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Blanching the Brussels sprouts first helps tenderize them and bring out their flavor.
Brussels Sprouts with Pecorino
Submitted by Mario Batali for Feeding America’s 5-Ingredient Dinner Challenge
Originally published in Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals from My Home to Yours
Serves 8 to 10
2 tbsp. salt
2 lbs. Brussels sprouts, any tough or discolored outer leaves removed
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
4 oz. Pecorino Romano, cut into quarter-inch cubes
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Bring 8 quarts of water to a boil in a pasta pot. Set up an ice bath nearby.
2. When the water comes to a boil, add 2 tablespoons salt. Drop the Brussels sprouts into the boiling water and when the water returns to the boil, cook for 3 minutes. Then drain the Brussels sprouts and plunge them into the ice bath. Once they have cooled, drain, trim off the tough ends, and cut them in half lengthwise.
3. In a 14-inch sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the thyme leaves and cook until they are crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully add the Brussels sprouts to the pan (they will cause a spattering ruckus), and cook over medium heat until they are tender and starting the brown, 7 to 10 minutes.
4. Add the pecorino cubes and cook, stirring gently, until the cheese starts to melt around the edges, about 3 minutes. Season with black pepper and serve immediately.