December 19, 2016 20

Simmered Brussels Sprouts in Cream with Black Pepper Breadcrumbs

Gluten-free, vegan brussels sprouts in cream.

Simmered Brussels Sprouts in Cream with Black Pepper Breadcrumbs | Simmered vegan brussels sprouts in cream topped with black pepper breadcrumbs. Totally gluten and dairy free, and takes less than ten minutes to make.
I’m exhausted.

Are you exhausted?

I spent today buttoning up one thousand loose ends because tomorrow I fly home to New York to celebrate Christmas with my family. I’m looking forward to stepping out of my kitchen and studio, and getting off my computer and phone. And snuggling my nephew up, and squeezing all the people I love a whole lot.

December is chaotic.

I need a break. We all do. Right?

If you’re looking to make something over the holiday week that feels real luxurious, but also only takes ten minutes to throw together – make these simmered vegan brussels sprouts in cream. Top them with black pepper breadcrumbs. Serve hot and immediately. The end.

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p.s. If you’re local or if you want to take a trip to STL – my next pop-up dinner has been announced! Winter will take place 1/22 at Boundary. Tickets are super limited, click here to purchase yours. And for all my procrastinating friends this would a lovely, unique holiday gift/experience for your loved one.

Simmered Brussels Sprouts in Cream with Black Pepper Breadcrumbs | Simmered vegan brussels sprouts in cream topped with black pepper breadcrumbs. Totally gluten and dairy free, and takes less than ten minutes to make. Simmered Brussels Sprouts in Cream with Black Pepper Breadcrumbs | Simmered vegan brussels sprouts in cream topped with black pepper breadcrumbs. Totally gluten and dairy free, and takes less than ten minutes to make. Simmered Brussels Sprouts in Cream with Black Pepper Breadcrumbs | Simmered vegan brussels sprouts in cream topped with black pepper breadcrumbs. Totally gluten and dairy free, and takes less than ten minutes to make. Simmered Brussels Sprouts in Cream with Black Pepper Breadcrumbs | Simmered vegan brussels sprouts in cream topped with black pepper breadcrumbs. Totally gluten and dairy free, and takes less than ten minutes to make. Simmered Brussels Sprouts in Cream with Black Pepper Breadcrumbs | Simmered vegan brussels sprouts in cream topped with black pepper breadcrumbs. Totally gluten and dairy free, and takes less than ten minutes to make.

Simmered Brussels Sprouts in Cream with Black Pepper Breadcrumbs
 
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I did not soak the cashews for this recipe. I often find this step is unnecessary {especially if you have a high-powered blender}. If you'd like to soak yours, you can for 1 - 2 hours. Any bread works for the breadcrumbs, I used whole grain gluten-free bread from Trader Joe's. And, any unsweetened plant-based milk works as well. I favor almond or cashew.
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Makes: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, plus ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 pieces gluten-free toast, cubed extra-small
  • 3 cups brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk, plus ½ cup more
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. In a large sauté pan heat the olive oil over low-medium heat. Add the peppercorns to the pan and swirl for a few seconds to release their aroma. Add in the salt and breadcrumbs and toast for 1 minute. Remove and set to the side.
  2. Wipe the pan clean and set it over medium-high heat. Add in the brussels sprouts and water, cover and steam for 3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile in a blender combine together the remaining ½ teaspoon salt, almond milk, cashews and garlic powder. Process until completely smooth.
  4. Add the cream to the pan, stir and cook for 1 minute. The longer the cream cooks, the thicker it will become. After it thickens add in the remaining ½ cup milk and stir again to loosen. If you'd like the cream to be thicker, cook a little longer until it thickens. Serve immediately with the breadcrumbs.

The post is sponsored by Silk; all opinions are my own.

20 Responses to "Simmered Brussels Sprouts in Cream with Black Pepper Breadcrumbs"

  1. Reply

    DessertForTwo

    December 19, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Freaking beautiful! Enjoy your time at home. xx

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    Lisa Michelle

    December 20, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    This recipe just solidified my plan for the two pounds of fresh Brussels sprouts I got in my CSA this weekend. Enjoy your Holiday and thank you for always sharing delicious food that you enjoy.

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    Abby @ Heart of a Baker

    December 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Enjoy your trip home! It’s always the best feeling just to shut off and relax for a while, away from the computer screen. Also, WHY is your next pop up while I’m in Denver! eek! I swear, my only goal for 2017 is to make it to one of your beautiful dinners and squeeze you in person! xoxo

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      December 31, 2016 at 7:01 PM

      I have a feeling you’ll make it to one my friend!

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    Jessie Snyder

    December 20, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    I am so in love with this it’s silly, Sherrie. It’s always the simplest meals made with the ingredients I know and love in a unique way that get me all sorts of excited. I can’t make this fast enough (!!!). So happy for you to go home and unplug for the holidays, may it be filled with lots of snow and snuggles and cheer. Super appreciate you <3 merry Christmas Sherrie!

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    Summer

    December 20, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Ohh, this looks divine, your cashew cream looks even better than the real stuff! To be honest, I’ve always been scared to cook with vegan dairy, but you make it seem so effortless, I can’t wait to give it a whirl. Hope you have a great holiday Sherrie!

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      Sherrie

      December 30, 2016 at 9:01 AM

      Summer, cashew cream is like my best friend. I promise, dairy-free has never tasted so good. Happy Holidays to you my friend, xx!

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    Aysegul Sanford

    December 20, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    I hear you about December being chaotic. I have a few more things to do and then I will take the rest of the year off. My back hurts like crazy from all the photography I have been doing. I wish you will enjoy your time with your family. I wish I could make it to one of those dinners you put together. Hopefully someday soon. This creamy dish sounds and looks so SO good. Happy holidays and safe travels my friend.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      December 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM

      I’ll have a seat waiting for you whenever you’d like to pop in Aysegul! xx

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    Jennifer Farley

    December 21, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    I am so freaking exhausted. I can’t even think anymore. This is a quiet holiday for me. I hope you get a chance to slow down and relax. Anyway, I don’t know that I’ve ever done a creamy version of brussels sprouts and I am SO intrigued. What a lovely recipe.

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    amanda paa

    December 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    I need a break too. I just put my last new post up of the year, and can’t wait to just take time to cook for myself, and lazily go through meals. I’m wishing you all the love and joy with your big Italian family. Also, brussels have never looked so good!

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    michelle @ hummingbird high

    December 22, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Yum! I’m so glad you’re posting a recipe for brussels that isn’t fried/roasted. It looks delicious! Brussels sprouts are way more diverse in preparation, but you only see the fried/roasted variety in restaurants these days.

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      Sherrie

      December 30, 2016 at 8:58 AM

      Totally! More options to embrace the sprouts please. k thx

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    Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    December 22, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    So so so luxurious! Would love to snuggle up with a big bowl of this ASAP and…as you said, just chill the fkk out for the rest of December.

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      Sherrie

      December 30, 2016 at 8:58 AM

      Can we plz k thx. Love to you!

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    betty

    December 22, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    YES I am exhausted! I felt similarly when packing to head to California, but I still can’t seem to tear myself away from work. I have one more post to wrap up for this busy holiday December (blah), but after that I’m burying myself in for-pleasure cooking and hanging out with my family. I hope you get that break and relaxation, and happy holidays!!!

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    danielle

    December 23, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Sherrie – I’ve been doing my all to cultivate warmth and gratitude for this year end holiday, including a much needed break from the internet. It’s important to achieve and accept balance, I’ve come to find, because nothing is worth it without the ones/moments you hold close and dear. Wishing you a beautiful holiday, and much happiness and rest. And on a side note – these brussels sprouts are fantastic. I love your love for black pepper, I share it immensely. love xo

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      December 30, 2016 at 8:57 AM

      Danielle, rest and relaxation back to you my friend! 2017 here we come!!!! xx

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    Jayme | holly & flora

    December 29, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    What a different twist for Brussels! Sounds super cozy right about now. I hope you had a wonderful time with your family in NY. Your little nephew is just about the cutest thing ever. I know you love your time with him. Here’s to hoping I make it out to one of your beautiful pop-ups this upcoming year! I’ll definitely have more time available from November to March next year….wink, wink.

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      Sherrie

      December 30, 2016 at 8:53 AM

      I’m coming to Denver in a few weeks. I’ll text you! Annnnd perhaps we can arrange a pop-up during your open availability. LOVE YOU! xx

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