"I love Brussels sprouts," says April Bloomfield, "especially these, which are cooked in plenty of butter so they get nice and caramelized." Spoon a light honey mustard dressing over them for a sweet and savory finish.
Servings: Serves 8
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chestnut honey
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound fresh chestnuts
  • 2 containers (10 ounces each) fresh Brussels sprouts , trimmed
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
To make dressing: In a small saucepan, cover 1 lemon with water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until soft, about 1 hour, turning lemon occasionally. Remove lemon and let cool. Cut lemon in half and with a teaspoon scrape out pulp, leaving just the peel; finely chop peel. Squeeze 4 tablespoons juice from remaining 2 lemons. In a bowl, mix lemon peel, juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey, whole grain mustard, thyme, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.

To prepare vegetables: With a paring knife, cut an X in flat side of each chestnut shell. In a saucepan, cover chestnuts with water and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain chestnuts. When cool enough to handle but still warm, peel chestnuts.

With tip of paring knife, make a shallow X in bottom of each Brussels sprout. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add Brussels sprouts and cook until tender, about 6 minutes. Drain and run under cold water until cool.

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add chestnuts and sprouts; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, turning occasionally with a spatula, until vegetables are browned, 15 to 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove vegetables to a large serving platter. Whisk dressing and drizzle 1/4 cup over vegetables.


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