I started making this recipe during the mid-fall “crossover” season, when both fall and winter vegetables were newly available in the market and my chili plants were still pumping out their very last fruits before the frost. Hungarian Hot Wax peppers from the garden were a perfect match for the assertive flavor of the sprouts, but in the dead of winter I’ll use Italian frying peppers and a green jalapeño from the supermarket instead. This dish is just as delicious alongside a steak or piece of fish as it is spooned into tacos or served over steamed grains.
Serves 4 as a side dish
1 pound large Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion or shallot, slivered
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2 medium Italian frying peppers, seeded and slivered
1 jalapeño, thinly sliced into rounds (seeds left in if you like the heat, otherwise seeded and membranes removed)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4–5 scallions, sliced
Lemon or lime juice, for serving
Using a sharp knife, sliver the Brussels sprouts crosswise, collecting any loose leaves, and toss with your hands in a bowl to separate into shreds.
In a cast-iron skillet, heat 2–3 tablespoons olive oil over high and add the onion and cumin seeds. Stir to combine, then add the peppers and jalapeño. Sauté 2 minutes, until the onions and peppers begin to brown at the edges, then add the shredded sprouts. Cook 2–3 minutes more, stirring, or until the sprouts are bright green and also beginning to brown at the edges. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the scallions and the citrus juice, then spoon onto a serving plate. Serve hot.
Sarah Blackburn is a home cook, recipe developer, soccer mom, Italophile and managing editor at Edible Boston. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.