When it gets cooler, I start to crave cooler-weather vegetables. Usually that means pumpkin and winter squashes, but brussels sprouts are also on that list. It might sound somewhat odd, but they remind me of Thanksgiving. It seems as though often someone brings brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving dinner, and while they’re often looked over, as people tend to gravitate towards the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pie, I love them. When I found a nice healthy stalk at our brand-new Trader Joe’s and knew I just had to have them.
During the week, I tend to take a minimalist approach to vegetables. They’re often simply steamed, with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. But this time, I wanted a little more. With minimal additional effort – some proscuitto, dijon mustard and a touch of honey – these brussel sprouts were transformed into a comforting, satisfying little side dish that still retained its freshness and vibrancy. And honestly, with proscuitto, dijon, and honey, how can you go wrong?
And I can’t promise anything, but telling your brussels sprouts-hating husband/wife/kids that there is proscuitto in here might just change their mind!
Dijon Brussels Sprouts with Proscuitto (gluten-free, dairy-free)
1 stalk brussels sprouts (or about 4-5 cups worth)
1 t olive oil
1/2 oz proscuitto, chopped
1 T dijon mustard
1 t honey
salt and pepper to taste
Place the brussels sprouts in a pot fitted with a steamer insert (or in a steamer basket) and steam until bright green and just tender enough to be pierced by a fork, about 5-7 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Empty the pot and dry it out (or get another medium saucepan or skillet) and add oil. Heat over medium heat and add proscuitto. Cook proscuitto, stirring, for a minute or two or until crispy. Add back the brussel sprouts and stir. Lower the heat to low and add dijon mustard and honey. Stir to coat completely, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
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