Thursday, December 22, 2011

#51 New Recipes - Cider-Cinnamon Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts?! EEEEWWWWWWWW!

That's the usual reaction. That was my reaction up until a few years ago when I had Brussels sprouts with bacon, and cooked correctly. They can be off in taste or texture if not done correctly, they can be bitter or mushy or hard, all of which make kids go "EW."

Normally I only eat Brussels sprouts when they have bacon in them, as that's how they were cooked the first time I tried some that I liked. Last night I decided to branch out a little more and try to make my own Brussels sprouts for the first time, without bacon! These are both easy and delicious, not to mention very healthy!

Cider-Cinnamon Brussels Sprouts
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
1 large apple, diced
1 large pear, diced
1 cup apple cider
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1. In a large pan over medium heat, heat oil. Cook Brussels sprouts cut side down, flipping once, until browned 10-12 minutes.
You want to make sure they don't burn. And it's hard to flip them out of being face-side down, because you're trying to flip them on their rounded side, so make sure you keep an eye on them and keep moving them around every couple of minutes to make sure they aren't burning.

2. Add pear and apple, cook until soft (about 5 minutes)

3. Add cider and cinnamon; simmer, stirring, until all liquid cooks away.

To be honest, when I read the directions I missed the "until all liquid cooks away" and the Brussels sprouts were still delicious. However, a LOT of the liquid had cooked away when I took them off the stove. You need to do this because the liquid is what leeches the bitterness out of the sprouts and makes them yummy!

I'm definitely going to be making these again!

1 comment:

  1. i promise i will try these one days! not sure if i can get the husband to eat them....haha