To die-for brussel sprouts!

Sam and I had a rare and awesome chance to slow down and enjoy some amazing grub at Sidecar, a restaurant and lounge in San Luis Obispo, CA.  It is a fantastic joint with a hipster vibe…and the food is ridiculous!  So delicious and inventive.  I mean, have you ever gone to a restaurant just because you were totally craving their brussel sprouts?  Random, right?  But, they are sooooo good, seriously crave-worthy.

Well, the other night, I decided to take a stab at recreating their magic in my own kitchen.  So whether you are familiar with this awesome dish and want a copycat recipe, or whether you are just searching for another crazy-good veggie side dish, here ‘ya go!

DSC_1756First, wash a bunch of brussel sprouts and then halve them length-wise.  I put mine in a large, oven-safe pan with olive oil, salt and pepper.

DSC_1760Bake them at 400* for 12-15 minutes….they will caramelize and have an incredible buttery texture.  Now, time to plate them with all the frills.

DSC_1761I started with a thin layer of aioli (I just used my easy go-to version of mixing mayo, lemon juice and fresh minced garlic…it’s a cinch!).  Then I layered on the roasted brussel sprouts and topped them with bleu cheese and a balsamic glaze (just balsamic vinegar cooked down to a syrup….I make sure I always have some of this awesome condiment in the fridge at all times…you can make your own or purchase it as a glaze).

DSC_1763Ridiculous, right?  Oh man, these are soooo good!  Unfortunately for Sean, he got home late from work and I had already eaten over have of these beauties for dinner…the good news is that I did share some and he raved.  Next time, I promised, he gets the lion’s share.  Honestly, I think this dish could be a main dish for him…they stand up!

Copycat Sidecar Brussel Sprouts with Bleu Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

  • One bunch of brussel sprouts, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste (heavy on the pepper)
  • 1 tbls mayo
  • 2 tsps of lemon juice
  • 1 garlic glove, minced
  • approx 1-2 oz of bleu cheese (enough to crumble as a substantial garnish)
  • 1 1/2 tbls balsamic glaze/reduction

Toss the brussel sprouts with the olive oil, salt and pepper.  Place in an oven safe pan/skillet, cut side down.  Roast at 400* for 12-15 minutes, until the cut side is caramelized nicely.  While they are roasting, mix the mayo, lemon juice and garlic to make a quickie aioli.  When the brussel sprouts are cooked, spread a thin layer of aioli on a plate, top with brussel sprouts and garnish with bleu cheese and balsamic glaze.  These are excellent served hot…all buttery and melty, yum!

Bon apetit!

~Chanda

 

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