This was a lazy Sunday evening dish, thrown together with what was in the refrigerator. After a busy weekend following multiple recipes, it was lovely to leisurely search through my (large) pile of prospects and find one that was appealing, with all the ingredients close at hand.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BAGUETTE BREAD CRUMBS
6 slices proscuitto
1 cup fresh French Baguette breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a large skillet, cook proscuitto over medium heat until crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels, cool.
Return pan to stove and add bread crumbs. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until toasted, about 3 minutes. Add 1/4 teaspoon pepper and transfer to a plate.
Wipe out skillet and add butter. When melted, add Brussels sprouts, cut sides down. Add 1/4 cup water, cover and cook over medium-low heat until just tender, about 4 minutes. Uncover and cook over medium-high heat until liquid has evaporated and Brussels sprouts are browned, about 3 minutes more. Season with salt and remaining pepper. Toss with proscuitto and toasted bread crumbs and serve.
Recipe adapted from Oprah Magazine, February 2013