Amaretto Garlic Butter Brussels Sprouts

Monday, November 14, 2011
These are simple to make Brussels Sprouts with toasted almonds,  Amaretto, and very gourmet to serve.

We really love the flavors of this garlic and nutty additions and everyone always raves about these when we serve them around the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you're a fan of brussels sprouts this gourmet version will blow your mind in flavors.

The best part about this easy recipe, the additions can be endless.

During the holiday sprinkling, the top with dried cranberries gives this a green and red festive look and also adds a little sweetness!

Then for those who love a little spice add some red pepper flakes for heat.

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Scroll down and check out these easy cooking methods on our printable recipe card at the end.

Trimming Brussels Sprouts

The easiest way to clean beans is to rinse them first in a colander.

Then grab a cutting board and you will need a sharp knife.

Take the stem part off with a sharp knife.

Then to cook faster I cut them in half.

Tips and Cooking Methods

  • Oven Roasted: I test the sprouts while roasting any vegetables for correct softness at 7 minutes in the oven, I add some water or chicken broth and cover if they are still too hard
  • Air frying: single place beans in the basket, oil spray wire basket, and Brussels, sprinkle with granulated garlic powder, and air fry at 400 for 7 to 8 minutes or until starting to brown, remove and toss in melted butter and toasted nuts toss with Amaretto
  • Toasting Nuts: Use a microwave-safe plate and toast in the microwave for around 1-minute intervals checking to see if they are browned, or in a frying pan on the stovetop. You can also roast them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 400 degrees until browned.
  • Alternative Nuts: Use any kinds of nuts toasted however if you have nut allergies use pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds as a substitute.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • brussels sprouts
  • fresh garlic
  • almonds or another nut you prefer
  • water or chicken broth
  • Amaretto
  • butter
  • salt, and pepper to taste
  • Optional: a pinch of  cayenne pepper

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    Other Additions and Suggestions

    • dried cranberries ( we always add them to our Brussels Sprout recipe)
    • lemon zest
    • add chopped fresh mint, basil, and parsley, oregano
    • add cooked prosciutto or bacon crumbled on top
    • use pumpkin seeds for nut allergies or sunflower seed
    • sprinkle with pecorino romano cheese on top
    • toast some  Italian seasoned breadcrumbs for a topping as we do with our  Italian Stuffed Artichokes
    • change the flavors with lemon zest, orange zest or liquors

    Amaretto Garlic Butter Brussels Sprouts

    Amaretto Garlic Butter Brussels Sprouts
    Yield: 8
    Author: Claudia Lamascolo
    Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 25 Min
    A toasted Almond and Amaretto coated Brussels Sprouts side dish.


    • 1/2 pound Brussels sprouts cleaned and with the end cut off then sliced in half
    • 2 large cloves of garlic smashed
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons Amaretto
    • salt, pepper to taste, and a pinch of cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 cup of chicken broth


    1. Saute garlic in 1 tablespoon of butter with a pinch of salt and pepper for around 1 minute or until fragrant.
    2. Add the Brussels Sprouts and chicken broth and simmer with butter and garlic until the water is about gone around 10 minutes let them brown a little or a lot however you like them. ( you can also broil them to get crispy)
    3. Note: Pierce one with a fork to if see they are soft it should go in easily.
    4. Set them aside in a bowl.
    5. Add the rest of the butter almonds and toast them for a few minutes.
    6. Add salt and pepper to taste and add the Amaretto.
    7. Stir the Brussels back in to coat and reheat then serve.
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    1. Love Brussels sprouts so I know I'd love these . . . the amaretto is a great idea. No wonder it was a favorite of your mother.

    2. Awesome flavoring choices for brussel sprouts.

      They look so appetizing!

    3. What wonderful flavors! This would convince anyone to eat Brussels sprouts. I love this preparation. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

    4. This is a great way to flavor up brussel sprouts and I have both amaretto as well as frangelico! Very creative, getting these liqueurs to play a savory part in a side dish. Have a great day!

    5. Oh this takes brussels to a new level of amazing!

      You go girl!!

    6. I have a very similar recipe, but would never have thought to include amaretto. Interesting! I will try this.

    7. I love brussel sprouts, and using amaretto is a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing with us! =]

    8. Hi Claudia, How funny I made fresh Brussels Sprouts for the first time today. Usually I use frozen but got lucky and found fresh. Anyways I roasted them with olive oil and almonds. Yours sound so delicious and I'm going to try your recipe for the next batch. They do sound perfect for the holidays.

    9. I'm not a fan of Brussels sprouts but these ingredients sound good enough to make me want to try it.

    10. Amaretto? What a cool idea! Sweet and nutty to go with the brussels sprouts! Very nicely done!

    11. Brussel sprouts are a favorite. I would never have thought to add amaretto. Brilliant!

    12. Amaretto on Brussel sprouts? I am more than intrigued :)

    13. I detest brussel sprouts. Please Peg- could I substitute another vegetable?

    14. Never would have thought to add liquor to Brussels sprouts - great idea!

    15. The amaretto sounds great! I'll keep this recipe :)

    16. Wonderful Thanksgiving side, I love brussell sprouts and the garlic makes it. A thanks to your Mom.

    17. Great sprout recipe Claudia. Looks so delicious.

    18. What an intriguing flavor combination for brussels...sounds delightful!


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