Like so many people, I hated Brussels sprouts when I was little. But that was because we only had them steamed or boiled (which, personally, I think should be outlawed). Once I discovered the joy of sauteed or roasted Brussels, they quickly became one of my favorite vegetables. This is a very simple preparation because that's all they really need. It was born out of a regular episode of sauteeing Brussels sprouts where they were left just a little too long until they lightly charred. That charred flavor, with a bright little splash of vinaigrette, turned out to be wonderful with the sweetness in a well cooked young Brussels sprout. - fiveandspice —fiveandspice
Test Kitchen Notes
This is a great simple preparation, the sprouts were done while maintaining a nice crunch. Sauteing removed some of the strong taste associated with this vegetable. I used approximately 2 tablespoons of sherry wine vinegar and a good 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. A sublime dish—wish I'd made it for Thanksgiving. —shelovestocook
Brussels sprouts (preferrably small ones), cleaned and halved lengthwise
butter, plus a little more if necessary
In a very large sautee pan, heat the butter over medium-high until it 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 (3-5), until the cut sides of the sprouts have developed a dark brown crust. Then flip them all.
If the pan is totally dry, at this point, add another little pat of butter. Cook the rounded sides of the sprouts for about 1 minutes, then pour in the water and turn the heat down to simmer, to let the Brussels sprouts cook through. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
Once all of the water has evaporated off, splash the Brussels sprouts with a little sherry vinegar and toss them. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan.
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.