Brussels sprouts are one of winter's sleeper vegetables. It's all in the cooking: undress the sprouts, peeling off the leaves one by one, and sauté them quickly with shallots and herbs to bring out their true sweet, nutty character.
Rinse and drain brussels sprouts. Cut about 1/4 inch off the stem end of each sprout and begin peeling off the leaves. When difficult to peel farther, trim off another 1/4 inch and continue removing leaves. Repeat to peel all leaves from sprouts; discard cores.
Set a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat; when hot, add olive oil, shallots, brussels sprout leaves, parsley, and thyme. Stir until sprout leaves are bright green and slightly wilted but still crunchy, about 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.