Maple Syrup & Lusty Monk Brussels Sprouts
For the Walnuts
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup maple syrup
generous sprinkle of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the Dressing
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp Lusty Monk Original Sin mustard
1 Tbsp maple syrup
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Brussels Sprouts
1 1/2 lbs trimmed brussels sprouts (trim the bases and peel away the outer, darkest leaves)
1 Tbsp olive oil
Seeds from 1 pomegranate

Place a piece of parchment paper on a plate. Place the walnuts and maple syrup in a nonstick skillet and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat and cook for 6-7 minutes. Spoon the walnuts onto the parchment in a single layer and allow to cool. When cool and crisp, break into small pieces.
Whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside.
Using the slicing attachment on a food processor, slice the brussels sprouts (or, thinly slice by hand.)
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the brussels sprouts, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 minutes, until browned in spots. Add dressing and toss to coat. Toss in candied pepitas and pomegranate seeds. Adjust seasonings to taste, and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve warm.

Recipe modified from Cara’s Cravings