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Really crazy good Brussels sprouts

October  7, 2013
Author Notes

This recipe actually came about because of a dinner I had at Food52er Midge's house a while back! She told me about a friend who had made her Brussels sprouts with molasses, and I thought that sounded both counterintuitive and intriguing enough to try. I gave it a try, sauteeing my sprouts with some garlic as well, to counterbalance the sweet of the molasses and DANG it was so good. This is my favorite Brussels sprouts recipe, and tends to become that for anyone I serve them to as well! Plus, it's incredibly easy. —fiveandspice

  • Serves about 6 (or more like 2 if you can't stop eating it, like me)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, cleaned and halved
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
In This Recipe
  1. In a very large sautee pan, heat the butter and the olive oil over medium-high until the butter is melted and bubbling. Put the Brussels sprouts into the pan cut sides down. Leave them to cook without stirring them around for several minutes (3 or so), until the cut sides of the sprouts have developed a brown crust. Then flip them all.
  2. Sprinkle with salt, add the garlic, and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes, until the garlic is golden.
  3. Next add a little splash of water (about 1 Tbs.) and the molasses. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently to get the Brussels sprouts coated with the molasses as it thickens. Cook until the Brussels sprouts are tender, several more minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve!

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I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.