Thursday, October 9, 2008

Holy crap! I like brussels sprouts!

I’ve been trying to incorporate a greater variety of vegetables into our meals lately — things we’re convinced we don’t like, but need to give another try. The experiment is going pretty well. Last week, I discovered that cauliflower isn’t actually the spawn of Satan, as I once considered it.
So I was in Safeway Monday night, looking for a new veggie adventure and spotted some very cute, but lonely-looking brussels sprouts. I’ve tried them a few times over the years, but never with much luck, i.e., flared nostrils and a strong gag reflex. After gazing at them a bit — they really are quite adorable — I decided to give it a go. I remembered a recipe I stumbled across a few months ago on This Week for Dinner and figured that worst case, the sprouts could enrich our compost bin if the experience was similar to past encounters.

Turns out, I’ve just never had brussels sprouts prepared in a way I find appealing. Until now. The 60-second brussels sprouts recipe is a totally new way (to me, at least) to eat these little delights. You don't cook them long enough for the sulfur compounds to begin releasing, so they don't get bitter and smell funky. One minute over super-high heat leaves the sprouts with an al dente texture and a bit of natural sweetness. Morgan wasn’t home when I made them, so I still need to see what he thinks, but I’m pretty certain they’ll begin joining us for dinner on a regular basis. Give them a try!

7 comments:

Missy said...

Isn't that funny, I just discovered I like brussel sprouts a year ago. My co-worker cooks them whole with butter and garlic, and those little suckers are delicious!

jenny said...

I agree with Missy- cook them whole with butter and garlic- num! Also- you should try roasting them on a broiler with kosher salt and olive oil.

Emily said...

Cover anything in bleu cheese, butter or garlic and it will taste good! This version sounds great - can't wait to try it! Maybe it can be the healthy twist at the S'Mac down?

jenny said...

i just went back and looked at these- they look really yummy!

Kerry said...

Hillary, I have the BEST sprouts recipe for you. What's your email address?

Emily said...

I just bought a bag of Brussels Sprouts at Costco and Curtis is traveling so I'm going to make your 60-second recipe tonight for myself! I can't wait.

Emily Adamson said...

I bought a bag of Brussels Sprouts today at Costco and Curtis is traveling so I'm making myself 60-second sprouts tonight for dinner! Can't wait!