For Thanksgiving I’m plotting to make the radical radishes from earlier this week and {pop!} a light bulb flickered… ‘Tis the season to share more holiday appropriate and easy to conjure up side dishes. Heck yes! More importantly, I need to point out that these so-called side dishes are by no means side liners…no sir. They are full of surprising punch, color and  flavor. Quite frankly, if you wanted to skip the entrée all together I think you could do just that.

My favorite fall/winter throw together side dish? Sautéed brussels sprouts petals! I know you’ve been seeing brussels done a giga-zillion-watt ways around the interwebs and on culinary cable. Perhaps you’ve even seen or tried this variety yourself already? This side is magic and only takes up a quarter of your dinner plate. Talk about super star underdog potential. Hello!?

I am here to reiterate: Brussels sprouts petals are awesome. Awesome. AWESOME!!!!

All you’ll need are the following ingredients and about 15 minutes. When selecting your brussels sprouts: the bigger, the better. Larger sprouts have larger outer leaves, which hold together under high heat. The only heavy lifting comes with plucking the actual petals, but who doesn’t love/need a moment to meditate these days?

Especially during the holidays…

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Recipe: Brussels Sprout Petals

Ingredients

  • 20 brussels sprouts, leaves peeled placed into bowl
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chicken or veggie broth
  • pinch of red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Sauté garlic and onions in a skillet with EVOO until golden, caramelize with 1/4 chicken or veggie broth
  2. Fold in brussels sprout leaves and pepper flakes for 5 – 7 minutes until they begin to soften
  3. Squeeze 1 lemon and stir before serving

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 – 7 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 2

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s) {Through the roof!}

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For those of you who already love brussels sprouts, this is a no-brainer. For some of you who are still unconvinced…this dish is light, crisp with a little bit of tartness and I think just might change your mind. Enjoy!