels Sprouts

18 Jan

Whenever I tried to cook Brussels sprouts before this recipe, they always turned out too bitter. But I had the below dish at a party, loved it, and asked for the recipe. It’s a bit of a winger, since Christina didn’t send the recipe to me with a ton of detail, but I’ve always had success with it. It’s also great as leftovers. Enjoy and try it even if you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts!


  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 1/4 to 1/8 lb shallots
  • 1-2 tbsp butter or olive oil or both
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or water, it seems like the broth is tastier though)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon and pepper flakes to taste


Cut off and discard the ends of the sprouts and halve them.

Slice 1/8-1/4 lb of shallots. Caramelize slowly over low-med heat in a butter/olive oil combo. Be sure to salt them as you’re cooking them. Remove shallots from pan.

In same pan, add more olive oil and butter, turn to med-high and caramelize the sprouts, stirring only a few times.

Once you’ve reached satisfactory caramelly goodness, add stock or water and cover to soften. Cook for 10 min or so. Add the shallots back.

Salt and pepper to taste. Finish with red pepper flakes and a squeeze of lemon.

Cook’s note: If you like bacon, use it instead of shallots, or even in concert with them, instead of the oil/butter.

–Recipe courtesy Christina Donley.

Finished sprouts (not as caramelized as I normally do them):


Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Tasty Brussels Sprouts

  1. Nathalie (@anathemalie)

    April 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I mean to leave this as a comment ages ago but, do check this BS recipe out:

    Plenty similar to this recipe, but with (dun dun DUN) mustard. Figure I couldn’t go wrong recommending a mustardy variation.

  2. Emily

    April 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Woody is intrigued. I suspect I shall be making this!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: