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Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Leeks

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Servings: 6
Brussels sprouts are the unsung hero of the table. I think they are a great test of character: Anyone who loves them must have good taste. My mom (a fantastic cook and my first culinary influence) makes a delicious version of this recipe adding toasted, chopped pecans. To be as great as her, spread out 1 cup of pecans on a baking sheet and toast at 350°F for 5 to 10 minutes. Chop 'em and toss in with the Brussels sprouts and leeks before serving. Yum. Thanks, Mama.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sliced Brussels sprouts
  • 1 nice leek, sliced into 1/2" pieces, including the green
  • 3-4 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs umeboshi plum vinegar
  • 2 tsp aged balsamic, or 1 teaspoon balsamic plus 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 tsp shoyu (soy sauce)
  • sea salt

Directions

  • Steam the Brussels sprouts for about 5 minutes, or until just tender enough to pierce with a fork. Remove from the pot and shock under cold, running water just after steaming to arrest the heat to prevent overcooking.
  • Then steam the leek for about 4 minutes, until perky green and tender. The time will vary depending on the size of the veggies and the cut of each. Remove from the pot and shock.
  • Toss in a bowl with the olive oil, umeboshi plum vinegar, aged balsamic (or balsamic plus maple syrup), and shoyu. Adjust to taste and season with sea salt as desired.
Copyright © 2005 by Renée Loux

Serving Suggestion: Excellent warm or at room temperature. Stores well for a day or two.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 95
  Calories from Fat 61 (64%)
(11%)Total Fat 7g
(5%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(4%)Sodium 94mg
(7%)Potassium 261mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
(10%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 2g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(4%)Protein 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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