Saturday, May 2, 2009

Brussel Sprout Hash with Carmelized Shallots

More than any other food, I hear complaints about brussel sprouts. If you ask someone what food they absolutely will not eat, they are often at the top of the list. When I was a child, I was right there in those ranks. I remember many hours at the table having a stare down with that pile of brussel sprouts that kept me from being excused from the dinner table. (I think our Golden Retriever even turned down the ones that 'accidentally' made their way to the floor.) As an adult, however, I decided to give them another try. I am so happy that I did! I don't care if they are sauteed, boiled, steamed, whatever-- I LOVE brussel sprouts. I'm not sure what the difference is, whether I just got over myself or finally developed a palate that would appreciate the flavor, but they are now one of my very favorite vegetables. So, if you have not tasted a brussel sprout since your childhood, I beg you to give them a whirl. This recipe is a great place to start. So yummy!
Brussel Sprout Hash with Carmelized Shallots
6 tablespoons butter, divided
½ pound shallots, thinly sliced
Coarse Kosher salt
4 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 ½ pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup water

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Saute until soft and golden about 10 minutes. Add vinegar and sugar. Stir until brown and glazed, about 3 minutes. Halve brussels sprouts lengthwise and then into thin ½ inch slices lengthwise. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add sprouts; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute until brown at edges, about 6 minutes. Add 1 cup water and 3 tablespoons butter. Saute until most of water evaporates,and sprouts are tender but still bright green, about 3 minutes. Add shallots, season with salt and pepper.


  1. I, too, remember not being a happy camper when Mom would serve brussel sprouts! It's funny, b/c I even remember dreading when she made roast, but now I LOVE it! I do need to give brussel sprouts a try as an adult--especially since I'm always preaching to Marcus that he needs to be more open-minded!

  2. I loved them as a kid and I love them now. My husband will not eat a boiled brussel sprout to save his life, but as soon as a shred them and saute them in white wine,garlic and bacon...he'll eat the whole pan! This one looks great - I may have to give it a try this weekend.

  3. Cathy... that sounds so good, too! I don't think I'll be able to stop thinking about it until I make it! :)

  4. I'm a sprout fan. I'm making them tonight, but I'm cheating a using the ones you steam in the microwave. If I had fresh ones I would try these out. I've been to cheap to buy fresh ones! I love the story about your 2 year old liking the song! I wish it played the entire song and I'm not sure why it cuts it off. When my 14 year old twin cousins were babies I use to sing this song to them to put them to sleep. I didn't realized it was an actual song and when I found it I had to post it. I'm on the fence about my music. I'm starting to find it extremely annoying, but get nice comments about people liking it, so I don't know whether or not to keep the music or leave it.

  5. I am so glad you tried these. It is one of my most favorite side dishes. They look terrific!