Marinated Brussels Sprouts with a Dark Chocolate Cayenne Sauce

October 26, 2009
5 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

This is not your typical brussels sprouts recipe, however, the intricate combination of the cayenne-chocolate flavors will make even the biggest brussels sprouts critic fall in love with this veg! My fascination with making unusual flavors work together inspired this recipe. —Mariya

What You'll Need
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.5 cups brussels sprouts-quartered, with ends trimmed
  • 2 ounces olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon shallot-minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1.5 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons dark chocolate-chopped
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  1. Combine balsamic vinegar with olive oil and add brussels sprouts; marinate for 10 minutes.
  2. Add olive oil to a hot sauté pan and sweat shallots.
  3. Add marinated brussels sprouts to pan and sauté on high heat for ~3 min.
  4. Add cayenne and chicken stock-to the half-way point of the brussels sprouts.
  5. As soon as the liquid comes to a boil, turn the heat down, and simmer (covered) until brussels sprouts are just tender (approximately 15 min); remove brussels sprouts.
  6. Add the rest of the chicken stock to the pan and reduce the liquid by half; season.
  7. Take the pan off the heat and add chocolate, until melted.
  8. Serve the pan sauce over brussels sprouts.
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7 Reviews

SlipperyPencil October 12, 2021
Sounds amazing, tastes awful. I think it's the marinade that ruins it. Maybe if the plain brussels sprouts are roasted until they start to caramelize and then the sauce is poured on top, they'd turn out better.
Juliann December 28, 2016
I'm trying this tonight. It would help me to know the weight of the brussels sprouts and the weight of the chocolate. A pound of sprouts and 1 oz. of chocolate?
BoulderGalinTokyo November 11, 2010
Looks wonderful. What kind of chocolate do you recommend?
Pete October 29, 2009
Looks awesome, the flavor combination is really interesting.
joannE. October 27, 2009
Sounds Delish!
joannE. October 27, 2009
Sounds Delish!
joannE. October 27, 2009
Sounds Delish!