Thursday, September 30, 2010

{ Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Chiplote Aoili }

One of my absolute favorite vegetables is Brussel sprouts. Often I hear from folks that this is their least favorite. My least favorite would be broccoli – I know it is so good for you and the majority of people love it. Unfortunately, it is the one and only veggie that is not ever stepped foot into my house.

I remember when we were small, my younger cousin came over for dinner and my Mom had prepared Brussels sprouts for dinner. She looked at these as if she had never seen them before and indeed this was the first time she experienced them. She tasted it and then exclaimed that they looked like little heads of lettuce. We all still remember that dinner.

The recipe below is probably the most frequent way that I cook Brussel minus the aoili - that is a special treat. Although, a decadent way to enjoy these little gems is with bacon and instead of the olive oil, you cook in the bacon renderings. Then at the last minute you toss the Brussels with the crumbled bacon bits. Paula Deen would be proud!

Serves Four

Brussels sprouts

32 to 36 Brussel Sprouts
Olive Oil
Lawry’s season salt
Fresh ground pepper

Remove with a knife the bottom of each Brussel sprouts and then cut in half or quarters. In a large skillet add about ¼ to 1/3 cup olive oil and heat on medium. Add the Brussels and coat with the olive oil. Season with the salt and pepper. Continue to cook until golden brown. Serve along side the chipotle Aioli for dipping.

Chipotle Aioli

½ C. Mayonnaise
1 T. Chives, finely chopped
1 Garlic clove, finely minced
½ t. Lemon juice
1 large Adobo chili
Salt and pepper

Add all of the above ingredients into a food processor until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Place into a container with a lid and refrigerate until ready to use.


  1. I have to be honest here. I think I say I hate brussel sprouts but have never actually tried them. It must be their bad reputation that precedes them :) Your recipe looks like a good twist on them though, and like something I need to give a try! Thanks :) PS, I've got a giveaway going on that I think you might be interested in :) Stop by and check it out!

  2. LOL! I'm one of those who will choose broccoli over brussel sprouts ANY day. Brussel sprouts never set foot in our house. Looks like a delish recipe but chances are I'd make it with broccoli.

  3. I LOVE brussels sprouts! The best part is that no one else does so I never have to share them.

  4. Lisa, sounds crazy but I was craving brussels sprouts a couple of days ago. We were on the coast and we saw some being picked already and I really wanted them. I love the crisp brown bits on yours and maybe I'll treat the hubby to this wonderful aioli instead of the plain mayo that I've given him at times! Have a great weekend!

  5. I love brussels sprouts! Thanks for another way to make them. :)

  6. I love them, but never make them for some reason....I bet the Chipotle Aoili sauce would be wonderful with them, thanks for sharing!

  7. I honestly am not a big fan of brussel sprouts, but then again I have not tried them in a while. This may be the recipe that I try to overcome by brussle sprout fears haha

  8. looks simple and good! YUMMS very healthy too. i need one of these!

    its FRIDAY! Have a lovely weekend!
    jen @

  9. I had brussel sprouts for the first time a couple weeks ago! My mother didn't like them so she never fixed them for us.. but I would like to try yours with that delicious sounding aioli sauce!!

  10. I have been loving brussel sprouts since I was a kid (bizarre, I know, but I love 'em!), this recipe sounds delicious :)!


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