Favorite Trader Joe’s Item #5: Brussels Sprouts
I never really had brussels sprouts until 4 years ago, when I ordered a chicken dish at Luna Park that had brussels sprouts & roasted butternut squash as a side. They were heavenly! It made me wonder why I had always heard such awful things about brussels sprouts. They seemed to be put on the disgusting list with things like tuna casserole (which i have yet to try). Ahh….It was love at first bite. I almost asked them for seconds! I knew had to recreate this at home! I tried some different concoctions and came up with this one.
- 2 bags of TJ’s Brussels Sprouts
- 3/4 stick of butter (more if you are feeling frisky)
- 1 large yellow onion chopped (more or less depending on your love for onion)
- 3-5 tablespoons of brown sugar (this usually changes depending on how bitter the sprouts are)
- 2 cloves of garlic
Take sprouts out of their packaging. Soak in water & rinse. Cut the ends off all the sprouts & quarter the sprouts. Set aside. Place 1/2 stick of butter in a pan on medium heat. Stir in onions & garlic. Cook on medium until onions are translucent. Add sprouts & toss them in the butter/onion mixture. Let sit- stir occasionally. At this point, you are working on steaming them. When the sprouts are softened (about 10 minutes), add brown sugar & remaining butter. Turn the heat to high and brown the sprouts. The brown sugar & butter help caramelize them. Put the little beauties in a dish & serve.
This dish has the power to change someone into a Brussel Sprout Lover. You’ll see……
Closeup of Packaging:
A Perfect Dish for Thanksgiving:
Sink your fork into it:
Try them. You’ll love theses little babies:
***note: I used three small onions for the dish above- one large one will work out fine!***