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What a week! So if you didn’t read my previous blog post I will catch you up on the week’s festivities.  After being swept away by the Kendrick Lamar Grammy performance I decided to restructure my content and recipe development this week to pay homage to his song “The Blacker The Berry”.  As a result blackberries took the spotlight this week and boy did they shine in these four new recipes.

Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Blackberry Reduction

Brussels sprouts have made a culinary resurgence in the last few years. You can’t go to a restaurant with out seeing brussels sprouts on the menu.  So I jumped on the bandwagon too. I love a good crispy brussels sprout and this recipe shows you how to achieve perfect char and crunch at home. Not to mention, the blackberry reduction is a sweet compliment just takes the dish to another level.

Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Blackberry Reduction

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Blackberry Reduction

Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Blackberry Reduction - This is a great addition to any many meal doing the fall season when brussels are in season.

Ingredients

  • 1½ lbs brussels sprouts, sliced
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of grated orange rind (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 425 degrees and line baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl mix brussels sprouts with 1½ tablespoons of vegetable oil. Toss with you hands to make sure all the brussels sprouts are coated. Generously season the brussels sprouts with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large pan on medium high heat, pour in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, or enough to just barely coat the bottom of the pan. Wait for oil to get hot, then add in brussels sprouts. Brown the brussels sprouts for approximately 10 minutes continuously stirring (every 2 minutes or so) making sure that all the sides get a char. In the last minute add butter and toss so that all the brussels sprouts are coated with the butter.
  4. Pour sprouts on baking sheet. Sprinkle on fresh rosemary and put into the oven for 10-15 minutes.
  5. In a sauce pan, heat the blackberries, balsamic vinegar, orange juice, orange rind, sugar and water on high heat for five minutes, continuously stirring so that the berries start to break down. Reduce heat to soft boil and stir for another 4-5 minutes until mixture reaches a syrupy texture.
  6. Remove brussels from the oven and top or toss with blackberry reduction. Serve warm.
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