Thursday, June 20, 2013

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Bites | Friday Night Bites

I look forward to Friday Nights.  It is the end of the week and time to wind down with appetizers and wine with my hubby, sometimes with the addition of great friends.  Lately we have been enjoying sitting outside in our backyard with the fountain running in the background and feeling like we are in an oasis.  It is the perfect way to kick off the weekend.

I am a bit obsessed with Brussels sprouts.  Whether they are roasted, shaved or pan fried, they have to be my absolute favorite vegetable.  I must admit there is only one veggie that I simply can’t eat.  It is the one that I found most people on this planet love.  When I share with folks that it is not on my list of veggies to eat, they are a bit shocked.  I think it is because, I love food and thus people think you love everything.

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Oh, the vegetable is broccoli.  I know I should probably love it especially since I love cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.  At my office, there are many broccoli lovers.  So much that they bring it for lunch often and tend to want to heat it up in the microwave.  Typically not an issue, expect my office sits directly across from our office kitchen.  Once I get a whiff, my door closes until the smell dissipates.  Maybe someday, I will grow to like it, but not likely.

I have served these tasty appetizers to folks who like me with broccoli don’t care for Brussels sprouts and they are stunned when they say how delicious it is.  Perhaps if broccoli was disguised I might like it.  Smile. This is a take on this recipe that I posted almost three years ago and just had to recreate it a bit. 

Just a quick question for all of you, my loyal readers ....... what types of appetizers would you like to see in future segments of Friday Night Bites?  Ideas welcomed. Smile.

Shaved Brussels Sprout Bites

Makes 30

12 to 14 Large Brussels Sprouts 
3 Garlic cloves, minced
½ C. Shaved parmesan
1/3 Cup Marcona Almonds, chopped
1 T. Lemon juice
6 T. Butter
2 T. Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Truffle oil
1 to 2 packages of Mini Fillo Cups

Use either a mandolin or chefs knife to slice each Brussels sprouts thin. Cut off the bottom stem and then slice thin. In a large sauté pan melt the butter and olive oil together over medium heat. Add the garlic, Brussels sprouts and cook for about two minutes. Take off the heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Add a light drizzle of the truffle oil & the lemon juice and taste, then adjust until desired levels are achieved. Toss in the parmesan cheese and add more if desired.  Lastly add the chopped marcona almonds.  Reserve a couple tablespoons to sprinkle on top.

Lightly toast in a 350 degree oven for about 3 to 5 minutes the filo dough cups.  Let cool and add the shaved Brussels sprouts filling.


  1. Those are so perfect for a cocktail party!

  2. Lisa, the only vegetable that hasn't grown on me yet is Brussels sprouts. However, after seeing your recipe, that might change! :) (Love the mini fillo cups!)

    Also, broccoli used to me on my no-eat list too. But I've discoverd that it's much tastier in raw form!

  3. These are such a great idea. I wish I had a few right now!

  4. Such elegant little bites... YUM

  5. What cute little bites, I love the marcona almonds!

  6. Wonderful idea!! I love Brussels sprouts!

  7. Hope you can be friends with someone who honestly loves Brussels sprouts, but absolutely adores broccoli too . . . yes, well!

  8. Yummy! Funny my 2 favourite veggies are Sprouts and... BROCCOLI!!!
    Can't get anough of either of them :)
    Janie x

  9. Lisa, It's Friday night and I wish I was enjoying a few of these out near your fountain, they look wonderful!

  10. Friday nights are the best.
    The only way I make brussel sprout is baking em'. These look adorable, and what party starter.

  11. Love these Friday night bites, they look pretty good on Monday am too, smile ;-). I'll have to give some thought to appetizer ideas, have to get back to you on that one!

  12. I think I know what you mean about broccoli. When it's microwaved or boiled I don't really like the smell either. Have you ever tried roasting it or pan frying it like you would prepare brussels sprouts? It's so good this way. Just a suggestion because it was never a favorite vegetable until I started cooking it this way. Love your creative recipes for brussels sprouts, though. Keep them coming because I love them all!

  13. Another wonderful start to any party Lisa!!

  14. Made these for Christmas and they are delicious. I substituted chopped walnuts for the almonds as I LOVE walnuts with Brussel Sprouts. Thanks!

    1. SO glad that you liked them! I will have to try the walnuts! Happy Holidays!

    2. And my son wants them again! (always good when you can get your kids to eat healthy stuff like brussel sprouts!) Making today with almonds as my guest is allergic to walnuts.


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