When it’s time for holiday celebrations, brussels sprouts have become a staple of some western family meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. These guys get a lot of bad rap but when sautéed or roasted to allow for some caramelization they are a tasty side everyone will be grabbing for.
So moral of this short story, fry, bake, grill, whatever to your brussels sprouts to get a nice crunch. Never, please never, boil, or steam them.
To add extra flavor and caramelization to your brussels sprouts, I’ve taken my mom’s recipe for honey brussels sprouts, and it is a dinner pleaser. A simple and sweet side that may take center stage at your next dinner party.
- 600g of brussels sprouts
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 and a ½ tbsp of honey
- 3-4 tbsp of oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the bottom stems off of the brussels sprouts and remove any outer leaves with blemishes. Then slice your brussels sprouts in half if they are small or in quarters if they are large. Mince your garlic and set aside.
- In a pan on medium-high heat, heat about 1-2 tbsp of oil. Once the pan and oil are hot, add the brussels sprouts. Mix them to ensure the oil covers them. Then evenly spread them out in the pan. Now, don’t stir them for about 2 minutes to allow the sprouts to start to char.
- After a couple of minutes, stir the brussels sprouts and then spread them out evenly to allow another side to develop color for 1-2 minutes. Repeat this 2-3 more additional times. You may want to 1 tbsp of oil at some point as the oil would be absorbed, and your brussels sprouts may start to burn rather than lightly fry.
- Once your brussels sprouts have a golden fry on multiple sides and have turned bright green, add the garlic with the remaining oil.
Top Tip: Pour the oil into the pan over your stirring tool. Then use this tool to scoop the honey into the dish. This will help prevent the honey from sticking to your spoon/spatula.
- Cook the garlic till fragrant which should be about 30 seconds. Then add the honey and mix it in with the brussels sprouts and garlic. Turn the heat down to about medium and stir the veggies to coat them in the honey and to allow any liquid to dissipate.
- After about 1 minute of cooking, you can turn the heat off and then add salt and pepper to taste to your brussels sprouts. Place in a dish and they are ready to serve to your guests.