Now that David and I have discovered that we LIKE brussels sprouts, we are now finding all these different ways to cook and serve them, like with anything we make. This one was good because it added some extra flavors in there, and it was a little more rustic than a traditional pan seared brussels sprout or even an oven roasted one, and it was pretty light for summer. Its a great and easy side dish for grilled dinners, and I also think a good starter for someone who might not be on team brussels sprouts yet! Definitely give this one a try, its quite tasty!
- 1lb. brussels sprouts, halved
- 1 – 1 1/2 cup of crasins
- 3/4 up of feta (or as much as you want)
- 2 tbsp butter
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 cups of cooked barley
In a pot of boiling water, add two cups of cooked barley and prepare according to package instructions ( this usually takes about 30-45 minutes to cook, so about 15 minutes in you can start with the brussels sprout). To cook the sprouts, melt the butter in the pan and the sautee the brussels sprouts over medium high heat until they are tender. slowly add in the crasins as you cook them and mix well.
Once they are tender, turn the heat down, while they are still hot drizzle the syrup and balsamic vinegar over them and fold in to coat all the brussels sprouts. Then let them cool.
After they have cooled pout into a bowl, then add the barley, pecans, and feta cheese and mix well. We ate it the first time at room temperature, then tried it the next day cool, and then decided that warmer was better, so just a little tip, if it sits for a bit, maybe keep it on a warmer or in the microwave, but its definitely not as good straight out of the fridge. I felt like the flavors were not mixed together as well.
Like I said, this dish is definitely a great spin on traditional brussels sprouts and a good way to get people to try them that might be a little apprehensive! Might be a fun and healthy side dish to try with all your tasty grilled treats for the fourth!