Every meal on our dinner table always include green vegetables as a side dish. The cabbage-like Brussels sprout is amongst our favorite – when your teenager eats them it’s even more special. They are so simple and quick to pull together – steam, sauté, roast or grill are all great ways to make them. My go to recipe is usually to steam first, which softens them perfectly followed by a quick sauté with garlic and olive oil for flavor. For this recipe I packed in a punch of ham flavor -prosciutto. The prosciutto is first crisped up in some olive oil, chopped garlic is then added to bring a pungent taste to the finished sprouts. Steaming the Brussels sprout to a bright green color lock in the nutrients and ensure you have the right combination of crunchy and tenderness. It is then quickly sautéed in the prosciutto and garlic mixture.
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Perfect Brussels Sprout with Crispy Prosciutto
A quick and easy perfectly cooked Brussels sprout side dish.
- 16 – 20 ounces Brussels sprout cut off ends and cut each in half or quarters depending on size
- 6 to 8 cloves garlic roughly chopped
- 6 ounces prosciutto finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
- water for steaming the sprouts
Fill steamer pot with water up to the recommended level. Cover and bring to a boil.
Note: Don't have a steamer pot? No worries. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil.
Add the Brussels sprout to the steamer insert. Place the insert over the boiling water. Cover. Steam for 4 to 5 minutes until bright green. Remove the insert basket and quickly run coldest tap water over the sprouts and drain. Or dunk in a cold water ice bath for a few seconds.
Note: If using a regular pot with boiling water – carefully add the sprouts to the boiling water. Cover and return to boil. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes until Brussels sprout are bright green. Drain and dunk in a cold water ice bath.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the prosciutto and saute until lightly brown and crispy. 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the garlic, salt and black pepper and sauté for up to 1 minute.
Add the Brussels sprout. Mix to coat and cook for up to 1 minute until heated through to absorb the prosciutto garlic flavors.
Plate and serve with your favorite entree. Enjoy. Happy Cooking.