Is it brussel sprouts or brussels sprouts? I have no idea. Whenever I type “brussel sprouts” on my phone, which is quite often surprisingly (or not considering how tasty brussel/brussels sprouts are) autocorrect always changes it to “Brussels sprouts.” I’m going to call them brussel sprouts because that makes more sense in my brain. And it’s my recipe so I can call lit whatever I want, right? I could call it “pan-roasted little baby cabbages with some other shit in it” but I won’t since that’s a mouth full and doesn’t sound very pleasant to eat. So we will stick with pan-roasted brussel sprouts with almonds, apples, & raisins. Okay? Still a mouthful, but it makes me want a mouth full (Hehe see what I did there?).
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s move on… A few weeks ago was my husband and my four year wedding anniversary. And since he’s currently deployed, we obviously didn’t get to spend it together. We’ve spent 3 out of 4 anniversaries apart so far, so it’s nothing we aren’t used to. But fortunately for me, I got to spend our anniversary with my best friend this year. No, a best friend is not a substitute for a husband, but they are an equally good alternative in their own way.
My bestie, being the awesome bestie that she is and knowing that our anniversary was coming up, asked if I wanted to go to dinner with her that night to celebrate. How could I say no to that? So we checked out a new to us restaurant (The Corner in case you’re curious), got a couple of delicious cocktails (vodka with acai spirit, cucumber, mint, basil and lime? Yes please!) and shared some delicious food (kettle cooked chips with onion dip made from house made sour cream… yup!)!
One of the items we shared was brussel sprouts, because I can’t not order brussel sprouts from a restaurant when they’re on the menu. These brussel sprouts had raisins they made in house, toasted almonds, and a pinch of vanilla flavor. They were delightful. And this recipe is my rendition on them, except without the homemade raisins. I just bought some at the store. I’m pretty weird about making things homemade, but that was a little far even for me. And I didn’t do the vanilla either. Not because it wasn’t tasty, but because it seemed unnecessary once I tasted these bad boys.
- 2-3 Tbs butter (ghee or bacon grease are also great)
- 1 lb shaved brussel sprouts (or whole brussel sprouts that have been sliced really thin)
- ½ apple, cut into matchsticks
- ¼ cup raw silvered almonds (or sliced or chopped)
- ¼ cup raisins
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Sprinkle of parmesan cheese (optional)
- Melt butter over medium high heat.
- Add brussel sprouts and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add almonds and apple and cook additional 5 minutes until almonds are toasty and the apple is soft. Stir frequently to avoid burning the almonds.
- Add raisins, salt and pepper and toss.
- Optional- sprinkle parmesan cheese on top while brussel sprouts are still hot.
If you’re a brussel/brussels sprouts fan like me, I think you’ll also love this recipe. So give it a try and tell me what you think! And tell me once and for all, is it brussel or brussels? K, thanks!
In vibrant health,