Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs and Parmesan Cheese

I know, right?  Brussel sprouts.  Who likes those?  Well, a lot of people actually do.  Brussel sprouts are also packed with nutrients and yes, they are very good for you.  In addition to other nutrients - vitamin A, calcium, fiber, and even 3 grams of protein can be found in just 1 cup of these little gems. 

I have yet to convince my family that this is something that should be in our meal rotation at this point, but I often get some for myself at the grocery store and do a quick sauté of them for a healthy and very filling lunch.    You want to make sure you don’t cook brussel sprouts for too long as they tend to start to taste not so good.
Not too long ago, a girlfriend made dinner for me and another friend who was town and guess what she served, you got it, sautéed brussel sprouts.  The one element about her dish that I really loved was the addition of the Italian seasoned breadcrumbs giving the dish a nice crunch!

 If you don’t like brussel sprouts, give this recipe a try – if you still aren’t sold on them, it’s OK, I’ll be happy you tried them!
Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs and Parmesan Cheese
Serves 4 as a side dish
1 pound of brussel sprouts
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
½ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cut off the end of each brussel sprout and then quarter each one.  Over medium heat, add the olive oil to a sauté pan.  Once hot, add the brussel sprouts and minced garlic.

Cover with a lid and let cook for about 5 minutes.   Stir often to prevent burning.  After 5 minutes or so, add the breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper.  Cover again, stir often, and let cook for another 5 minutes.  Once the brussel sprouts are tender and bright green in color it is time to serve them.  Enjoy!

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