Brussels Sprouts With Pear Mostarda

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 30m
Ready In

"Brussels sprouts are cooked in a cast iron skillet, which gets them all crispy and caramelized. They are then topped with sunflower seeds and pear mostarda (an Italian condiment that’s made from fruit and mustard to create a unique sweet-and-spicy combo)."

Original is 4-6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (707.7 g)
  • Calories 691.5
  • Total Fat - 22.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 275.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 121.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 13 g
  • Sugars - 105.1 g
  • Protein - 4.8 g
  • Calcium - 96.4 mg
  • Iron - 2.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 84.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method


Step 1

Peel the pears, split in half and remove the cores. Keep in water with a slice of lemon.

Step 2

Heat up sugar, water, white wine and champagne vinegar. When sugar is dissolved gently add pears to liquid. Add yellow mustard seeds, cinnamon stick, prepared horseradish and bay leaves.

Step 3

Bring the mixture up to simmer and cover making sure pears stay submerged. Use a piece of parchment paper and a small plate to weight it down.

Step 4

When you can easily insert and remove a skewer into the pears, they are done. Add prepared whole grain mustard. Cool and dice.


Step 5

Combine all ingredients into a saucepan.

Step 6

Bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer.

Step 7

Simmer until the sauce is reduced by half, about 15-20 minutes.


Step 8

Note: you can start by frying the Brussels sprouts before placing it into the oven (should take about over the stove-top for about 90 seconds but this can be done on the stove or in the oven or partially by using both methods.

Step 9

First, you need to heat the oven up to 425 degrees.

Step 10

Place a large cast iron pan in the oven to get it hot.

Step 11

Toss Brussels sprouts with a little oil and put in hot pan in the oven. They will start to brown; do not get nervous the flavor only improves. You do not want them burnt, though. It should take about 25 minutes. Only stir a couple of times. The more you stir the slower they will cook.

Step 12

When they are almost done about (3 minutes away) add the pear mostarda and sunflower seeds.

Step 13

Remove from oven; season and drizzle with glaze. You do not want any liquid to accumulate just enough glaze to be absorbed by the Brussels sprouts. Remember you can always add more. It would be a disservice not to say that this recipe would be great with a little pork (bacon, pancetta, crispy prosciutto or even a little-crumbled sausage). Pour another glass of wine, and enjoy!


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