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Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing

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It’s Part 2 of my Nomtastic Thanksgiving series! (If you missed Part 1, it’s over here!)

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Growing up in a Chinese-American household, I never had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner: no turkey with stuffing, no cranberry sauce, no mashed potatoes with gravy, no sweet potato pie with marshmallows. But don’t cry for me, Argentina: the truth is, I never missed out on anything. After all, every Turkey Day, our family still gathered together at our house, and my mother would whip up a special East-Meets-West feast. We always had a Very Special Fusion Thanksgiving. (The menu changed every year, though my personal favorite involved Chinese sticky-rice-stuffed Cornish hens.)

Today’s recipe takes a page from my mom’s handbook: a traditional Turkey Day vegetable side with Asian flair! *Insert jazz hands here.*

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

A tangy orange-ginger dressing gives this warm Brussels sprouts slaw a zesty zing that’ll liven up your Thanksgiving table. Besides, this is a super-easy side dish: it takes just 20 minutes to throw together. You can even shred the sprouts a day in advance, and cook ‘em in your already-hot oven after your turkey is done and resting. And if you have leftovers (and you probably won’t!), this slaw keeps really well, and can be eaten cold, hot, or at any temperature in-between. This just might be my favorite Brussels sprouts recipe—and that’s saying a lot because I love these mini cabbage impostors.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Ready for the recipe?

Serves 8

Ingredients:

The Slaw

  • 2¼ pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons melted ghee or fat of choice (e.g. coconut oil, duck fat, lard, tallow, bacon drippings, etc.)
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt

The Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon ghee or fat of choice (e.g. coconut oil, duck fat, lard, tallow, bacon drippings, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced ginger
  • 1 small shallot, minced (1 tablespoon)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅓ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1½ tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Red Boat fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

The Garnish

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro
  • 1½ tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

If your oven’s already hot from roasting a turkey at 450°F (using my recipe for Butterflied Big Bird, of course!), just leave it on. Otherwise, preheat it to 450°F with the rack in the middle position.

Grab your sprouts and trim away the stems.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Remove the outer leaves that easily come off…

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and save ‘em to make Brussels Sprouts Chips!

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Once they’re trimmed, you can practice your knife skills by slicing them thinly…

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…or just pass ‘em through slicing blade in a food processor.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

The food processor makes short work of this, but it won’t be as pretty. But you know what I say: WHO CARES? WE’RE HUNGRY!

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

In a large bowl, toss the shredded sprouts, melted fat, and salt.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Mix well with your hands.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Spread the shredded sprouts evenly on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Bake for ~15-20  minutes, flipping and tossing every 5 minutes until nicely browned and tender.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

In the meantime, prepare the dressing. (Feel free to conscript child labor if available.)

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Melt the ghee over medium heat in a saucepan. When it’s shimmering, add the ginger, shallot, and garlic and sauté until fragrant (about a minute).

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Measure out the orange juice, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, and fish sauce…

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and pour it into the saucepan.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Bring it to a boil…

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and then lower the heat and simmer the dressing for 5 to 8 minutes or until it’s slightly thickened. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the sesame oil.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

If you haven’t already, grab a knife and prepare the garnishes.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Once the sprouts are ready, take them out of the oven, and pour the sauce over the roasted sprouts.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Sprinkle on the scallions, cilantro, and sesame seeds. 

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Toss well and chow down!

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Asian Citrus Dressing by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com


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