CIDER-BRAISED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

The key to these sprouts is not to overcook them; you want a firm, almost crunchy texture, with lots of flavor from the caramelized cut edges. The sweet-and-and-sour punch of the cider and mustard works so well with these sometimes-bitter little buds.

SERVES 6

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 pounds Brussels sprouts, stems trimmed and quartered

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 large shallot sliced

1 clove garlic crushed or minced

1 cup local apple cider

1 teaspoon local cider vinegar

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, divided

1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

In a large saucepan on medium-high, heat the oil and add the quartered sprouts. Sear them on one side, 1-2 minutes, then flip them to brown the other cut side. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then add the shallot and garlic. Sauté, browning the shallot a bit, then add the apple cider, vinegar, mustard (whisk it into the cider), and 1 teaspoon thyme leaves. Bring the liquid to a boil and continue to cook, stirring, until the cider has reduced and the spouts are tender, just another 2-3 minutes or so. Whisk the butter into the pan sauce, then taste a sprout and add more salt and pepper if needed. Sprinkle with the remaining teaspoon of thyme leaves before serving.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Blackburn is a home cook, recipe developer, vegetable gardener and managing editor of Edible Boston. She can be reached at sarah@edibleboston.com