Ever since I started cooking, I have used Olive Oil in place of butter. In rare occasions, I will pull out my Southern heritage and use a few slices of butter but I will never be a Paula Deen.
I was given a challenge from California Olive Ranch to take a dish that most people would use butter in and reinvent it using olive oil. On Thanksgiving, I brought out my camera and knew instantly what I wanted to feature after my future brother in-law went back for seconds on a dish he thought he would dislike - roasted Brussels Sprouts.
I created a recipe using 4 ingredients (plus salt and sugar). My entire family raved over this dish, with the minor exception of our nearly 4 year old Niece, who told me my cooking smelled bad. Kids :)
3 tablespoons California Olive Ranch everyday extra virgin olive oil
1/2 pound sliced pancetta, diced
4 shallots, thinly sliced
2 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Meanwhile, heat oil over medium heat in a roasting pan or large skillet. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown and crisp. This took quite a while for me since I wanted to make sure the pancetta was extra crispy. Remove the pancetta to a plate lined with paper towels. Add the shallots to the pan and cook until soft. Add the Brussels sprouts and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven until the Brussels are cooked through and golden brown. Transfer to a platter and top with the reserved pancetta.
My friends at California Olive Ranch want to enlighten my readers about the health benefits of using Olive Oil instead of butter. Their 100% extra virgin olive oil will add rich flavor to your mashed potatoes, depth to your holiday turkey, and produce a flaky, tender crust for your pumpkin and pecan pies. This holiday season, they have partnered with Anolon Gourmet Cookware to not only transform your holiday menu, but your kitchen as well.
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