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Balsamic Brussels Sprouts {Simplified Healthy Way}

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Balsamic Brussels sprouts featuring blanched Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and cranberry. A truly quick, healthy, and tasty vegetable dish you can whip out quickly.

Our Home Garden Brussels Sprouts

We like to try new things in our vegetable garden each year. This year, my husband got two Brussels sprouts plants. Well, they didn’t grow as big as the ones in the grocery store, but are very tender and tasty.

homegrown brussels sprouts

Brussels Sprouts Fun Facts

Brussels Sprouts are mini cabbages but have a stronger inherent bitterness compared to cabbage. Balsamic vinegar and sugar cut down its bitterness and replace it with a sweet, nutty taste.

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Fun Comparison – Balsamic vs. Zhenjiang Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is my other favorite vinegar, besides Zhenjiang vinegar. I am convinced that balsamic vinegar is an Italian version of Zhenjiang vinegar. LOL.

Both are super rich, extremely dark, and take years to complete the fermenting & aging process. Also, ancient people use whatever they have locally. For Italian, it is grapes; for Chinese, it is sweet rice and wheat bran. I have to say, both did outstanding jobs.

I am a big fan of both, such a simple and rich flavored condiment that makes everything tastes better. My kind of salad is just to add a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar to the bowl. My kids’ favorite cucumber dish is cucumber slices mixed with a little Zhenjiang vinegar. That simple.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you prepare Brussels Sprouts for cooking?

Wash and rinse thoroughly a few times. Peel off the outer layer of dried and damaged leaves. Trim the bottom and then cut into halves for easier cooking.

How long do you cook Brussels Sprouts?

Blanch them in boiling water in a large stockpot (8 Qt) with a lid covered for 3 minutes.

How do you make a tasty sauce for blanched Brussels Sprouts?

Add balsamic vinegar, sugar, and water into a small saucepan. For each portion of balsamic vinegar, use 1/2 portion of sugar and 1/2 portion of water. Bring it to a boil and then simmer for 3 minutes.

For one pound of Brussels sprouts, you will need about 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.

Are you making a quick dinner? Either braised salmon or braised veal goes great with this vegetable dish to complete the meal.

balsamic brussels sprouts

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts {Simplified Healthy Way} Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes

Balsamic Brussels sprouts featuring blanched Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and cranberry. A truly quick, healthy, and tasty vegetable dish you can whip out quickly.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp organic raw cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup of dried cranberry, chopped

Instructions

  1. Fill a large stockpot (8 Qt) with half water, turn the heat to high, and bring it to a boil, about 15 minutes.
  2. Wash and rinse brussels sprouts thoroughly, peel off any outer layer leaves that are damaged, trim the bottom, and then cut each brussels sprouts into halves.
  3. Add brussels sprouts into the boiling water, cover with a lid, and boil for 3 minutes
  4. Remove the brussels sprouts from the stockpot using a spider skimmer, drain and place them into a serving bowl.
  5. Make the sauce - add balsamic vinegar, sugar, and water into a small saucepan, bring it to boil, and then turn it into a simmer and simmer for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the dried cranberry to the bowl, and drizzle the sauce over the brussels sprouts and gently fold and mix.
  7. Set aside for 10 minutes and let the flavor soak up before serving.

    Notes

    • The sprouts I am using is homegrown, small, and tender. I only blanched for 3 minutes. Feel free to increase the cooking time up to 5 minutes if the Brussels sprouts are larger.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 6 servings Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 614mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 15g

    Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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