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Cider-Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Cider-Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Brussels Sprouts are enjoying a Renaissance in popularity, partly because of their cancer-fighting cruciferous nature, and partly because we’ve discovered how to cook them so they have a firm, nut-like, earthy sweetness far, far removed from any old-style mushy blandness.

Most Farmers Markets carry them at this time of year, and sometimes you can find them still on the stalk, like little cabbagy jewels. This recipe pairs healthful garlic with the sweetness of cider to make a Brussels Sprout dish so delicious that even my teenaged son wants seconds. One of my family’s all-time favorite autumn recipes.

3 cups Brussels sprouts, tough ends sliced off and outer leaves removed
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup apple cider
salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste

1. Cut an X in the bottom of each Brussels sprout. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add Brussels sprouts and return to a boil. Cook, covered, for 20 minutes, until sprouts are tender but still firm.

2. Drain Brussels sprouts. Heat oil or butter in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add sprouts and garlic, and saute 5 minutes, stirring, until garlic is soft and fragrant and sprouts are coated with oil. Add cider and turn heat to high, stirring constantly, until cider is reduced in volume by half, making a sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

Serves 6.

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By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels.

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.


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8:15PM PST on Jan 25, 2013


9:16AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Gotta try this one

6:27AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

could prove tasty

6:20AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Thanks for the recipe.

2:19AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

thanks for the recipe, sounds good

10:51AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Thank you

3:22AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:54PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

sounds better than boiled

2:28AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:33AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012


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