Simple olive oil fried Brussels sprouts--tossed with mushrooms, cranberries, and hazelnuts--make a festive vegan and gluten free side dish.

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Some of us have a long-term relationship with Brussels sprouts--maybe marked with several ups and downs.

For me, it wasn't until my adult years that I've come to really appreciate the little Barbie-sized "cabbages." And I've now particularly become a lover of fried Brussels sprouts. No bacon fat here, I'm all about the EVOO!

Olive Oil Fried Brussels Sprouts | The Mediterranean Dish. Simple olive oil fried sprouts with mushrooms, cranberries, and hazelnuts, makes a festive vegan and gluten free side dish. See full recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com #mediterraneanrecipe #friedbrusselssprouts #brusselssprouts #thanskgivingdinner #holidaysidedish #sidedish

I love a basic olive oil fried Brussels sprouts with a generous dash of salt. I could munch on the crispy things forever! And on occasion, I'll dress up my fried Brussels sprouts maybe by adding a supporting ingredient like mushrooms. I was feeling a little more festive this time, so I threw in cranberries and hazelnut.

Brussels Sprouts Tips

I hear the woody stalks of Brussels sprouts make a great dog chew toy! That tidbit aside, here are a few tips you might find helpful...

1- When buying Brussels sprouts, look for healthy-sized ones. You're looking for Brussels sprouts to be at least the size of a quarter, smaller is considered underdeveloped.

2- Look for tight heads with no brown spouts or wilted leaves.

Olive Oil Fried Brussels Sprouts | The Mediterranean Dish. Simple olive oil fried sprouts with mushrooms, cranberries, and hazelnuts, makes a festive vegan and gluten free side dish. See full recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com #mediterraneanrecipe #friedbrusselssprouts #brusselssprouts #thanskgivingdinner #holidaysidedish #sidedish

3- Brussels sprouts only last 4-5 days in the fridge, so buy them when you are ready to use.

4- To avoid mold, don't wash Brussels sprouts until ready to use.

5- For this particular recipe, use quality olive oil. The oil is needed to enhance flavor, not just to fry. I use our Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil, an exquisite buttery oil (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives) with fruity aroma and hints of fresh green herbs.

You'll notice, I capitalize on the taste and benefits of the oil by adding a finishing drizzle at the very end.

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Olive Oil Fried Brussels Sprouts | The Mediterranean Dish. Simple olive oil fried sprouts with mushrooms, cranberries, and hazelnuts, makes a festive vegan and gluten free side dish. See full recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com #mediterraneanrecipe #friedbrusselssprouts #brusselssprouts #thanskgivingdinner #holidaysidedish #sidedish

Olive Oil Fried Brussels Sprouts with Mushrooms and Cranberries


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Delicious olive oil fried Brussels sprouts tossed with mushrooms, cranberries and hazelnut! The perfect vegan and gluten free side dish!


Ingredients

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  • Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 oz baby portabello mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed and sliced
  • Salt
  • 1.5 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1 large red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup roughly chopped hazelnuts

Instructions

  1. In a large cast iron skillet like this one, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil on medium high until shimmering but not smoking. Add mushrooms. Cook, tossing regularly, until browned (about 5 minutes). Season with salt, and transfer the mushrooms to a plate until later.
  2. Return skillet to stove-top. Add ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil and heat on medium high. Add Brussels sprouts and onions (if you have to, do this in batches, don't crowd the pan). Season with garlic powder, cardamom and cinnamon. Cook, turning occasionally, until the sprouts are crisp and golden brown (even charred in some spots). Onions will cook down and caramelize. Season generously with salt.
  3. Return the mushrooms to the pan to warm up (a couple minutes longer).
  4. Turn heat off. Add lemon juice and toss. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking. Add a finishing drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Toss in the cranberries and hazelnuts.
  5. Transfer to a serving platter. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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Olive Oil Fried Brussels Sprouts | The Mediterranean Dish. Simple olive oil fried sprouts with mushrooms, cranberries, and hazelnuts, makes a festive vegan and gluten free side dish. See full recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com #mediterraneanrecipe #friedbrusselssprouts #brusselssprouts #thanskgivingdinner #holidaysidedish #sidedish

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  1. sharon says:

    Can this be cooked in an air fryer?

    1. TMD Team says:

      Hi, Sharon. We haven't tested this in an air fryer, but I feel like it would totally work! If you give it a try, we'd love to hear how it turned out for you!

  2. Werner says:

    Perfect pairing with our lamb today! Everyone loved it!






  3. Audrey Macri says:

    Do you need to blanch he sprouts first

    1. TMD Team says:

      Nope! 🙂

  4. Kate says:

    I am so excited to try it! Which of your chicken thigh recipes would you recommend pairing with this? Thanks!

      1. Kate says:

        Just wanted to follow up - I made this with the wine-braised chicken thighs and shallots recipe and it was FANTASTIC. It felt like a special occasion meal because the flavors were so divine. Even better was that it wasn't hard to cook!

        Thank you for posting the other links. I'm excited to try those too! 😀






      2. Suzy says:

        Thanks, Kate! Hope you enjoy the other recipes!!

  5. Suzanne Fulton says:

    Could frozen thawed Brussel sprouts be used?

    1. Suzy says:

      Hi Suzanne, frozen vegetables are blanched first before freezing, so they likely won't give you the same results here.

  6. Eliza says:

    Hello, Suzy.

    I really love foods that don't involve so much cooking. And this olive oil fried brussels sprouts with mushrooms and cranberries is the perfect dish! It is both healthy and tasty.






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Enjoy, Eliza!

  7. Brandi says:

    I love brussels sprouts! This cranberries addition is amazing and so creative.






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Thank you, Brandi!

  8. Megan says:

    Looks great for thanksgiving! Yum!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Totally! Thanks, Megan

  9. Dannii says:

    I love sprouts and they are always on the table over the festive season. This looks like a great way to enjoy them too.






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Same! Thanks, Dannii

  10. Lisa says:

    I love the spices you've added to your sprouts, I never thought to add anything but garlic and lemon! Yum!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      I love garlic and lemon too, Lisa! Both are in this recipe, but with a couple more additions 🙂

  11. Traci @ The Kitchen Girl says:

    I love the flavor combination you have going on here! Makes me want to have this on my table asap...like taahhhhnight! Thanks for sharing 🙂






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Thanks so much, Traci! Hope you give it a try