Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Brussel Sprouts

Brussels sprouts tend to be a very polarizing vegetable. People either love'em or loath them....I've never actually heard someone say "they're OK."

I am in the former category as I absolutely love Brussels. The BF is in the latter category - and as such, I do not make them when he is coming for dinner. Brussels are part of my super secret single behavior - because I will center an entire dinner around their presence.

For some reason they haven't been at my grocery store lately. If you follow my twitter posts you will see that I've tried to pick them up at the store only to have my heart shattered when all Brussels are out of stock. Luckily, and unlike one of my other favorites - canned pumpkin - Brussels are a bit easier to track down. I found some the very next week in my local Shaw's.

My favorite way to cook Brussels sprouts is to roast them - and I encourage you to try them this way even if you don't think you like them. They get crispy and golden brown on the outside.

I started by trimming up the sprouts:

I trimmed the stems, then cut them in half and put them on a baking sheet. I drizzled the sheet with about a tablespoon of olive oil then added salt, pepper and garlic powder. I baked them in the oven for about 20-25 mins, tossing occasionally.

I plated them with a few shavings of Parmesan...And I've got to admit - I did have something else with dinner besides a heaping plate of roasted Brussels...but with a huge plate of roasted Brussels as my focus...I can't for the life of me remember what accompanied them!

I love the way the outer leaves get crunchy/crispy when they are baked. They're like semi-healthy chips!


  1. Same here... I love 'em, the bf hates 'em. I made chicken parm the other night, and I bought myself a handful of Brussels sprouts to go with it. Had to have them! I usually half them and saute them in a pan with olive oil and this mixture of spices called Splash... or just salt and pepper. I'll have to try roasting them.

  2. MMM I LOVE Brussel sprouts!!!
    pretty impressive roasting without an oven ;)
    it was nice to meet you at Blogtoberfest!

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