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California Love – Maple and Mustard Brussels Sprouts

Olivia Caminiti with a brussels sprout recipe that can convert anyone into a lover.
By Olivia Caminiti

Maple & Mustard Brussel Sprouts

Maple & Mustard Brussels Sprouts

The Brussels sprout recipe that converted me into a lover. At age 10, I was introduced to Brussels sprouts. Being a California native one would think I would have been exposed to Brussels sprouts at an earlier age but picky eaters wouldn’t dare think of venturing into the world of vegetables, especially the dreaded Brussels sprout. Once reaching double digits, I learned the value of eating anything covered in sugar in and maple syrup does the trick in this recipe. The whole grain mustard adds a tangy flavor with  a pop!

Caramelizing Brussels Sprouts

Caramelizing Brussels Sprouts

If you concur that vegetables do not have feelings than this is considered a vegetarian dish. After getting over my seven year go at being vegetarian myself, I discovered the glory in adding bacon to anything. Some dishes welcome bacon better than others, though most don’t mind, and this dish welcomes it like a long lost brother. (remove Brussels sprouts from heat; add 4 slices of crumbled bacon)

5.0 from 2 reviews

California Love- Maple & Mustard Brussels Sprouts
 
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The “Switcher” of Brussels sprout recipes. If you didn’t like them before, they are that convincing.
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Recipe Type: Side Dish
Serves: 4 ppl
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (17oz.) Brussels sprouts; cleaned and halved
  • 1 Tbl. (.5oz.) whole grain mustard
  • 1 Tbl. (.5oz.) maple syrup
  • 1 Tbl. (.5oz.) butter
  • 1 Tbl. (.5oz.) vegetable, olive or grape seed oil
  • pinch salt & pepper each to taste
  • 4 slices crispy crumbled bacon (optional… as always:)
Instructions
Brussels Sprout Prep
  1. Put medium pot of water on high to bring to a boil; salt water
  2. Rinse Brussels sprouts
  3. Cut bottom off Brussels sprouts and remove loose outer leaves
  4. Place Brussels sprouts in boiling water for 3-4 minutes until brighter green
  5. Remove immediately and place in bowl of ice bath to stop cooking
  6. Remove from water after a minute and halve each Brussels sprout
Directions
  1. Melt butter & oil in a large flat bottomed saute pan over medium heat
  2. Place one layer of Brussels sprouts cut side down in heated pan for 4-6 minutes or until browned
  3. Once caramelized, remove from heat and toss Brussels sprouts in mustard, maple syrup and optional bacon
  4. Plate and enjoy!
Notes
Brussels Sprouts: 1. Have a large number of thought to be anticancer compounds called sulforaphane. 2. Tend to turn people off because of their smell first BUT that smell is only intensified when over cooked. So don’t dare boil or steam the love out of these beautiful baby cabbages.

 

Olivia Caminiti

Olivia Caminiti

Olivia's passion for food is rooted in California's Bay Area though now regrowing in Austin, Texas. She mixes with her travel experience, eye for beautiful food and intuition to find the next ingredient to keep a balance in life. See what she incorporates next and check-out her website at oliviacaminiti.com

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Originally Published: February 8, 2012

7 Responses to California Love – Maple and Mustard Brussels Sprouts

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  4. Christina Reply

    August 1, 2013 at 8:56 am

    These. Are. So. Good!!!! I even blogged about it :) http://xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/tangy-brussels-sprouts/

  5. Olivia Caminiti

    Olivia Caminiti Reply

    August 2, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Awesome post! I’m glad you love them as much as I do.

  6. Colin Reply

    January 28, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    A friend passed this recipe off to me a few months back, and I finally got around to making it.

    I’m kind of a meat and potatoes dude, so trust me when I say that I don’t normally have a gigantic bowl of Brussels sprouts for dinner — but tonight, I did.

    And it was AMAZING.

  7. Olivia Caminiti

    Olivia Caminiti Reply

    January 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Mr. Meat and Potatoes, thank you for proving this recipe true! Kudos to you for breaking the meat and potatos sterotype as well! I bought brussels yesterday and I am now inspired to visit this recipe. Thanks again Colin!

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