Garlic butter sprouts
- December 2022
- Serves 4-6 as a side
- Hands-on time 5 min. Simmering time 30 min
Sprouts can still divide the dinner table at Christmas but, as with many things in life, a hefty helping of butter can help turn the tide. Rather than boiling the brassica (which can make them mushy and bitter), gently cooking them until crisp and caramelised brings out their natural sweetness. This is how we cook our sprouts every Christmas – give it a go and see why.
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- 12.1g (7.2g saturated)
- 3.7g (2.6g sugars)
- 80g salted butter
- 500g brussels sprouts, any discoloured outer leaves removed and halved
- 5 garlic cloves
- Splash cider vinegar or lemon juice
- Melt the butter in a large frying pan over a low-medium heat. Add the sprouts and cook slowly in the foaming butter for around 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want them to crisp up and get a nice, deep caramelisation.
- Finely grate the garlic cloves into the sprouts, then cook for a further 5 minutes until the garlic has infused all its flavour into the remaining butter. The sprouts should be crispy on the outside and meltingly tender inside. Taste and season with salt and vinegar or lemon juice.
We’ve kept these garlicky sprouts simple as there’s lots to contend with on the Christmas dinner plate, but you can easily up the ante with extra flavourings. Some of our favourites include anchovies, crispy sage leaves or lemon zest.
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