This recipe gives Brussels sprouts a reputation transformation!
Brussels sprouts have always been the underdog of the vegetable kingdom. People hated them because they were boiled to death for much of the 20th century. But they are delicious when prepared well. Now we’ve caught on that they are wonderful when pan-fried, deep-fried, broiled, roasted or otherwise subjected to high heat for shorter periods of time.
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Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shiitakes and Smoked Paprika
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 6 shiitake mushroom caps fresh, sliced about 1/8 inch thick
- kosher salt
- 3 cups brussels sprouts trimmed and quartered
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- black pepper freshly ground
- flaky salt such as Maldon
- Line a plate with paper towels. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil, and when it shimmers, add the mushrooms caps in a single layer. Cook until well browned on one side, about one minute, then flip and cook the other side. When the second side is browned, remove with a slotted spatula to the paper towels, leaving as much oil behind as possible. Season with a sprinkle of Kosher salt.
- With the skillet still on medium-high heat, add the brussels sprouts and toss to coat with oil, adding a bit more oil if needed. Cook, turning occasionally, until tender and many surface have dark brown spots. I like mine almost charred.
- Add the smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt and the reserved shiitakes. Toss, then taste and adjust seasoning. Transfer to a serving platter, finish with black pepper and a few grains of flaky salt and serve.
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