Friday, February 11, 2011

Brussel Sprout, White Bean, Shallot, and Almond Sauté

I missed the farmer's market this past Sunday (we were snowshoeing in Tahoe after a day of skiing at Squaw on Saturday) but was pleased to fine a good looking crop of brussel sprouts in our local grocery store. I have mentioned this before, but the key to good, non-bitter brussel sprouts, are picking out those that are smaller in size and firm when squeezed. I normally roast brussel sprouts (toss with olive oil, salt & pepper and roast at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes until browned) but I made a sauteed brussel sprout dish over the holidays that turned me on to stovetop brussel sprouts. Quick, easy, and they still get that wonderful carmelized flavor. I also loved that this could be made in one pan. We ate this between the two of us as a main dish with some good whole wheat seed rolls, but this could also be served as a hearty side.

Brussel Sprout, White Bean, Shallot, and Almond Sauté
Serves 2 as main dish, 4 as a side

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

1 T. olive oil
3 shallots (about 1/4 lb.), thinly sliced
1 lb. brussel sprouts, thinly sliced
15 oz. can white cannelini or Northern beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. slivered almonds
1/2 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 t. herbs de provence
1/2 lemon
Kosher salt
Black pepper

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and saute, breaking up with a spoon and stirring often, until starting to brown, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, toast the almonds over low heat in a small skillet. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the brussel sprouts and herbs de provence and saute for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occassionally, until they are starting to soften and brown. Add the beans, 1/2 t. kosher salt, and 1/4 t. black pepper, and cook, stirring, for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Turn off the heat and add the almonds to the pan as well as juice from the 1/2 lemon and the 1/2 c. parmesan cheese, stirring to combine. Taste for additional seasoning, adding additional salt & pepper if desired, and serve.

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