This recipe is flat-out delicious—so much so that when I made it for Thanksgiving instead of my usual potato gratin, no one missed the dish.

Serves 6-8

Photo by Doug Young



10 small Yukon Gold potatoes

1 cup sugar snap peas

1 pint Brussels sprouts (about 20), rinsed, trimmed, and halved

1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Zest of 1 lemon

½ cup minced shallots

4 ounces medium cremini mushrooms, stemmed and quartered

1¼ cups heavy cream or half-and-half

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves


Bring a pot of water with ½ teaspoon salt to boil. Add the potatoes, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the potatoes and set them aside to cool. Add the peas to the pot, cook for 5 minutes, then drain them. Toss the Brussels sprouts with 1½ teaspoons of the olive oil and the lemon zest and season with salt. Arrange them cutside down in a large heavy skillet. Place over high heat, and when the Brussels sprouts start to sizzle, lower the heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes until lightly browned. Remove them from the pan.

Add the shallots to the pan and cook until they have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining oil. Stir in the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms have wilted, another 5 minutes or so. Add the peas and cook briefly, stirring, until they have softened a bit, about 3 minutes. Quarter the potatoes and add them. In a small bowl, whisk the cream and mustard together and add to the pan. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes to slightly thicken the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a warm dish, scatter with the thyme and serve.

Excerpted with permission from The Ladies Village Improvement Society Cookbook Eating and Entertaining in East Hampton By Florence Fabricant; Published by Rizzoli International Publications.