So many things to love about these holiday shredded Brussels sprouts!
This Christmas dinner side dish is easy to make and is so festive topped with pomegranate seeds and toasted walnuts.
Just Five Ingredients
All you need is five, maybe four if you want to go the nut-free route, ingredients. Brussels spouts, of course. A bit of olive oil (or grape seed oil works too). Fresh pomegranate seeds. Walnuts. And then sea salt to finish things off.
Roast or sauté these shredded Brussels sprouts.
You can cook these quickly on the stove top in a skillet. Or you can roast them in the oven. Below you’ll find directions for the stove top method. However, since this is a holiday dish, sometimes the stovetop gets full making side dishes. So, if that’s the case and you have available oven space, go ahead and roast them in the oven at 400˚for about 15-20 minutes or until you see some golden brown edges.
If you have neigh stovetop space or oven space, then you can also cook these in an electric skillet.
You might be a bunch of nuts, but if you or your family are not into eating nuts, you can leave those off. I think the walnuts add a little bit of a rustic Christmas/wintery look if you leave them whole but the green Brussels sprouts with simply fresh pomegranate seeds added, is also very festive just by itself. You can scroll through the photo to see this side dish with and without the nuts and see what you think.
Toasting nuts optional.
Toasting the nuts for just a minute or two adds some warmth and extra flavor to this dish. It’s optional though. You can skip the toasting and just add walnuts in their natural form if you want to save time.
How to Easily Remove Seeds from a Pomegranate
You want to know the easiest way? Let POM do the work for you! POM sells cups full of pomegranate seeds when pomegranates are in season, which just so happens to be right before the holidays through the winter months. So that’s what I like to do. You know me. Always looking for the easy way out!
But sometimes the ready-to-go seeds don’t last long. They seem to spoil quickly. So an actual pomegranate fruit may be a better option if you need to shop several days before you’re ready to use them.
In that case, to easily remove the seeds from the pomegranate follow these steps:
- Cut or peel open the pomegranate.
- Fill a large bowl with cold water.
- Over the bowl of water, squeeze the outside of the fruit to loose the seeds until the fall into the water. You may need to help some of them out with clean hands or a spoon.
- As the seeds and the pulp of the pomegranate fall into the water, they should separate. The pulp will float while the seeds will sink.
- Skim off the pulp then spoon out the seeds with a slotted spoon or drain them using a strainer.
How to Shred Brussels Sprouts
Again, you can actually buy Brussels sprouts already shredded. So that’s going to be the easier way to go!
If you prefer to shred your own, you can easily shred Brussels sprouts using a food processor. Most all food processors have a shredding wheel attachment you can use. Just drop in the Brussels sprouts with the shredder attachment in place, let them whirl around, and that’s it! Easy.
Shredding your own works best when using fresh Brussels sprouts however you can also shred frozen ones too, they just tend to be a little messier/juicier is all.
Presenting this Side Dish as a Festive Wreath
This is easy too. All you need is a round platter, tart pan, or large plate to serve this. Something with a lip is helpful to contain the food and prevent spills. I use my ceramic tart pan for this dish and it works great. You can get the same one on Amazon here.
Arrange the cooked Brussels sprouts in a circle, leaving the center open. Top with fresh pomegranate seeds and walnuts to finish it off and serve immediate while still hot and fresh.
Make-ahead Wreath Tips
If you’re making this ahead, you can cook the Brussels sprouts, arrange in a wreath shape on your platter (be sure it’s microwave safe) and cover in plastic wrap. Before serving, heat with plastic wrap on for 2 minutes. Carefully remove plastic wrap (direct hot steam away from you) and top with pomegranate seeds and walnuts right before serving.
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