Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Dates and Kumquats Recipe

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Dates and Kumquats Recipe

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The bright and tangy flavor of kumquats is transformed in a syrup and tempered by the sweetness of Medjool dates in this innovative recipe for Brussels sprouts from chef Walter Manzke, who worked at the critically acclaimed French restaurant Church and State in Los Angeles. — Will Budiaman

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3
Servings
799
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 24 Brussels sprouts, trimmed and tough outer leaves removed
  • 6 kumquats, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 sugar
  • Juice of one orange
  • 1 sherry vinegar
  • 2 unsalted butter
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 2 thyme
  • 6 Medjool dates, halved and pitted
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Pinch of chile flakes

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Fill a large bowl with ice water.

Add the sprouts and cook until tender when pierced with the tip of a small knife, about 5-6 minutes. Drain and plunge into the ice water bath. When the sprouts are cold, remove and drain on a kitchen towel.

Place the kumquats in a small saucepot with about 2 cups cold water. Bring rapidly to a boil over high heat, then drain and rinse. Repeat 2 more times. After the third time, add the sugar, orange juice and sherry vinegar to the pot with the blanched kumquats. Slowly simmer until the liquid has reduced to a syrup.

Add the butter to an 8-inch sauté pan. Heat slowly until the butter is lightly browned. Add the Brussels sprouts, the bay leaf, thyme, garlic, and chile flakes to the pan. Sauté until the sprouts are golden brown.

Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the kumquats and dates. Sauté for 1 more minute. Remove and discard the garlic, bay leaf, and thyme. Serve.

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Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
62g
96%
Sugar
44g
N/A
Saturated Fat
39g
100%
Cholesterol
162mg
54%
Protein
8g
16%
Carbs
64g
21%
Vitamin A
596µg
66%
Vitamin B12
0.1µg
2.1%
Vitamin B6
0.5mg
26.2%
Vitamin C
173mg
100%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
3mg
16%
Vitamin K
278µg
100%
Calcium
171mg
17%
Fiber
13g
53%
Folate (food)
123µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
123µg
31%
Iron
4mg
20%
Magnesium
80mg
20%
Monounsaturated
16g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
11%
Phosphorus
172mg
25%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
1128mg
32%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
15.2%
Sodium
855mg
36%
Sugars, added
1g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
19.7%
Trans
2g
N/A
Zinc
1mg
7%