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Brussels Sprouts Agrodolce

Brussels Sprouts Agrodolce

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Serves: 6

Take your sprouts up a notch this Christmas with the addition of a tangy and textured sauce. Agrodolce is a sweet and sour Italian sauce made with vinegar and plump raisins. In this recipe, it cuts through the slight bitterness of the sprouts and creates a lively side that’s great with a rich Christmas feast. Recipe from food stylist and recipe writer Emily Jonzen. 

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  • 600g brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 75g golden raisins or sultanas
  • 30g pine nuts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, halved and finely sliced
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1½ tbsp light brown soft sugar


Step 1

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the sprouts and boil for 2 mins, then drain well, reserving 3tbsp of the cooking water for the raisins, and set aside.

Step 2

In a cup or small bowl, cover the raisins or sultanas with the reserved 3tbsp hot water then set aside.

Step 3

Toast the pine nuts in a large dry frying pan, until golden. Tip out of the pan into a bowl; set aside.

Step 4

Heat 1½tbsp of the oil in the frying pan. Add the onion and fry gently for 6-8 mins, until softened. Remove from the pan and add to the pine nuts.

Step 5

Wipe out the frying pan and add the remaining oil. Fry the drained sprouts over a high heat for 3-4 mins, turning once or twice, until golden. Lower the heat, return the onion and pine nuts to the pan and stir in the raisins or sultanas with any soaking liquid, plus the vinegar and sugar. Bubble for a couple of mins, until the sprouts are just tender. Season to taste and serve immediately.

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200cals, 10g fat (1g saturated), 5g protein, 18g carbs, 17g sugars, 6g fibre, 0.1g salt

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