Like so many other things in life that we can only appreciate in older age, many people have negative memories of Brussels sprouts from childhood. The Brussels sprouts of these childhoods were likely mushy, overcooked, and in the worst cases, gave off the malodorous aromas of rotten eggs. But however traumatizing these memories may be, Brussels sprouts deserve another chance. These healthy sprouts can be quite delicious if cooked properly. The Pasadena Journal writes that the secret to delicious Brussels sprouts is the proper preparation. Good baked Brussels sprouts have a pleasing, slightly nutty flavor and firm texture that are complemented by roasting in olive oil or butter.
Lately, Brussels sprouts have been enjoying a new incarnation as a trendy, delicious gourmet food. Baked Brussels sprouts are showing up on menus across the country, along with other variations like roasted, caramelized, and fried Brussels sprouts. Conventional wisdom holds that steaming is the best method for cooking sprouts, because it preserves nutrients and flavor. However, if you use this method, you risk over-steaming your Brussels sprouts, leading to unpleasant taste and texture. Instead, try baked Brussels sprouts as a good alternative to steaming.
Baked Brussels Sprouts Recipes
Cooking Brussels sprouts is easy and yields nutritious, delicious results. For simple roasted Brussels sprouts, all you need is 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, high quality olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and remove any yellow outer leaves. Mix the sprouts, oil, salt, and pepper together in a bowl, then pour onto a baking sheet or sheet pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400 degrees, shaking the pan occasionally so the sprouts brown evenly. Sprouts are done when they become crisp on the outside but are tender on the inside.
Don’t let a bad taste in your mouth from childhood keep you from enjoying this fiber-packed, nutritious, and delicious vegetable. Baked Brussels sprouts make healthy crispy snacks and are a great side dish for the whole family to enjoy.
- “The Amazing Brussels Sprout”, Pasadena Journal
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