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Veggie Porn II: Cranberry Almond Brussels Sprouts

Growing up, my mother said that if I ate my vegetables, I would grow up tall and strong. Well Mom, I am neither tall or strong; but at least I am healthy. As an adult, I have embraced almost every vegetable from asparagus to zucchini.

There was one vegetable that I just could not seem to embrace, Brussels sprouts. This green veggie that resembles cabbage, was absolutely too bitter for my taste buds.

Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts

Last year, I had dined at restaurant that added Brussels sprouts to a dish with sea scallops, pecans, and other vegetables. The Brussels sprouts were cooked just right. I could not replicate the complexity of the flavors in that dish so I made a simpler and yummy Brussels sprout dish.

To make Brussels sprouts pleasing to my palette, I add nuts (preferably almonds or pecans) and dried cranberries. For this recipe, I used almonds.

Almonds & Craisins

Almonds & Dried Cranberries

1 lb. Brussels sprouts, cleaned & cut in half
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup almonds, sliced or slivers
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon chopped shallots
1 teaspoon maple syrup
pinch of salt

ONEAdd water to pot large enough to hold the Brussels sprouts. Add pot to medium heat.
TWOAdd salt and shallots.
THREECover pot & boil for about 2 minutes.
FOURAdd Brussels sprouts to pot. Return cover to pot. NOTE: Additional water will be created from the steam because the pot is covered & cooking over low to medium heat.
FIVECook Brussels sprouts for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Be careful to not overcook.
SIXWhile Brussels sprouts are cooking, add remaining ingredients to a nonstick skillet.
SEVENCook on low to medium heat for about five minutes.
EIGHTDrain water from Brussels sprouts.
NINEAdd almond and dried cranberry mixture to Brussels sprouts.
TENEnjoy!!

Almond Cranberry  Brussels Sprouts

Cranberry Almond Brussels Sprouts

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