Brussels sprouts tossed with caramelized shallots that are so good even people that don't like Brussels sprouts will like ...
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I would recommend blanching the sprouts first in seasoned water. Season the blanching water to taste, blanch the sprouts for color and taste, then sear in a separate saute pan. Deglaze the pan with the shallots in it to get excess flavor when adding shallots to the pan with the sprouts. Check for a nice sear on the sprouts by checking one with a pair of tongs, then toss and add a pinch of butter, deglaze, check for seasoning, adjust if necessary (shouldn't really have to much if at all, as seasoning was done when blanching), then boom - amazing sprouts.
Just my 2 cents. The flavors will be much more distinct this way, and the seasoning can be much more controlled by tasting the blanching water ahead of time, adding a nice sear to the sprouts, and not messing with the carmelized taste of the shallots by seasoning directly at the end in excess.
Thanks for the suggestion...will have to try it this way...the only thing I would want to warn people about is the excess water. If the sprouts are not dried really well after blanching, before sauteing them they will simply steam. Also because they are cut into smaller wedges they can over-cook before they have time to brown in the pan.
Did you try the blanching method? And if so did it work okay for you? Thanks again for your input.
I thought that sautéing was typically done over fairly high heat. This recipe recommends using a non-stick fry pan. I'm a bit confused because I thought non-stick pans weren't good for higher heat cooking. I only have stainless steel fry pans. Could I use them instead?