Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Hazelnuts
- 3 lb. brussels sprouts
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Pinch of sugar
- 3⁄4 cup shelled hazelnuts
- 12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
- Fresh lemon juice, to taste
Bring a large saucepan three-fourths full of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add large pinches of salt and sugar and the brussels sprouts. Boil until the sprouts are bright green and tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold running water and drain again.
In a dry large, heavy fry pan over medium heat, toast the hazelnuts, stirring them to color evenly, until the skins char in places and begin to split and ake, about 10 minutes. Pour the nuts into a clean kitchen towel and roll the towel around them. Rub the nuts against one another inside the towel to remove the skins. Do not worry if some bits of skin remain. Transfer the nuts to a cutting board and chop coarsely; you want an uneven mixture of some hazelnut halves and some small pieces.
Return the hazelnuts to the fry pan over medium-low heat and lightly toast the skinned nuts for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the butter and let it melt. Season with salt and pepper and add the brussels sprouts, tossing to coat them with the butter and hazelnuts and to heat through, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and serve hot or at room temperature.