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Sweet & Savory Brussel Sprouts with Baby Bellas

Sweet & Savory Brussel Sprouts with Baby Bellas

I picked up a clearance bag of fresh brussel sprouts the other day and wanted to try something a little different. I first tried roasting them in my air fryer and I did not like the end result, so that recipe idea got tossed. I turned around and tried this idea out and it’s a keeper. What you see in the picture was my lunch today and I ate every single bite without the least bit of shame. I love the sauce, I love sweet chili sauce by itself but this sauce was amazing. This is a great recipe for 1 or 2 people but would double or triple well.

It took a good long time for me to develop a taste for brussel sprouts. Nannie Polly was the only one that fixed “baby cabbage” as she called it. Mama nor Daddy never cared for it so it wasn’t on the supper table unless you were eating with Papa and Nannie and then it was rare since she didn’t fix them often. When I was little I used to tell Nannie that those “baby cabbage” needed to be strung up and hung like the other decorations in her kitchen. Y’all know the red plastic peppers that hung on a braided cord like rope along with onion and other veggies. She had those hanging next to the giant wooden spoon and fork on the wall in the kitchen. After those hanging veggies had collected enough grease and dust to the point of no return she threw them out but that fork and spoon still hung there. One day she decided it was time to repaint the kitchen since Papa was moving some things around in there to make it easier for her so Mama bought the paint and as we went to take the fork and spoon down I looked up on the wall where they hung and an outline of them was still there. Lets just say that Mama had to do a lot of scrubbing on those walls before that fresh coat of paint went on them and that old fork and spoon found a new home on the wall just as you enter the kitchen and a hand painted picture of a bowl of apples that my Great Aunt painted took the place where they used to hang.

Ingredients:

Sweet & Savory Brussel Sprouts with Baby Bellas

  • 1/4 C. sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 lb. fresh brussel sprouts, halved
  • 1 1/2 C. water
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 C. sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • pinch of salt

Instructions:

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl, set aside. Put the brussel sprouts in a skillet and add the water. Bring up to a low boil and cook them for 12-14 minutes, till tender. Drain off any leftover water and add the butter, mushrooms and salt. Cook for 5 minutes till the mushrooms are tender and the brussel sprouts start to lightly brown. Stir in the sauce mixture and cook for about a minute to warm through, stirring to coat the veggies.

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