When people talk about their life goals, I know they list off things like sky diving or running the New York Marathon. Mine are a little simpler - attend a Quincinera and get a food processor. If you watch the Food Network as much as I do, you'll feel like your life is incomplete without one of these machines! I have a fear that, like other kitchen appliances, it will take up too much counter space and I will never use it. But unlike my waffle maker and blender, I have actually been using this Elemental 8-cup Processor (a gift from Cuisinart) regularly.
It makes all the things I like to have on hand - salsa, guacamole, hummus, pizza dough, homemade Larabars, and caramelized onions. More recipes to come, but first, the Sautéed Shredded Brussels Sprouts I made for Finn's birthday.
I cannot believe how quickly these babies get sliced. I use the thin slicer to make confetti out of 3 pounds of brussels sprouts in less than 5 minutes. Once they're prepped, I leave them covered in the fridge until it's time to put it all together. This dish is inspired by The Barefoot Contessa's recipe, but I go a little crazy and start adding a lot of yummy things like candied pecans (from Trader Joe's, where I also get the balsamic glaze), avocado, raisins, and cheese. It turns out tasting a lot like a warm salad.
The dish is a huge hit - even after sitting at room temperature for an hour. Finn says it comes in second place to our friend Lance's pizza - honestly, who can expect a vegetable to win that competition? Warning, the recipe below makes a LOT of brussels sprouts - even too much for our group of 12! I would cut it in half unless you're planning on serving this at a party. It's actually the perfect Thanksgiving potluck dish.
Sauteed Shredded Brussels Sprouts
3 lbs. Brussels Sprouts, washed, trimmed, and shredded
6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
6 Tablespoons Butter
6 cloves Garlic
6 Tablespoons Balsamic Glaze
1 cup Golden Raisins
1 cup Candied Pecans
1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
1 Avocado, diced
Salt and Pepper
In a 14-inch skillet melt the olive oil and butter over medium heat.
Add the garlic and cook for two minutes, careful not to burn it.
Add the brussels sprouts to the pan, season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes until tender (if they all don't fit in the pan, cook them in two separate batches).
Put the cooked brussels sprouts in a large bowl. Toss with the Balsamic, Raisins, Pecans, Cheese, and Avocado. Finish with a sprinkling of the cheese and balsamic glaze.
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