Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries & Pecans -

Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries & Pecans

Serves four

This unusual vegetable dish would be the perfect side for any holiday feast – bursting with color and flavor. Don’t be afraid of the lowly Brussels Sprout. Roasting them mellows out their strong flavor making them the perfect backdrop to your main dish.

1 pound Brussels sprouts, de-stemmed and halved

⅔ cup fresh cranberries

⅓ cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (can substitute feta cheese)

⅓ cup pecans

1 cup barley, cooked

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

Heat skillet with drizzling of olive oil over medium heat. Season Brussels sprouts with salt & pepper and combine with cranberries in skillet.

Cook sprouts and cranberries for 8-10 minutes, until berries begin to burst and sprouts become tender. Add balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Stir to coat and remove from heat.

Toss barley, sprouts, cranberries, and pecans in a large bowl. Top with gorgonzola and serve.