PAN-SEARED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

YOU CAN STEAM BRUSSELS SPROUTS, ROAST THEM, DEEP FRY THEM, SERVE THEM RAW AS A CAESAR SALAD, AND, IN THIS CASE, SEAR THEM IN A PAN, THEN ADD WATER AND A DASH OF LEMON JUICE AND COOK TILL THEY ARE TENDER. THE NICE THING ABOUT THIS RECIPE IS THAT SEARING THEM, EVEN CHARRING A FEW, CONTRIBUTES LAYERS OF FLAVOR TO THESE MINI CABBAGES.  THEY PAIR WELL WITH PRACTICALLY ANY HERB.  HERE, THEY’RE TOSSED WITH LEMON ZEST AND CHIVES, BUT TARRAGON, PARSLEY, DILL, MINT, OR BASIL WILL DO EQUALLY WELL.

 6 BRUSSELS SPROUTS PER PERSON
 2 LEMONS
 FRESH CHIVES AND/OR FRESH TARRAGON, BASIL, PARSLEY, OR MINT
 ½ STICK OF UNSALTED BUTTER
1

TRIM THE STEMS FROM THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND SLICE LENGTHWISE IN HALF.

GRATE THE ZEST FROM THE LEMON WITH A GRATER OR A MICROPLANE. SQUEEZE AND STRAIN THE LEMON JUICE INTO THE SAME BOWL.

HEAT A STEEP-SIDE FRYING PAN OR A WOK OVER MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT. POUR IN 2 TBSPS OF OLIVE OIL.

WHEN THE OIL SMOKES, ADD THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS. SALT. TOSS THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS IN THE PAN TILL THEY BROWN LIGHTLY. POUR IN ABOUT 1/2 CUP OF WATER, THE LEMON JUICE AND ZEST, AND COVER.

COOK FOR 5-8 MINUTES, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS. WHEN THEY ARE CLOSE TO DONE, UNCOVER AND CONTINUE COOKING TILL THEY'RE TENDER AND MOST OF THE WATER HAS BOILED OFF.

REMOVE FROM THE HEAT. ADD THE BUTTER AND STIR TILL IT'S MELTED.

CHOP THE HERBS AND TOSS WITH THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS.

 6 BRUSSELS SPROUTS PER PERSON
 2 LEMONS
 FRESH CHIVES AND/OR FRESH TARRAGON, BASIL, PARSLEY, OR MINT
 ½ STICK OF UNSALTED BUTTER
1

TRIM THE STEMS FROM THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND SLICE LENGTHWISE IN HALF.

GRATE THE ZEST FROM THE LEMON WITH A GRATER OR A MICROPLANE. SQUEEZE AND STRAIN THE LEMON JUICE INTO THE SAME BOWL.

HEAT A STEEP-SIDE FRYING PAN OR A WOK OVER MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT. POUR IN 2 TBSPS OF OLIVE OIL.

WHEN THE OIL SMOKES, ADD THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS. SALT. TOSS THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS IN THE PAN TILL THEY BROWN LIGHTLY. POUR IN ABOUT 1/2 CUP OF WATER, THE LEMON JUICE AND ZEST, AND COVER.

COOK FOR 5-8 MINUTES, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS. WHEN THEY ARE CLOSE TO DONE, UNCOVER AND CONTINUE COOKING TILL THEY'RE TENDER AND MOST OF THE WATER HAS BOILED OFF.

REMOVE FROM THE HEAT. ADD THE BUTTER AND STIR TILL IT'S MELTED.

CHOP THE HERBS AND TOSS WITH THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS.

Ingredients

 6 BRUSSELS SPROUTS PER PERSON
 2 LEMONS
 FRESH CHIVES AND/OR FRESH TARRAGON, BASIL, PARSLEY, OR MINT
 ½ STICK OF UNSALTED BUTTER

Directions

1

TRIM THE STEMS FROM THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND SLICE LENGTHWISE IN HALF.

GRATE THE ZEST FROM THE LEMON WITH A GRATER OR A MICROPLANE. SQUEEZE AND STRAIN THE LEMON JUICE INTO THE SAME BOWL.

HEAT A STEEP-SIDE FRYING PAN OR A WOK OVER MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT. POUR IN 2 TBSPS OF OLIVE OIL.

WHEN THE OIL SMOKES, ADD THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS. SALT. TOSS THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS IN THE PAN TILL THEY BROWN LIGHTLY. POUR IN ABOUT 1/2 CUP OF WATER, THE LEMON JUICE AND ZEST, AND COVER.

COOK FOR 5-8 MINUTES, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS. WHEN THEY ARE CLOSE TO DONE, UNCOVER AND CONTINUE COOKING TILL THEY'RE TENDER AND MOST OF THE WATER HAS BOILED OFF.

REMOVE FROM THE HEAT. ADD THE BUTTER AND STIR TILL IT'S MELTED.

CHOP THE HERBS AND TOSS WITH THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS.

PAN-SEARED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
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