Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Caper Butter

by Ellen

Brussels sprouts:  Some people love them and some people, well… not so much.  Give these Brussels sprouts a try. If you’re already a Brussels sprouts lover, you’ll be in heaven; if not, you might just convert.  While these dolled-up Brussels sprouts make a wonderful Thanksgiving side dish, they are also a great dinner vegetable all season long.


1 pound Brussels sprouts, bottoms trimmed (I used one stalk)

5 T butter, room temperature  (I used Kerry Gold)

2-3 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 T salted capers, rinsed well

2 cloves garlic, smashed to release the allicin

2 T minced parsley, chives or shallots

sea salt


Rinse and trim outer leaves from the Brussels sprouts.  Cut the larger ones in half.  Score the bottoms of the whole, smaller sprouts with an “x.”

Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil.  While you’re waiting for it to heat, combine the butter and mustard in a food processor, mixing well.  Add the capers and garlic and your choice of chives, parsley or shallots.  (If you prefer not to use a food processor, just be sure to chop the other ingredients well before adding them to the mustard butter.)  Mix until the ingredients are incorporated.  If you used unsalted butter, you can add some sea salt to taste at this point.

Add the Brussels sprouts to the boiling water and cook them until they are tender, 7-9 minutes.  Drain the sprouts and return them to the pot.  Add the butter mixture and stir to coat.

Just try to resist!

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Recipe adapted from Deborah Madison.

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Jen November 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm

This looks amazing! Your recipe for tarragon/creme fraiche chicken is in the oven as I type. Thank you for all the yumminess!!!!!

Ellen November 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Oh, I hope you like the chicken, Jen! I have to say, your creamy-spicy squash soup from last night was incredible. If you ever want to part with the recipe, let me know and we’ll share it with the readers.

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