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Shredded Brussels sprouts with chorizo and walnuts recipe

Shredded Brussels sprouts with chorizo and walnuts recipe

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Quick, tasty and incredibly healthy, shredding and sautéing your sprouts is the ultimate way to enjoy this nutritious vegetable. Obsessed!

Western Cape, South Africa

9 people made this

IngredientsServes: 4

  • 300g brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 50g cooking chorizo, diced or sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small handful walnuts, roughly chopped

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:8min ›Ready in:23min

  1. Shred your sprouts as thinly as possible. You can do this by hand, but I do mine in a food processor using a shredding attachment.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the diced chorizo and sauté until the sausage releases its flavour and begins to brown.
  3. Increase the heat and add the shredded sprouts. Season with salt and pepper (a lot of pepper) and sauté for 5 minutes. The edges of the shredded ‘sprouts will brown slightly, but don’t panic – that’s exactly what you want them to do. Do not be tempted to add even a splash of water as the sprouts will steam and become too soft.
  4. Add the chopped spring onion and continue sautéing for another 30 seconds. Add the chopped walnuts and toss through. Serve immediately.

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If cookies were currency my family would be millionaires.

Okay, so this amazing cookie recipe didn’t make us our fortune but it certainly “bought” us some childhood friends! I wish my family could take credit for these cookies but the recipe was in fact given to us by a friend’s mother. However, we churned out so many of these delectable morsels we became synonymous with being “those kids with the cookies”. My mother would send us off on school outings with a massive round white Tupperware filled with these delicious nibbles and invariably we would come home with just a few crumbs and a couple of new friends.

These cookies are not your typical chewy, gooey kind that are so popular today – they have a much shorter texture with a sugary finish that almost dissolves on your tongue. In fact, they are very reminiscent of “Famous Amos Cookies” from the 80s/90s – in both taste and aroma! Of course, these cookies are absolutely prefect for dunking in just about anything! Personally though, I can only manage to scoff a couple at a time as they pack quite a sugar-punch.

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How to Cook These Whole30 Brussels Sprouts

These crispy shredded brussels sprouts are so easy to make. You’ll first start by heating the olive oil or avocado oil up in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once it’s hot, add in your shredded brussels sprouts and begin sautéing to coat them in the oil. Then you’ll sprinkle the garlic powder over the brussels sprouts, and then grab your quartered lemon and squeeze the juice over the top. Begin sautéing again to mix everything together. Allow the shredded brussels sprouts to cook for about 7 to 8 minutes while stirring them around in the skillet frequently, and then remove them from the heat or skillet once they’re cooked to how crisp you’d like them.

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Brussels Sprouts: Everything You Need to Know

What to Look For

Fresh brussels sprouts are sold loose or packed in pint baskets or small tubs, although at some farmers’ markets you can buy them on the stalks. Buy fresh brussels sprouts that are heavy for their size and bright green, with leaves clinging tightly to the heads. Avoid any with yellowing leaves, which indicate aging. Check that the stem ends are freshly cut. Also avoid soft heads with loose leaves. Small heads, about 1 inch in diameter, are usually preferable to large ones, which can be almost twice that size.


To prepare this autumn brassica, rinse and dry the heads. Trim any brown outside leaves and trim away the stem ends. Cut a shallow “X” into the stem end before cooking so that the heads will cook quickly and evenly. Larger heads can be halved or quartered before cooking.


Store in plastic bags or the original packaging in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, but try to eat them as soon as possible after purchase. To freeze, rinse and dry the heads and blanch for 4 to 5 minutes, depending on their size. Then refresh in cold water, drain, and freeze in sturdy freezer bags or rigid containers. Brussels sprouts also freeze well.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lardons & Pears: Cut thick-cut or slab bacon into 1/4-inch pieces. In an ovenproof pan over medium heat, saute until crisp. Increase heat to medium-high and add halved brussels sprouts and diced Comice pears. Roast at 400°F until the brussels sprouts are caramelized, about 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking time.

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Browned Butter: Trim brussels sprouts and cut into quarters. Saute in olive oil until browned. Remove from pan, reduce heat to medium and add butter. Cook until browned and fragrant. Return brussels sprouts to pan and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and finish with chopped toasted hazelnuts and aged balsamic vinegar.

Fried Brussels Sprouts: Trim brussels sprouts and halve lengthwise. Working in batches, deep fry in vegetable oil at 350°F until well browned and the edges begin to curl. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkle with flaked sea salt.

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Total time: 40 minutes

Note: Adapted from La Grande Orange Café. Spanish Marcona almonds are available at Trader Joe’s and well-stocked supermarkets. Manchego cheese is available at cheese stores and well-stocked cheese sections of major markets.

1 1/2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar, more as desired

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice with pulp

1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest

1 1/2 teaspoons whole grain mustard, more as desired

1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

Freshly ground black pepper

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the honey, vinegar, lemon juice and zest, mustard and garlic. Continue whisking while slowly drizzling in the olive oil until the oil is thoroughly incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and brighten the dressing as desired with a little extra vinegar and mustard. Chill well before using. This makes a generous cup of dressing, more than is needed for this recipe, and will keep for one week, covered and refrigerated.

1 tablespoon dried cranberries

1 tablespoon dried blueberries

2 tablespoons toasted whole almonds, preferably California or Spanish Marcona

3 tablespoons mustard vinaigrette

1 ounce Manchego cheese, shaved using a peeler

1. Peel the leaves from the Brussels sprouts, discarding the core. In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the Brussels sprouts leaves just until they are a vibrant green and barely tender. Drain immediately and place in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and dry well. You should have three cups of leaves.

2. In a large bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts leaves, cranberries, blueberries, almonds and just enough vinaigrette to lightly moisten.

3. Mound the salad on a plate, and top with the cheese shavings. Serve immediately.

Each serving: 572 calories 13 grams protein 36 grams carbohydrates 8 grams fiber 44 grams fat 12 grams saturated fat 19 mg. cholesterol 311 mg. sodium.


Total time: 45 minutes

Note: Adapted from Cleo restaurant in Hollywood.

10 to 12 Brussels sprouts

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons drained (oil-packed) capers, more if desired

2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds, more if desired

2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

1. Separate the leaves from the Brussels sprouts. To remove the leaves quickly and easily, core the sprouts at their base using a paring or tourne knife, then lightly press the cored sprouts to loosen the leaves.

2. In a medium, heavy-bottomed pot, add enough vegetable oil to come up the sides of the pot by about three inches. Heat the oil until it reaches 360 degrees.

3. While the oil is heating, make the vinaigrette: In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Deep-fry the Brussels sprout leaves, a small handful at a time, just until the leaves begin to crisp around the edges, 15 to 30 seconds. Be careful, because the oil may splatter a bit as the leaves are added. Remove the leaves immediately and drain on a paper-towel lined rack, pressing the leaves with paper towels to remove excess oil. Continue frying the leaves, in small batches, until all of them are cooked.

5. To assemble the dish, place the fried leaves in a large bowl, add one-half of the vinaigrette, along with the chile flakes, capers, almonds and parsley. Gently toss, then taste and adjust the flavorings and seasonings as desired. Serve immediately.

Each of 4 servings: 153 calories 3 grams protein 6 grams carbohydrates 3 grams fiber 14 grams fat 1 gram saturated fat 0 cholesterol 1 gram sugar 142 mg sodium.


Total time: 25 minutes

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

1 teaspoon minced shallot

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts

1. Prepare the Brussels sprouts: Trim the dried bases and pull away any loose or discolored outer leaves. Stand the sprout upright on the cutting board and slice it as thin as possible into coins. Aim for pieces as thin as a quarter.

2. In a small lidded jar, combine the vinegar and minced shallot, and set aside for 10 minutes. Add the mustard and walnut oil and shake well to make a smooth emulsion. Taste and season with salt as needed.

3. Heat the olive oil over high heat in a large nonstick skillet. When the oil is very hot but not smoking, add the Brussels sprouts, sprinkle with one-half teaspoon salt and cook, tossing, until the sprouts start to wilt, two to three minutes. The texture should be chewy crisp rather than simply crisp.

4. Immediately pour over the dressing and remove from the heat. Continue tossing to evenly coat the sprouts with the dressing (they will only be very lightly coated). Stir in the walnuts and serve either warm or at room temperature.

Each serving: 153 calories 3 grams protein 7 grams carbohydrates 3 grams fiber 14 grams fat 1 gram saturated fat 0 cholesterol 2 grams sugar 28 mg. sodium.

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion (or shallot)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Rinse the sprouts and drain thoroughly. Cut off discolored stem ends, and remove and discard any loose and damaged leaves. Cut the sprouts in half lay cut side down, then thinly slice the halves until all are shredded. Set aside.

Arrange the bacon in a large skillet or sauté pan and place the pan over medium heat. Fry the bacon until it is browned and crisp. Remove the bacon to paper towels to drain crumble and set aside. Leave about 2 tablespoons of drippings in the skillet and discard any remaining drippings.

Add the garlic and onion to the skillet and cook, stirring, until the onion is softened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the shredded sprouts to the skillet and continue cooking, stirring, until tender, or about 4 to 6 minutes.

Add the lemon juice and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute longer. Toss with the bacon and serve hot.

Brussels Sprouts 101

Ah, Brussels sprouts. They&rsquore such a polarizing little vegetable. Some people love them, and others think they&rsquore disgusting and to be avoided at all costs. I was in the latter camp for years. But the problem was, I hadn&rsquot actually tried them! When I finally worked up the courage to give them a try, I had to admit that I actually enjoyed them.

Even if you&rsquore a Brussels sprout skeptic, I highly encourage you to prepare them using the method I&rsquoll show in a bit. You just might change your mind like I did!

What are Brussels sprouts?

Brussels sprouts are a vegetable of the Brassica genus. Other &ldquoBrassicas&rdquo include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and bok choy. This group is also known as cruciferous vegetables.

Unlike its cousin the cabbage, Brussels sprouts grow on a stem that can reach 3 feet high and grow 20-40 sprouts! They&rsquore named after Brussels, Blegium, because they are thought to have been first cultivated close to that city.

When are Brussels sprouts in season?

Sources disagree on when Brussels sprouts season begins, but around September through March is the peak season. This might be different depending on what state you live in.

What are the health benefits?

Like other cruciferous vegetables, Brussels sprouts are thought to have anti-cancer properties. They&rsquore a good source of Vitamin C and K1. They also contain smaller amounts of folate, beta carotene, potassium, manganese, Vitamin B6, and phosphorous.

What do they taste like?

Brussels sprouts taste like a milder, sweeter cabbage.

How do you prepare Brussels sprouts?

Brussels sprouts are pretty easy to prepare, once you know a couple of tricks.

First, it&rsquos a good idea to rip off any of the outer leaves that are yellow, brown, or otherwise unappetizing.

It leaves (ha!) them looking a little naked, but that&rsquos okay!

Next, trim off the ends. There&rsquos no need to cut out the center &ldquocore&rdquo part.

Then slice them in half. Your recipe might ask you to shred or dice the Brussels sprouts instead.

At this point I like to give them a quick rinse in a colander.

How do you cook Brussels sprouts?

You can steam, boil, or sauté Brussels sprouts. But my personal favorite way to cook them is to roast them in the oven. If you think you don&rsquot like a vegetable, try roasting it! It&rsquos kind of magical how it can transform a vegetable&rsquos flavors.

To roast Brussels sprouts, lay them out on a sheet pan cut side up. Drizzle them with olive or avocado oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.

I like to add a few cloves of garlic (still in the skins) as well. If you want a more punchy garlic flavor, you can mince it and add it to the pan a few minutes before the Brussels sprouts are done roasting.

Now pop the pan into a 400ºF oven for about 15 minutes. Flip and put back in the oven to roast for 10 more minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are soft.

Pro tip: You don&rsquot have to carefully flip the Brussels sprouts if you&rsquore feeling lazy. Just throw them on the pan helter-skelter and give the whole thing a good stir halfway through baking. The Brussels sprouts won&rsquot be as perfectly roasted, but when you&rsquore in a rush, that&rsquos okay!

This is what they&rsquoll look like when they&rsquore done: deeply browned (almost black) in spots, and soft in the middle.

Serve with extra salt, olive oil, and some good quality butter.

  1. Peel off any discolored leaves.
  2. Cut off the end and slice in half.
  3. Rinse in a colander.
  4. Place on a baking sheet, cut side up. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Bake in a preheated 400°F (205°C) oven for 15 minutes. Flip and cook for 10 more minutes, or until the sprouts are tender and the outsides are nicely colored.
  6. Serve with extra salt and pepper and good-quality butter.

That&rsquos my favorite way to cook and serve Brussels sprouts! Here are some more ideas for you:

These stove top brussels are super simple. I used a technique similar to the one I used in this green beans with walnuts recipe. But it&rsquos perhaps even more simple! I&rsquoll walk you through how to make it!

Trim the Brussels Sprouts:

The base of the Brussels sprouts where it was attached to the stalk of the plant can sometimes be fibrous and pithy. trim it off, and pull off any outer leaves of the sprout that are loose or black.

Cut the Brussels Sprouts in Half:

Cutting them in half will help them cook more quickly, and make it easier to eat them! If you have some large and some small ones, just cut the large ones in half and leave the small ones whole.


While you are prepping your Brussels sprouts, set up a large saucepan with a steamer basket and boiling water. You want the water line to be just below the surface of the steamer. Add the prepared Brussels Sprouts to the steamer basket and let them steam until they are just tender. This will depend on the size of your Brussels. It should take anywhere from 4 to 5 minutes. While you wait chop up your garlic.

Set Aside:

Here&rsquos my super easy trick to saving a dish. Take the steamer basket out of the saucepan, and set it down on a heat proof surface. Try not to allow the sides to flop open. Then cover the steamer with the lid of the pot. You could also use foil if this feels awkward for you.

Use The Same Pot:

Then empty the steaming water out of the saucepan. You can give it a quick rinse (I don&rsquot bother.) And then return the saucepan to the stove for the final step.

Cook Garlic in Butter and Oil:

Melt a little butter (for flavor) in the saucepan and add in some olive oil (which is lower in saturated fat.) Quickly add in the chopped garlic and saute it only until it just starts to brown. This will be less than a minute. Then shut off the heat and immediately slide the Brussels sprouts off the stemer right into the saucepan.

The Brussels sprouts will prevent the garlic from browning more in the hot oil and butter. Add in some salt and pepper and then toss everything together!

1. Trim the stem end and cut in half. 2. Place Brussels sprouts in the steamer basket, cover and steam 4-5 minutes.
3. Transfer the steamer basket to the work surface. 4. Cover the basket with a lid to keep them hot.
5. Melt butter in the saucepan, add oil and then saute the garlic. 6. Add the steamed Brussels sprouts, salt and pepper, and stir to coat.

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