Brussels Sprouts in Hazelnut Butter
I have been making this dish as a side for my Thanksgiving and other special fall and winter occasions for at least two decades. If you can buy freshly roasted hazelnuts, that will save some work without sacrificing taste. Frozen Brussels sprouts will make the process much easier, but with major deduction in taste and texture.
- Serves: 4 persons
- nonstick cooking spray
- ½cup hazelnuts
- 6tablespoons butter, softened, divided
- 1tablespoon minced shallot
- 1¼ pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed
Step 1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Step 2Spread out 1/2 cup plus 8 hazelnuts evenly on the prepared baking sheet.
Step 3Toast hazelnuts in the preheated oven, stirring frequently, until the skins crack and they turn light brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn them. Remove from oven and set aside until cool enough to handle. Roll cooled nuts between the palms of your hands to remove the skins.
Step 4Set aside 8 hazelnuts and chop them coarsely for garnish. Transfer remaining hazelnuts to a food processor and finely chop.
Step 5Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat and cook shallots until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
Step 6Combine remaining 5 tablespoons butter, cooked shallots, and ground hazelnuts in a bowl and blend hazelnut butter well.
Step 7Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add Brussels sprouts, cover, and steam until just tender, about 5 minutes.
Step 8Melt hazelnut butter in a pot over low heat. Add Brussels sprouts and toss to coat with the nut butter. Serve sprinkled with reserved chopped hazelnuts.