Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Apples

Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Apples Recipe


I bought a three-foot stretch of brussels sprouts the other morning at the farmers' market. For those of you who've never encountered the spectacle of brussels sprouts still on the stalk, it is something to behold. A thick, stick-straight center stalk is punctuated by tight, green brussels sprout pom-poms. It looks fantastically prehistoric. And while it doesn't fit very nicely in my market basket, once I get it home the sprouts will keep nicely this way - seemingly longer than off the stalk. I buy sprouts on the stalk whenever I can, and typically get three or four sprout-centric meals out of each, breaking off the buds as needed. In this case I combined shredded brussels sprout ribbons, apples, garlic, pine nuts, (and tofu if you like) in a skillet with a hint of maple syrup.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts

I know not all are brussels sprout fans, but based on some of the emails you've passed along to me, this golden-crusted brussels sprout recipe (posted last year) seems to be a well-received gateway recipe for people who thought they didn't like brussels sprouts, but really do. You could start there, and then make the jump to this recipe if you're at all apprehensive ;)...

 
 
 
 

Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Apples

Feel free to leave out the tofu if you like - I add it to make this a one skillet meal.
I used the Wildwood Organics baked savory tofu here, it browns up nicely and holds its shape - though any extra-firm tofu will work. If you don't feel like shredding the brussels sprouts, you could do a version of this recipes cutting them into quarters instead - a bit quicker as far as prepping the ingredients goes.

1 large, crisp apple, cut into bite-sized wedges
1 lemon, juice only

4 ounces extra-firm tofu cut into tiny-inch cubes (see photo)
a couple pinches of fine-grain sea salt
a couple splashes of olive oil
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
a scant tablespoon of maple syrup
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted and chopped

12 ounces (3/4 pound). brussels sprouts, washed and cut into 1/8-inch wide ribbons

Soak the apples in a bowl filled with water and the juice of one lemon.

Cook the tofu in large hot skillet with a bit of salt and a splash of oil. Saute until golden, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, wait a few seconds, now stir in the maple syrup, and cook another 30 seconds or so. Drain the apples, and add them to the skillet, cooking for another minute. Scrape the apple and tofu mixture out onto a plate and set aside while you cook the brussels sprouts.

In the same pan (no need to wash), add a touch more oil, another pinch of salt, and dial the heat up to medium-high. When the pan is nice and hot stir in the shredded brussels sprouts. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring a couple times (but not too often) until you get some golden bits, and the rest of the sprouts are bright and delicious.
Stir the apple mixture back into the skillet alongside the brussels sprouts 1/2 of the pine nuts - gently stir to combine. Remove from heat and enjoy immediately sprinkled with the remaining pine nuts. This isn't a dish you want sitting around, the flavors change dramatically after ten minutes or so, and I think that is part of the reason brussels sprouts get a bad rap. Even I don't like them after they've been sitting around.

Serves 2 - 3 as a main, 4 as a side.

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Sarah Bell
October 29, 2008

Will definitely have to try this one, I absolutely love brussels sprouts and I might even go as far to say they are my favourite vegetable. Looks an interesting and really delicious recipe.

 

meliSsa
October 29, 2008

cannot wait to try this! i've already made your golden-crusted sprouts recipe a couple times this season, but i love the idea of adding apples. yes, those stalks are a bit cumbersome for the farmer's market basket!

 

Amanda
October 29, 2008

Definitely will have to try this one. I have made the Carmelized Tofu recipe with Brussel Sprouts about 10 times now...this is similar and sounds delicious! Cannot wait to try it!

 

Gene
October 29, 2008

Gorgeous...

 

Jannet Fahn
October 29, 2008

Wow I never knew that they sprouted on stalks, I some how imagined that they just grew like miniature versions of cabbages. A question about the stalk though, is that edible raw or should it (can it) be cooked? When I buy vegetables I try to use all parts of it (ie radish greens, cauliflower leaves, etc.). It sorta resembles broccoli stalks.

 

I am a brussel sprout convert because of the golden crusted recipe in SNC! Can't wait to try this one. The only thing is that I have yet to see organic brussel sprouts available anywhere near me...odd...

 

Tom Marsh
October 29, 2008

Simply beautful, Heidi.

Even my toddler son will eat this up! (But he already digs brussel sprouts, so we're lucky.)

Props to continued EZ healthy ideas.

 

John
October 29, 2008

Thanks for the recipe. Sounds terrific!

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Cheers.

John

 

elizabeth
October 29, 2008

It took cinnamon, butter, nuts, and a little sugar for me to like brussel sprouts. So now I'm trying to branch out, and this seems like a perfect opportunity to do that.

 

elizabeth
October 29, 2008

It took cinnamon, butter, nuts, and a little sugar for me to like brussel sprouts. So now I'm trying to branch out, and this seems like a perfect opportunity to do that.

 

I have to say that I'm not usually a fan of brussel sprouts but you make it look really good. Might have to just give them a try!

 

Aaron Kagan
October 29, 2008

I think people who hate Brussels sprouts just hate bad Brussels sprouts, which everyone should.

Those limp, defrosted ones we all grew up with give the real thing a bad name.

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maggie
October 29, 2008

Have never bought the stalks (though I love seeing them at the farmer's market!) Do the sprouts keep longer that way? Does the giant stalk fit in your fridge?

 

Fit Bottomed Girls
October 29, 2008

I have never actually cooked brussel sprouts -- ack! This doesn't seem too hard to try though...

 

Jill
October 29, 2008

these photos are gorgeous and the recipe makes my mouth water! (and- i admit- i've never even had a brussel sprout!) i'll be trying this recipe out this weekend- can't wait!

 

Abby
October 29, 2008

I'll readily admit that I've never had a truly fresh brussels sprouts - only frozen (which, yes, are fresh-frozen, but still!)

Unless I go to Whole Paycheck I don't see them on the stalk. But I'm going to check the Farmer's Market now that there's a chill in the air. I love roasted brussels sprouts and haven't made them in quite awhile!

 

Hilary @ Smorgasbite
October 29, 2008

I just saw some Brussels Sprouts stalks at the farmer's stand in Southampton this weekend.

Your recipe is innovative.. I'll have to try it out!

 

Lucy
October 29, 2008

Love the sound of this combination! And shredded Brussels sprouts should be delicious. I'll opt to leave the tofu out.

 

Carolina
October 29, 2008

I was one of those who 'thought' she didn't like Brussels Sprouts. I learned differently about 5 years ago, when I finally had them cooked correctly. I grew up having them boiled till the life was cooked out of them, and they stunk to high heaven. I never could figure out why I loved cabbage, Kale, broccoli, and all the other cole vegetables, and hated those 'cute' little sprouts so much. Now, I love them, and grow them, and know they're best after the first frost of the season. (If there hasn't been a frost yet, I pick them and throw them in a freezer for a few hours. That sweetens them up too. Just allow them to thaw slowly, as they would outside.) I will try this recipe next.

 

Carolina
October 29, 2008

PS...DON'T let them freeze 'solid'. It's enough when the top several layers are 'crisp'. And DON'T blanch them first, or you might as well buy the frozen ones at the grocery.

 

kristen
October 29, 2008

hooray! this is going on my list of potential thanksgiving dinner recipes.

 

mouse
October 29, 2008

I've bought them on the stalk (the first time I saw them this way, I simply couldn't resist) - but there is the problem of fitting the stalk in the fridge. Do you leave them out in a container of water, like a cut flower? Or do they do OK just out? Do they just leave them out overnight in the store? Or do they stay fresher because they did have longer on the stalk, while they were transported? (I think when I bought them before, I cut them off when I got home because that was the only way they fit in the fridge).

HS: Hi Mouse, I break the stalk in half, place each piece in a bag, and then place them in the refrigerator.

 

Angela
October 29, 2008

I love brussel sprouts. I never realized how they grew. Thanks for that. Shredded sounds so good. Of course, I might like to see them with grilled sausage. Can't wait to try it.

 

Erin
October 29, 2008

I am a freak for Brussels sprouts and am always experimenting with new ways to cook them. Love your idea.

 

Sharona
October 29, 2008

I agree - like most veggies we had - and hated - as kids, most of us didn't grow up eating fresh brussels sprouts! I love 'em like this and can't wait to try this recipe. But if it's OK with you, Heidi - I'm going to try it with hickory smoked tofu. Mmmm, mmmm! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the inspiration!

 

Biz
October 29, 2008

Huh! I have never seen brussel sprouts like that before!

I haven't tried them as a child - I may have to give these another try!

Thanks Heidi!

 

joey
October 29, 2008

I never had brussels sprouts as a kid (they are not a common veggie here) which I think is the reason I love them so much now! :) They are my favorite vegetable even if I only get them imported (and horribly expensive! oh to be able to get them on the stalk!) over here. I have a whole collection of brussels sprout recipes and this is going into it!!! :) Thank you!

 

maryb
October 29, 2008

One year for New Years Eve we had a progressive dinner party. As a die-hard fan of anything grilled, I saw a stalk of b-sprouts at the local health food store and decided to throw them on my barbeque. It was very dramatic and pretty darn tasty. I made a lightly sweet dressing of olive oil and cider vinegar with some shallots. I carved the whole thing at the table like it was some kind of crazy roast beast. Spectacular and delicious!

 

Adrienne
October 29, 2008

After making the Pepita Salad for lunch, I made this offering for dinner! Delicious combination of flavors. Don't burn the sprouts even a little, or the whole house will be "cruciferied." Didn't have the savory Wildwood, so lightly dusted firm tofu cubes with corn starch and fried them instead. Also added a bit of homemade teriyaki sauce for the savory element. Thanks for dinner, Heidi!

 

emma
October 29, 2008

"sprout centric" I love it.
Almost as cool as "far out, brussel sprout!"

 

Carol Peterman
October 29, 2008

I love brussels sprouts and I suspect much of the credit goes to my mother who served them to us kids by spinning them as "Barbie Cabbages." My sisters and I ate them up! This recipe looks delicious.

 

Heather
October 29, 2008

Just wondering, why do you soak the apple in water and lemon juice?

HS: Hi Heather, it's just to keep the apples from browning. You could certainly cut them just before using, and skip the water/lemon.

 

Cilla
October 29, 2008

I've been a fan of brussels sprouts (yes even the boiled version) since childhood. I'll definitely be trying this recipe soon.

 

Kim
October 30, 2008

Is there something that would readily substitute for the maple syrup? I love the sound of this recipe, but we can't get maple syrup in my part of the world...

HS: Hi Kim, you could do a light sprinkling of a tablespoon of fine-grain brown sugar.

 

Do
October 30, 2008

I thought about making a brussel sprouts "potée" this lunch, your idea is much better and original, thanks !
You're the only the newsletter I receive and I neverregret it.
Thanks a lot !!!

 

Curzon Tussaud
October 30, 2008

I firmly believe that water is the enemy of the brussels sprout! Look at this lovely print: when I bought a copy from Ann she told me that the Duke of Edinburgh also has one!

 

Aly Levy
October 30, 2008

Sounds really terrific and so easy to prepare. I am so glad I found your site for easy and nutritious vegetarian recipes.

 

VeggieGirl
October 30, 2008

Wonderful recipe and dish, as always.

 

lesley
October 30, 2008

It's great to see the good old sprout up there! There's so much you can do to with them to convert the non converted. I usually hang the stalk in the garage, it's good for a week, but mind your head!

 

Elise
October 30, 2008

I am a big brussel sprout on the stick person. I love the way they look and have grown to like their flavor. Thank you for the inspired recipe, am going to make it after the farmers market this sat. Can you give us your thoughts about celeriac, I'm getting tired of my remoulade.
thank you.

 

Snowmeg
October 30, 2008

I hate chopping. How do people think brussel sprouts would hold up in the food processor? I have read that shredded sprouts cook faster, and therefore lose some of the sulfur edge that a lot of people don't like. I'd like to try this but am unlikely to go through all the chopping.

 

Pam
October 30, 2008

This looks good. I too was never a brussels sprouts fan until I saw Lidia Bastianich make them - she separated the leaves (though I suppose shredding would work too), sauteed them with olive oil and garlic, maybe a TB of water if it's too dry, and finished with a TB of balsamic vinegar. Delicious. Couldn't keep my preteen daughter away from them.

 

judie La Flamme
October 30, 2008

Hello Heidi, only you can take Brussels sprouts to new heights. Can't wait to try this. I live down the road from one of the major sprouts growers, so it's easy to get them on the stalk & yes, they do keep longer that way.
Why are people afraid of the "s" in Brussels sprouts? It's for the city in Belgium, I believe.

 

Raag
October 30, 2008

I have to give credit to you to make the Brussel sprouts so good. You have a way with words. I read your intro to the recipe more than the recipe. Being a born vegetarian, I love your site and efforts. And have tried two of your recipes in Oct, being only one month that I stumbled upon your site. Thanks.

 

Raag
October 30, 2008

TYPO...I meant sound so good. They of course must be tasting good. I shall try. Thanks again.

 

Monica
October 30, 2008

Heidi:

Perfect--love brussels sprouts (have some with me for lunch-- marinated in red wine viniagrette with pistachios)-- I will be using this recipe for Thanksgiving-- by the way, as much as I would like to buy them on the vine, I love the Trader Joe's bag-- cleaned and ready to be nuked! (sorry!))

By the way, love this site and your obvious love of wholesome and great-tasting food!

 

I love waking up to recipes like this! My sister and I plan to make a brussels sprout salad for Thanksgiving, but haven't come up with a recipe yet. Something tells me this will be it! I love the shredded texture of the sprouts, and when they are paired with something sweet (like apples or caramelized shallots) - oh, it is sooo tasty. I could eat it for days.

 

Conflict Geek
October 30, 2008

This sounds fabulous. Since I usually cook for one, I'll try cooking the full batch of everything except the brussels sprouts, then just sauteing the sprouts fresh each evening and adding them into the rest of the heated up mixture.

 

Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet
October 30, 2008

I recently hosted a bacon party at my house, and the far and away winning recipe was a recipe that prepared brussels sprouts with apples and bacon, served with pan seared scallops. Divine! This one has the same mouthwatering look, but in a vegetarian variation.

 

Lainey
October 30, 2008

i think the problem with brussels sprouts is that a certain generation was served the vegetable pickled in vinegar and forced to eat them before they were excused from the table. i would guess sometime in the 1960s and 70s

 

Kay
October 30, 2008

Off to the store to get the ingredents, another recipe that looks great!
Thanks Heidi

PS the soup from the other day was wonderful go get some couscous and make it !

 

Kay
October 30, 2008

Off to the store to get the ingredents, another recipe that looks great!
Thanks Heidi

PS the soup from the other day was wonderful go get some couscous and make it !

 

Tonya
October 30, 2008

I have converted many many people to the enjoyment of Brussel Sprouts! They were pretty sure they hated them.....I grew them in my p-patch garden one year and what a great treat to twist off 10 or so at a time! I love brussel sprouts- olive oil sauted onion, garlic and Marjoram-something about that herb that goes well with the sprouts! Enjoy!

 

Kay
October 30, 2008

Off to the store to get the ingredents, another recipe that looks great!
Thanks Heidi

PS the soup from the other day was wonderful go get some couscous and make it !

 

Ruth
October 30, 2008

Generally I'm not a big fan of brussels sprouts, but this recipe looks too good to pass up!

 

Joe
October 30, 2008

Perfectly timed! They've just come onto the Autumn markets here in the UK and as my wife came home with one today now's the time to try the recipe.

But don't forget, they're great to eat raw too - just snap them off and chomp on them for a crisp, crunchy and slightly peppery taste, nothing at all like the cooked flavour.

 

Lina
October 30, 2008

I will be a dweller of your site, definitely. You've got so many different recipes I've never seen before, so many vegetarian recipes... Have just read Peach Gnocchi recipe - I can't imagine potatoes with peachy flavor - but it stopped sounding wrong for me and may be some day I will dare to try making such extravagant thing myself:) Thank you for inspiration and courage!

 

Darren
October 30, 2008

I can't wait to try it. It sounds delicious!

 

Cynthia
October 30, 2008

This sounds absolutely yummy! I LOVE brussel sprouts!

I have to try this!

 

Erin
October 30, 2008

I didn't have tofu on hand, but I _did_ have a quarter of a butternut squash leftover from earlier this week. I cubed it and stuck it in this recipe in place of the tofu. It was delicious! The nutty squash flavor nicely bridged the garlic and the maple syrup, and added a great bright orange color to the dish. Thanks so much for the inspiration, Heidi!

 

Nolan
October 30, 2008

I love you Heidi. You know exactly who your audience is. You are the teacher and we your pupils.

Keep the inspiration coming!

 

Ashin Mettacara
October 31, 2008

Cooking expert. Delicious!

 

Annah
October 31, 2008

Thanks to you heidi fof brightening our supper yesterday my fiance really enjoyed it was wonderful will never miss any of your recipes."THANKS ONCE AGAIN HEIDI"

 

Yari
October 31, 2008

Never seen them on the stalk! Great picture.

 

Valerie Adams
October 31, 2008

Wow, those are beautiful on the stalk. It's amazing I have never seen them this way. I wish we had a farmers market around here. :-(

 

Karen
October 31, 2008

I'd never seen them on the stalk before... thanks for posting that picture.

LOVE sprouts! I just blogged about them last night!

 

It took me a while to love brussel sprouts, too, so I empathize with the antis out there. And agree with you, Heidi, and use the same trick on my husband--often a distaste for one food can be morphed into a taste for it when given the right recipe. I think sweetening the sprouts in this way is a great way to accomplish that.

Also, sprouts on a stalk! I've never seen anything like that. How on earth do you store it at 3' long? Garage?

 

Natalie
October 31, 2008

I've had a hard time finding a good recipe for Brussel Sprouts. This looks good!

 

Orville
October 31, 2008

As an organic farmer in Newfoundland, Canada, brussel sprouts are one of my personal favorite crops.

I think people that don't like them had a bad experience with them, either overcooked or canned. I love brussel sprouts, but when over cooked or canned i can't stand them either.

As for sweetenign them, I just wait until after the first frost when they, like turnips and parsnips, sweeten from the starches turning into sugars!

 

Angela
October 31, 2008

Your recipes are so fabulous! We absolutely love your use of tofu in this recipe! We'd love to feature it on www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com if you'll allow us!

 

kate
November 1, 2008

Hi I just want to say a big thankyou for all your excellent recipes. I live in Cheshire (UK) and whenever I look up a recipe I always come to your site and have been inspired so many times- in terms of ingredients and methods of cooking (eg tofu, pearl barley, sprouts- etc)-do please continue!

 

Piper Kelly
November 1, 2008

Will it work well with any kind of apple or strickly cooking apples?

 

Becky
November 1, 2008

A farmer told me to put the stalk of brussels sprouts in a vase or pail of water, just like flowers, to keep for a long time outside the refrigerator (or inside if you have room).

 

Leah
November 1, 2008

Oh no!! I live in Australia and I can't find brussel sprouts anywhere. How annoying, although I think it's probably the first time I've ever been upset about not getting brussel sprouts, lol! I had my heart set on making this tonight and bought all the other ingredients. Can any recommend a substitute?

 

Leah
November 2, 2008

Heidi, I don't know if you will approve of my substitutions but I had to work with what I had so instead of brussel sprouts I used silverbeet and instead of maple syrup I used honey. I added a bit more tofu as well (hungry husband). Anyway, it was delicious and has inspired me to try a few variations on this idea. Thank you for the healthy and delicious inspiration :)

 

Deborah Dowd
November 2, 2008

Several years ago we grew brussels sprouts in our backyard garden, and it was so cool to see how they grew (though the cabbage worms got most of ours!) I have some apples from the mountains and I am going to try this!

 

christie
November 2, 2008

yay, this recipe looks great! I hear one brusssel sprout has as much life force as a whole cabbage! I am working on a food blog if anyone wants to check it out...although I am not too tech. savvy, tips are most welcome! http://organicforgoodnesssake.blogspot.com/

 

Kerri Jacobus
November 2, 2008

Just made this only substituted persimmons for apples and pecans for pine nuts...soooo good! All 3 of my kids ate it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

Nikki
November 2, 2008

Call me crazy, but I just let these sit for like an hour and they were still delicious. Maybe even better. I thought they were great leftover too, the last time I made them.
But, I do love me some brussels sprouts. For real. ;-)~
Thanks Heidi!
You're the bomb, baby!


 

Amy
November 2, 2008

My husband and I made this tonight and I want to tell you that it doesn't feed as many people as you say! It was so good that the two of us finished it off no problem...really tasty. And we used your recommended tofu and it makes the dish.