Brussels sprouts are oddly fashionable these past couple of years. They have two things going for them:
- Underdog status. A lot of people hated them because they were boiled to death for much of the 20th century.
- But they are actually delicious when prepared well.
Now we’ve caught on that they are wonderful when pan-fried, deep-fried, broiled, roasted or otherwise subjected to high heat for shorter periods of time. (Of course, I actually still love them steamed or boiled and served with good sweet butter as long you don’t overcook them.)
I think you’ll enjoy this version, which has just 7 ingredients, of which 5 are pantry staples. It comes together in only 10 or 15 minutes. The shiitakes and smoked paprika add to the earthy complexity of the nearly-charred sprouts
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Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shiitakes and Smoked Paprika
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and kosher
Serves 2-3 as a side dish
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 6 fresh shiitake mushroom caps, sliced about 1/8″ thick
- Kosher salt
- 3 cups brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered (about 9 ounces / 250 grams)
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Flaky salt such as Maldon (aka the world’s greatest salt)
- Line a plate with paper towels. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil, and when it shimmers, add the mushrooms caps in a single layer. Cook until well browned on one side, about one minute, then flip and cook the other side. When the second side is browned, remove with a slotted spatula to the paper towels, leaving as much oil behind as possible. Season with a sprinkle of Kosher salt.
- With the skillet still on medium high heat, add the brussels sprouts and toss to coat with oil, adding a bit more oil if needed. Cook, turning occasionally, until tender and many surface have dark brown spots. I like mine almost charred.
- Add the smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt and the reserved shiitakes. Toss, then taste and adjust seasoning. Transfer to a serving platter, finish with black pepper and a few grains of flaky salt and serve.