- 1 pound brussels sprouts
- 1 lemon
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- 1 (18-ounce) package shelf-stable or refrigerated potato gnocchi
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced into 6 pieces
- ½ teaspoon honey
- Freshly grated Parmesan, for serving
- Trim and halve the brussels sprouts. Using a vegetable peeler, peel thick strips of lemon zest, then coarsely chop. (You should have about 2 teaspoons chopped zest.)
- In a large (preferably 12-inch) skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high. Add the brussels sprouts, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper, then arrange the brussels sprouts in an even layer, cut-side down. Scatter the lemon zest over the top and cook, undisturbed, until the brussels sprouts are well browned underneath, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the red-pepper flakes, stir and cook until the brussels sprouts are crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
- In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high. Break up any gnocchi that are stuck together, add them to the pan and cook, covered and undisturbed, until golden brown on one side, 2 to 4 minutes. Add the butter and honey, season with salt and a generous amount of black pepper, and cook, stirring, until the butter is golden, nutty smelling and foaming, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the brussels sprouts until warmed through. Serve with grated Parmesan.
NOTES: I quartered the brussels sprouts and cooked them much longer than suggested; I would periodically deglaze the pan (you could use water, wine, or broth) and cover them so they would soften more. I also added onion at this point. In addition, I added precooked chicken for some protein and an all in one skillet meal!