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Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Frizzled Ham

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Frizzled HamThis side dish, a refreshing twist on the usual steamed or roasted Brussels sprouts, would be delicious along side a holiday pork roast — but it’s just as nice with a weeknight pork chop. If you like, substitute bacon or sliced or shredded leftover pork for the ham.

Recipe Ingredients:

6 slices ham, (about 3 ounces), cut in half, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
1 3/4 pounds Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, outer leaves removed
1 large orange
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups shallots, thinly sliced (8 to 10)
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar, or white wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Directions:

  1. Working in batches, place the Brussels sprouts in the feed tube of a food processor fitted with a thin slicing disk and slice. (If you don’t have a food processor with a thin slicing disk, thinly slice the Brussels sprouts by hand.) Zest the orange, then squeeze 1/4 cup of orange juice (save any remaining orange for another use). Set Brussels sprouts, orange zest, and orange juice aside.
  2. In a large saucepan or small stockpot over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the ham and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisped and golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer ham to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the butter to the pan and melt over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Stir in the Brussels sprouts. Stir in the orange zest and orange juice and cook, stirring occasionally, until Brussels sprouts are tender, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the pine nuts and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl, top with the ham, and serve.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories: 240 calories; Protein: 11 grams; Fat: 9 grams; Sodium: 45 milligrams; Cholesterol: 20 milligrams; Saturated Fat: 3 grams; Carbohydrates: 34 grams.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.