Thanksgiving Sides: Prosciutto Cranberry Brussels Sprouts

by valentina on November 13, 2012

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When I was a kid, I remember going to my Nana and Papa’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.  A buffet table was set up in front of the fireplace in their small, cozy living room.  We’d all fill our plates with my Nana’s famous cranberry jello mold, and the usual Thanksgiving spread.  After dinner my brother, cousin and I would put on a show that the family would watch.  Our shows were pretty ridiculous, which was what made them entertaining.

Eventually Thanksgiving dinner moved to my parents’ house — my childhood home and where they still live.  My dad always had a roaring fire going, the table was set days ahead by my mom, with every detail perfect.  While the dog curled up in front of the fireplace, we’d all indulge in my dad’s perfectly roasted turkey, my mom’s delicious stuffing, and a plethora of yummy side dishes.  After dinner we’d all joke  and laugh about the shows we use to put on.

This will be the fourth year my husband and I have hosted Thanksgiving.  I love it.  Everything about it.  I make my Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey, my mom brings her fantastic stuffing, my aunt makes my Nana’s cranberry jello mold, and everyone else brings sides and desserts.  I start a fire that my dad or brother then tends to.  My two sons and their cousin do the show now.  It’s incredibly entertaining — for the same reasons our shows were.  ;-)

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  My Honey-Glazed Pears in Crispy Wontons for dessert began my celebration, and I’ll be continuing all this week with beautiful Thanksgiving sides.

Off we go. . .

Prosciutto Cranberry Brussels Sprouts

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 6 as a side


1 pound Brussels spouts, washed and dried

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

3/4 cup thinly sliced shallots

3/4 cup thinly sliced prosciutto (about 2-1/2-ounces)

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup dry white wine

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. Use a food processor fitted with the small to medium-sized grater attachment, and grate the Brussels sprouts. Set aside.
  2. Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
  3. Over medium heat, add the prosciutto and cook just until it begins to brown, about 4 minutes.
  4. Stir in the shallots and cook until they are soft, about 5 minutes.
  5. Then add the grated Brussels sprouts and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix to combine and sauté until it's wilted and becoming golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  6. Deglaze the pan with the orange juice and white wine. Use a wooden spatula to scrape off any bits of food that are browned and stuck to the bottom of the pan. Mix that back into the Brussels sprouts mixture. (It's delicious flavor!)
  7. Once the liquid has cooked off, remove the pan from the heat and mix in the dried cranberries.
  8. Season with the salt and pepper and serve warm.


Though I love doing everything from scratch when possible, to save time, you can find packaged, grated burssels sprouts at Trader Joes.

And for a vegan or vegetarian version, simply omit the prosciutto.

Can’t get enough Brussels sprouts?  Here are a few more Brussels sprouts recipes:
Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions
Hazelnut Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts
Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Golden Raisins
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sherried Mustard Vinaigrette
Caramelized Chestnuts and Brussels Sprouts in Cider Vinegar Glaze
Brussels Sprout Salad with Sour Cherries, Hazelnuts and Manchego Cheese

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

How did you know that prosciutto is my absolute favorite ingredient ever?! I love that you added it to this brussel sprouts side dish. I totally need to give this a try!


valentina November 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Chung-AH, it’s another foodie thing we have in common. ;-)


Jeanne @JollyTomato November 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm

This sounds amazing! I always say, everything is better with a little prosciutto. Sounds like it will be part of a wonderful Thanksgiving!


valentina November 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I totally agree, Jeanne! :-)


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious November 14, 2012 at 1:00 am

I love me some Brussels sprouts and I love your story about the past! Have a great Thanksgiving :)


Sophie November 15, 2012 at 10:09 am

What a truly & special Brussels Sprouts dish! I love it so much! :)


Kabrina November 21, 2012 at 4:48 am

Great pics, especially the one of the brussel sprouts!


valentina November 21, 2012 at 5:12 am

Thanks so much, Karbina! Hope you try the recipe. :-) Happy Thanksgiving!


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