Sunday, December 13, 2015

Simple Shaved Brussel Sprouts with Cherries, Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction

Post sponsored by Dole as part of their Get Up and Grow Campaign.

Simple Shaved Brussel Sprouts with Cherries, Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction

Let’s talk Brussel Sprouts.

My friends, why oh why are they such a HIGHLY underrated vegetable?! I happen to LOVE them. As in, they are up there on the favorite vegetable list!

However, let’s get thing straight… Brussels sprouts are notorious for being “Bleh”. But these are NOT your grandma’s plain ol’ steamed Brussels Sprouts, people. These have texture… and flavor… and pizzaz! (Sorry Grandma).

The best part? They cook in 10-12 minutes flat… making this busy momma HAPPY.

Simple Shaved Brussel Sprouts with Cherries, Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction

The key to these are the method of cooking: The shaving and sautéing over high heat to get that epic caramelization. I could literally devour a bowl of these simply shaved, sautéed in a little olive oil and butter, and seasoned with salt and pepper. They are THAT good.

But then to make things a little Festive for the holiday and take a delicious dish over the top… I decided to add some dried cherries, toasted pecans and balsamic reduction.

BAM. Winner Winner.

Welcome to over-the-top vegetable land, friends. Please stay a while. 🙂

Simple Shaved Brussel Sprouts with Cherries, Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction


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Simple Shaved Brussel Sprouts with Cherries, Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8-12 mnutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

A festive holiday version of a vegetable that doesn't get enough attention!


1 pound Dole Brussel Sprouts
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon grass fed butter
1/2-3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Cracked black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup dried cherries
2 tablespoons toasted chopped pecans
Balsamic Reduction for drizzling on top


Trim 1/4"-1/2" off the base of each Brussel Sprout and peel off any beat up outer leaves. Thinly slice the Brussels Sprouts into "shavings". Tip: To make the process super fast, you can run the trimmed Brussels Sprouts through the food processor fitted with a slicer blade!

Heat olive oil and butter in a large non stick skillet over medium-high heat. When the mixture is nice and hot, add the shaved Brussels and toss to coat. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste. Saute, stirring occasionally for 8-10 minutes until Brussels are tender and beginning to brown on the edges. Add dried cherries and stir. Allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes, then spoon Brussels Sprouts into a serving dish. Top with chopped pecans and drizzle a little Balsamic reduction over the top.

Serve hot and enjoy!

I’m a Dole Ambassador and this post is sponsored by Dole. However, as always, all opinions are my own.

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4 Responses to “Simple Shaved Brussel Sprouts with Cherries, Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction”

  1. 1

    Jeff — January 5, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

    Really enjoyed reading your posts and looking at all the beautiful food pictures. Thank you and have blessed 2016!

  2. 2

    Hassan Mostafa Enany — November 2, 2016 @ 7:12 am

    it looks delicious

  3. 3

    John — December 8, 2016 @ 4:28 pm

    I have trouble getting my veggies in and am always looking for new recipes. Brussels sprouts are pretty scary to me but with the cherry and walnuts I am excited to try this soon! Thanks for the new recipe!

  4. 4

    Karenina — July 16, 2018 @ 7:33 pm


    Brussel sprouts are at the my top veggie list, tying 1st place with onions! Ive always loved them. As a kid, family thought I was weird,(Brothers & Daddy: Yuck! 😛 How can you eat those,they’re baby cabbages!? 😨)! Me: I know!Yum! Yum! 😘) but mama never did. She just wished my brothers loved them with equal enthusiasm. They now appreciate them! (Sheesh! What took ya so long? 😏)

    Question ~ 🙋

    Have you ever used fresh cherries? Onions?
    (carmelized, of course)

    What about toasted sesame oil vs balsamic reduction (& add addtl nuts ~ pecans, shaved almonds, pine nuts or sesame seeds?)

    Gonna make these tomorrow eve, as a side, with roasted chicken.

    Thanks so much! Can’t wait! 🙌

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