Monday, February 10, 2014

The Brussels Sprouts Debut

I grew up hearing people complain about Brussels sprouts on tv.  Kids were always wrinkling their noses up when they had them on their plates or there was a mild threat that they might have to eat them as punishment.

From what I recall, my mother never made us eat Brussels sprouts.  I know I saw them in real life somewhere, but no one ever made me eat them.  That I can recall.

A couple of years ago, we went to my sister a-ster's house for Thanksgiving and she served them and I was blown away at their good taste.  I couldn't figure out why they were always a dreaded vegetable on tv.

I never bothered to make them myself, but I've thought often of the Thanksgiving Brussels sprouts.

I recently made my Whole Foods debut and they had some nice looking Brussels sprouts, so I bought some, hoping to roast them and enjoy them.

Well, roast and enjoy them I did!  I cut off the ends of each one and cut them in half.  I put them on the stoneware pan, drizzled olive oil and a little salt and pepper and mixed it around.  I roasted them for 20 minutes, maybe more, at 400 degrees.

And then I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.  They were the perfect texture.  A few outside leaves were slightly overcooked and crispy but still good.

And because of the salt, I swear it was like eating French fries.

K-ster liked them but made it clear that though I might like to eat them for every meal from now until I'm dead, I am not to make them again this week.  But, he will definitely eat them again, he said.

Now I want to grow them!  This is like the opposite of encouraging kids to grow vegetables so they will want to eat them.  I ate a vegetable and now I want to grow it!

The secret?  Roasting.  I think the reason everyone hated them when they were kids is that mothers would boil them.  I can't even imagine boiling this vegetable.  That would be gross, indeed.

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  1. I never did figure out why so many people complained about Brussels Sprouts - they are delicious!!!

  2. Roasted brussel sprouts are one of my favorite dishes ever! Sooo yummy. I think they get a bad stigma because of the frozen ones, which seem to end up mushy no matter how you cook them.

    (p.s. Found you through the Real Food Fridays linkup)


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