Organic Brussel Sprouts, Grilled Brussel Sprouts
Okay, I know, you don’t really like brussel sprouts. Maybe they need their own Fan page on facebook! These poor, maligned, cruciferous morsels deserve a fresh look.
When I was growing up, I always knew when brussel sprouts were on the menu because you could smell them cooking before you even came into the house! And it wasn’t an enticing aroma, either. It was foul! Boiled and served with mayo, they were definitely an acquired taste menu item!
If you haven’t noticed already, I love my griddle! Flat on one side and grooved on the other, this stove top, cast iron beauty can turn even brussel sprouts into something d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. I don’t know the science behind it, but my taste buds know the difference. Try this yourself for incorporating these oh-so-healthful doll-sized cabbages into your diet. If you’re already a fan you’ll love this simple variation.
Trim the stems and slice individual sprouts in half. Place on the preheated griddle, face down. With a medium low flame it takes 7 -10 minutes to get nice grill marks going. I added about a 3/4 cup of California walnuts to the dry grill to bring out their nutty flavor. With a drizzle of white truffle oil, turn the brussel sprouts over. You will notice a change in color as they cook, another 10 minutes or so, depending on the heat. Don’t cook them too fast, they won’t be tender. Don’t over cook them, or their vibrancy will be lost.
Toss with the roasted walnuts, a little balsamic vinegar, freshly ground pepper and sea salt. I used apricot sea salt for a subtle layer of surprise. Spoon into a serving dish if you’re feeling fancy. Enjoy!
Photos by: Lisa Keating
Products featured in this recipe, aged balsamic vinegar, white truffle oil, (you might also like – walnut oil), my favorite Le Creuset stovetop grill and this beautiful China bowl by Lenox in Federal Platinum. My balsamic vinegar was from Trader Joe’s, if you don’t have one near by, you can order this fancy one aged 14 years! My truffle oil is produced locally, but this brand looks like a good substitute.: