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Lemon-Braised Brussels Sprouts

Yield 4 servings
Instead of grating lemon rind, we used a citrus zester for slender strands of zest. Remember to remove the zest from lemons before squeezing them for fresh juice.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

How to Make It

  1. Wash brussels sprouts; remove discolored leaves. Trim ends, and cut sprouts in half lengthwise; set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet; add lemon juice, water, brown sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil. Add brussels sprouts; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until sprouts are tender. Uncover, increase heat to high, and cook 4 minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon zest and freshly ground pepper.

Christmas with Southern Living 2001