Learn to Love Brussel Sprouts





Introduction: Learn to Love Brussel Sprouts

Many people out there hate brussel sprouts and I can almost guarantee that they hate them because they grew up with steamed mushy bitter brussels from a freezer bag, maybe coated in lard or butter to "help" them go down. Yuck!

Get over your fear with delicious roasted sprouts!

Step 1: Ingredients

Between 1/4-1lb of FRESH brussel sprouts (Never ever use frozen brussel sprouts as a dishes focal point!!)
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Black Pepper(preferably fresh)

Optional: Balsamic Vinagrette and Salad Bacon/Precooked bacon

Step 2: Toss the Sprouts

Put the brussel sprouts in a plastic bag or large bowl.
Pour in enough olive oil to coat them thoroughly.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Too much olive oil isn't a huge problem, but drain excess off if there is a lot in the bottom of the bowl/bag.

Be careful with the salt! You can always add more salt when they are done cooking.

Step 3: Cook

Preheat the toaster oven to 400 degrees, I set it to Broil.
I put down tinfoil in the bottom for easy cleanup.
Place your brussel sprouts in a single layer and make sure there is some room between them. If they are crammed too close together the air doesn't circulate well and they aren't as crispy in the end.
Set your timer for 25 minutes.
Turn the sprouts over every 7-10 minutes. This makes sure they don't burn too much on one side and are crispy all over.
You will see some browning/black color, but that is what you want. You will smell burning if they have stayed on one side for too long. If you get there in time you can simply turn them and they should be fine.

You can use a regular oven for this, but make sure the rack is in the middle.

Optional: At 20 minutes add half a cup of the bacon over the sprouts. This will make the bacon really crispy and add more fat and salt. Yum!
If you want to get really crazy put some shredded cheese on top...though this is taking away from the brussel sprout experience, I can't really argue with cheese.

Step 4: Done!

Serve hot/warm.
Do a taste test and make sure it is salted and peppered to your liking.
If too salty you can try mixing them with more olive oil to try and rub some of the salt off.
Add a small dish of balsamic vinagrette for dipping if you like.

If you don't love brussel sprouts after this then you definitely hate them and are a lost cause and I'm so so sorry you had to eat them again!



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    Broiling!Wonderful! But I have another amazing tip that REALLY WORKS if you want to BOIL them a la the old-fashioned way & eliminate the off-putting odor -- get this, BOIL them with a cup of Sprite added to the water, which somehow miraculously removes the smell, that otherwise kills kids' appetites. No kiddin': adding a bit of this kind of soda pop does away with the characteristic smell that puts many people off.
    I UNDER-cook slightly my brussels sprouts (al dente) & then melt a pat of butter to top.

    Another very cool use of brussels sprouts is to GRATE a few RAW ones into your salad. We do this in Denmark, where Ilive.
    I won a recognition for the above sprite -idea in a family recipe anthology back in the 1990s. Adding a dollop os Sprite really, absolutely works if you want to erase the smell of brussels sprouts in your home. it was quite by accident that I ever came to do this. Possibly it may work with other types of cabbages, too.

    Huh? I have "always" loved them....as long as I can remember......

     I was under the impression this was the normal way to cook brussel sprouts, it's how Mom always makes them. Guess I'm lucky! Never understood all the hate for them, I love these things!  

    These go great served with roasted string beans. 

    When I cook my brussel sprouts by first boiling them in salted water for seven minutes. Then I sauteé them in butter with garlic for three minutes. That's the same way I eat Bidens pilosa

    I just used your recipe. Fantastic! As a kid i only ate brussle sprouts when the old lady down the street watched us for the evening, blech! I had very enjoyable brussle sprouts later in adult life but was never able to recreate the good ones until now! So easy, little oil, salt ... delish!

    I already like Brussels Sprouts but the recipie was awesome - and should make everyone love Brussels!

    These things are all over the UK. And Brussel Sprouts are dirt cheap. It's a good way to eat as a student. That and porridge (oat meal.) I use to lightly saute mine with the best olive oil (my flatmate was from Greece and had an olive orchard) and used fresh cracked pepper with table salt. I always had good outcomes with frozen sprouts as well. Just adapt this process to the microwave. I can attest that this is indeed a tasty way to eat these vegetables.

    we have a lot in common.. i learned to like river dancing.

    I like brussel sprouts. Another good way is to sautee them just briefly with pistachios and then squeeze fresh lemon juice over it and sprinkle it with salt. It was a recipe from Bon Appetit I think. Way to spread the brussel sprout love!

    Here's another really tasty way to eat brussel sprouts.... boil or steam them till just barely cooked. Cut sprouts in half, put in saute pan with some olive oil and butter and saute till golden brown, add in some walnuts just before they're done. yummy!

    I guess I could try to eat some brussel sprouts this way...

    How do you find fresh, non-bug-infested brussel sprouts? When I was young my dad got some from a farm stand and they looked so good...the first one tasted great...the second one had little black bugs in it. Now I'm afraid to try them again.

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    Y'know, it used to freak me out too, but now I find it reassuring, I mean, at least they're not dripping with insecticide. In any case, I let my salad and vegs soak in a bowl of salted water before peeling, slicing, dicing, chopping. It seems to kill any bugs.

    Well, I get them from the farmers market and from the grocery store and haven't run into bug problems yet. Though, bugs are a risk no matter what produce you are buying. I guess cut into a couple and see if everything looks okay? Just go for what you can find. You can do this recipe with frozen brussel sprouts if you defrost them first, but they won't be nearly as firm. This reminds me of an ancient joke: What's worse than a worm in your apple? Half a worm!

    I didn't really care for Brussels Sprouts when I was younger but ended up liking them as a young adult when I found out that putting ranch dressing on them is pretty tasty.

    From wikipedia: Whatever cooking method is employed, care must be taken not to overcook. Overcooking releases the sulphur smelling glucosinolate, sinigrin. This is the reason many people profess to dislike Brussels sprouts; only ever having tried them overcooked with the accompanying sulfuric taste and smell.

    sounds good, but i don't know about the whole addition of bacon to this dish lol thanks! will try tomorrow with some capers....mmmm

    What we do in the kitchen for Brussels Sprouts: Cook in juice instead of water, gives them a lovely sweetness and no bitterness. And then there is no need for butter, which will cut down your fat content. If you use purple grape juice they get a nice purple color to them which looks cool on the plate.

    Steamed, then quickly sauteed in some butter with toasted, chopped pecans. Will make a believer out of any sprout hater. Just don't overcook them!