Brussels sprouts, which grow in clusters on long stalks, are so named because they originated in Belgium. We love cooking and eating brussels sprouts when they're in season, particularly when braised in a flavorful liquid (stock, cream, or cider). These dressed-up brussels sprouts are perfect for the holiday table—and they leave the oven open for the main course. Chicken broth added savory depth, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze and olive oil contributed intense flavor and richness. Pine nuts lent a delicate crunch.
Keep reading for an indispensable prep tip and the recipe.
Prep tip: Smaller sprouts are "tender and sweet," but those larger than an inch across can be "bitter," with a "rotten egg" aroma. Trim the stem ends and remove any discolored leaves.
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2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
2 cups chicken broth
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic glaze
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Combine brussels sprouts, broth, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in slow cooker. Cover and cook until brussels sprouts are tender, 2 to 3 hours on high.
- Drain brussels sprouts and transfer to serving dish. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and oil, then sprinkle with pine nuts and parmesan. Serve.
- Vegetables, Side Dishes
- Serves 4 to 6