In a recent post, I made mention of Beaver Cleaver’s (from tv’s Leave It To Beaver) successful encounter with a Brussels sprout. It reminded me of a delicious Brussels sprout recipe I had tucked away. As a creature of habit where vegetables are concerned, I tend to serve the usual broccoli, mushy peas, carrots, and cauliflower. For some reason, I forget about these mini cabbage morsels.
So I rifled through my recipe box and found the Brussels Sprouts Amandine recipe card. To those of you under the age of 25, a recipe box is where index cards with recipes printed on them are stored. (Yes, I’m that old)
Every time I make this recipe, I wonder why I don’t make it more often. It’s one of those hater-converters. Never heard the term? That’s because I just made it up. A hater-converter is a recipe so yummy that it alters your negative view of a certain ingredient, such as Brussels sprouts, into something you love…or, at least, like enough to tolerate because it’s good for you.
TIP: Brussels Sprouts Amandine taste best when freshly made. So prepare the sauce ahead of time, leaving it in the saucepan for a quick reheat. Have the Brussels sprouts cleaned, halved, and sitting in the steamer basket ready to be cooked. They only take about 5 minutes. This way, you can turn on the burner as your meal preparation is winding down, quickly dress them, and they’re ready to go.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS AMANDINE – makes 2 cups
- 2 cups Brussels sprouts
- 2 T slivered almonds, toasted
- ½ T butter
- ½ T Dijon mustard
- 1 T red cider vinegar
- 1½ T dark brown sugar, packed
Trim the base of Brussels sprouts and remove loose leaves. Slice them in half lengthwise and place in steamer basket. DON’T FORGET THE WATER UNDERNEATH! (Been there, done that.)
In a small saucepan, melt together the butter, mustard, vinegar, and sugar. Turn off burner and set sauce aside.
When it’s about 5 minutes until meal time, steam the Brussels sprouts. You want them cooked, but not mushy. They’ll become vibrant green just before they’re ready – test with a fork. Remove from heat.
Quickly reheat sauce and mix with sprouts and almonds. Serve immediately.