Brussels sprouts are available in supermarkets pretty much year round, but each fall we look forward to seeing entire stalks of the brussels sprouts plant at the farmers’ market.
This recipe treats brussels sprouts as miniature cabbages; instead of being cooked whole, they are trimmed so that they break up into little cups as they cook, and stay bright green. Sesame oil gives the brussels sprouts a nice nutty taste and brings out the flavor of the peanuts.
Steam the brussels sprouts on a rack over about 1inch of boiling salted water, covered tightly, until just tender but with a hint of crispness, 6 to 8 minutes. Rinse the sprouts under cold water and drain well.
Toast the peanuts in a dry large nonstick skillet over medium heat, tossing, until starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the sprouts, sesame oil, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Cook, tossing gently to combine the ingredients, until the sprouts are heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.