Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts

First of all, who knew that it was brussels sprouts (with the “s”) and not brussel sprouts because it’s from Brussels?!

A few years ago, brussels sprouts started taking NYC by storm. It showed up as a side on every other menu. And why not? It’s soft and buttery on the inside, caramelized and crunchy on the outside, and it’s healthy because it’s green. And I bet the margins are also great for the restaurant.

This sack of sprouts is 2.99 at Whole Foods around Thanksgiving time. It’s about 5 servings of sides.

After a quick rinse, the brussels sprouts are pretty much clean. I just sliced off the dirty brown bit at the end, and the dirtier outer leaves fell right off.

I like to cook them quartered so that the flavors get inside all those folds of the leaves.

I sautéed the brussels sprouts in some olive oil and butter. This is the step where I add salt, pepper, and any other seasoning… but usually just salt and pepper would suffice. When I have extra bacon/pancetta/Chinese sausage, I dice up the meat and sauté it in the hot oil before adding the sprouts so that the flavor is distributed evenly.

I did have extra parmesan cheese, so I threw it on top before baking for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

Earlier this morning… I took out the left over slab of meat from yesterday. I’m not a great steak cooker, so I sliced this in half so that I have 2 thinner steaks, which would be much easier to manage than this massive slab.

I marinated the steaks with salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic, and olive oil, and wrapped it up and stuck it in the fridge.

A quick sear on each side leaves the steak nice and rare! Just the way I like it! …and while it was resting…

The brussels sprouts finished cooking!

Someone stuck a potato in the oven. I don’t normally eat potatoes with a tablespoon of butter… but it was delicious.

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