PAN-SEARED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CRANBERRIES & PECANS

December 15, 2012

Without realizing, you may have already laid your peepers on this flavorful side as it is pictured here with my world’s best chicken recipe. So many of you asked for the how-to of these brussels! And I’m happy to indulge. You’ll love this dish because it is versatile with many entrees AND the ingredients are available year-round, especially in winter (bonus!).

PAN-SEARED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CRANBERRIES & PECANS from Rachel Schultz

PAN-SEARED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CRANBERRIES & PECANS
Serves 3-4

1 pound brussels sprouts, de-stemed and halved
2/3 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup pecans
1/2 cup barley
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Salt & pepper

Prepare barley according to package instructions. Heat brussels sprouts, cranberries, and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season with salt & pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes.

PAN-SEARED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CRANBERRIES & PECANS from Rachel Schultz

Add balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Stir to coat and remove from heat.

PAN-SEARED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CRANBERRIES & PECANS from Rachel Schultz

Toss barley, sprouts, cranberries, and pecans in a large bowl. Top with gorgonzola.

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PAN-SEARED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CRANBERRIES & PECANS
 
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Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, de-stemed and halved
  • ⅔ cup fresh cranberries
  • ⅓ cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • ⅓ cup pecans
  • ½ cup barley
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare barley according to package instructions.
  2. Heat brussels sprouts, cranberries, and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Season with salt & pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Stir to coat and remove from heat.
  5. Toss barley, sprouts, cranberries, and pecans in a large bowl. Top with gorgonzola.

Adapted from Cookie + Kate.

Comments

  • dm

    a great side but I substituted red quinoa for barley, roasted pecans then roasted brussels sprouts, cooked cranberries with quinoa then added maple syrup and pear balsamic vinegar then combined all with the cheese in recipe above sprinkled on top…

  • Patty

    We altered the recipe to use almonds instead of pecans, no cheese, no barley and it was amazing.

  • haley

    love this! substituted the barley for farro and pre cooked the brussel sprouts in oven for 20 minutes, yum!

  • Thanks for sharing this great recipe! I modified it only slightly to make it a bit more carb compliant, and my family loved it with our Thanksgiving meal! It will be a regular dish in my house from now on, too.

  • Eleni

    This is the first time I have ever left a comment regarding a recipe and that is because I am utterly surprised at how bad this turned out for me. I am a good cook. Even if a new recipe doesn’t turn out to my expectations it never fails to satisfy everyone else. This didn’t even make it to the table…went straight to the garbage. I have never thrown a whole pot of food away like this but it was seriously inedible a. Idecided to stick to the cooking time mentioned in the recipe even though I thought it was too little to cook the sprouts sufficiently and to break down the bitter tanginess of the cranberries. I love my sprouts a little crunchy but these were just raw. Cranberries super sour. The maple wasn’t enough to sweeten the cranberries. Raw and sour a very unpleasant combo. The pecans should have been toasted. The barley just made the whole dish a lot more unpleasant. I am glad I didn’t add the Gorgonzola before I tasted it or another ingredient would have gone to waste. I am really curious as to whether everyone stuck to the recipe exactly and I turned out great – if that’s the case I have no idea what went wrong with mine. Great looking dish in the photos, which is what made me want to try this.

  • dee

    THIS RECIPE is way better fresh! I think by waiting to mix the cheese for when it cools off… And the barley doesn’t mix well with the big sprouts… So I decided no barley. But I love the taste over all! Thank you.

  • Jamie

    Is it still good if I make it the night before and serve cold? Also couldn’t find barley so I’m using Farro instead.

    • Rachel Schultz

      It is better fresh.

  • Jaclyn

    Can you make ahead and reheat?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yes, but it’d be better fresh.

  • Anonymous

    Can you make ahead and reheat?

  • Anonymous

    Although I LOVE Brussels sprouts, no one else at my table does. Do you think this recipe would work with Asparagus? If so, would you think the asparagus would cook the same or longer? Thanks!

  • Dotty

    November, 2014: I made this over the weekend as a run-through for Thanksgiving. I loved the idea of this, but decided to make it a cold salad since my menu is laden with the usual hot dishes. I made a vinegrette (olive oil, apple cider vinegar, a little dijon mustard, and honey)and roasted the brussels sprouts in the oven (my usual method). I substituted dried cranberries for fresh. I combined all the ingredients and tossed with the dressing and chilled. Delicious! Another time I think I’ll try the hot version.

  • Emily

    Do you need to use real (expensive) maple syrup or can you use the fake kind? Broke college student wanting to know!

    • Rachel Schultz

      The maple syrup will make a big difference.

  • Valerie C.

    These were great, thank you! I love making Brussels sprouts, and this recipe is now one of my favorites. Easy to make and delicious!

  • Sue

    these were great! My husband loved them. I did parboil a couple minutes and didn’t use barley (carbs). Thank you!

    • Rachel Schultz

      You’re welcome!

    • Anonymous

      How was it without the barley?

  • I could eat this for days! can’t wait to try it.

  • Joy

    this looks delicious. I cant wait to try.

  • i can’t wait to make this! i have pretty much all of these ingredients in my fridge already, but I think I might try subbing in goat cheese and hazelnuts for the cheese and crunch!!

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  • Fay

    Will this be good or Great served at Room temperature
    I’m desperately looking for great sides that can be served at room temperature (thanksgiving menu or inspired menu)
    I already have items on the stove top and oven

  • Awesome recipe! I especially like the combination of nuttily and sweet flavour.

    First time I cooked barley and am not disappointed.

    Recipe is on the way to become a regular!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Erica

    Do these really cook in ten minutes?

  • Debbie Gaydos

    This looks AMAZING and I can’t wait to try it. My son is allergic to nuts…. I know I could just leave them out, but do you have any suggestions for something to substitute that would add some crunch? Thanks :)

  • Anonymous

    Just made. A hit with everyone! Thanks for sharing.

    • Natal

      Did you steam the sprouts first? Mine taste raw :(

  • Sue

    Brussels sprouts

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  • Isabelle

    I just made it for supper with pork loin on the side and it was amazinggg! I used feta cheese :)
    Thanks for the recipe!!

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  • Brenda

    This was phenomenal!!! I substituted blue cheese for gorgonzola and we loved it. Made lamb chops on the grill and this was the perfect side!! Thank you

  • Found it! Wow, this looks incredible!

  • Melissa

    Made this with goat cheese – amazing!! Thanks for the great brussels sprout recipe, I’ll definitely use it again, and its so versatile :)

  • Tamara

    If the recipe is made without cheese, would it still be as amazing as it looks?
    Or can something else be substituted instead of dairy?

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