Roasting vegetables is just so rewarding! For that hungry hour before supper, the low and slow heat coaxes out aromas and flavors, teasing us of what's to come.
The one downside? Speed. Or lack thereof. Slow Food is one thing. So is sloooooow food. But when you want dinner on the table, pronto? Roasting's not the smart choice.
But wait. Here are roasted Brussels sprouts that reach the table in 20 minutes snap. It takes two pots, one to parboil (that means to partially cook) the sprouts, another to pan-roast the sprouts. But these are delicious - way delicious, worth the wait, even if not required. Plus the two-step process has an advantage: they can be cooked, partway, ahead of time and then be finished at the last minute. This would make them a great choice for a special dinner. You could even 'gussy' them up a bit by cooking a little bacon first, then browning the sprouts in that rather butter.
RECIPE for FAST PAN-ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Time to table: 20 minutes
Water to cover plus an inch more, well salted (allow 1/2 tablespoon table salt for 4 cups of water)
1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and gnarly outer leaves removed, Xs cut into the cores with the tip of a knife
1 tablespoon butter,
1 clove garlic, smashed to remove the peel, otherwise left whole
Juice of half a lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
Salt & pepper to taste
Bring the salted water to a boil. Drop the sprouts in, cover and let cook for 3 to 5 minutes until mostly cooked. Drain. (If cooking ahead, drop the sprouts into ice water for a brief moment to stop the cooking and drain again.) Cut the sprouts in half lengthwise.
In a large skillet, heat the butter and garlic until shimmery on MEDIUM heat and let cook for about 3 minutes until the garlic flavor is infused into the butter. Remove the garlic clove and discard and increase the heat to MEDIUM HIGH. Add the Brussels sprouts and stir to coat with fat. Cook the sprouts, turning only every so often for you want the flat edges to darken, taking on almost a little 'burn' and that won't happen when stirring often. (It takes patience to not stir often but you can do it!) When the edges are browned to the desired level, sprinkle with lemon juice. Season with additional salt (if needed) and pepper (if needed). Savor and enjoy!
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