19 December 2010

I Want to Like Brussels Sprouts, Really I Do...

I mean, they're so cute and all. But I just don't know if I can do it.

For Thanksgiving I got brave and decided to try that fabulous Bobby Flay recipe that he made for the Throwdown with the Pioneer Woman (pictured above). It had about a zillion ingredients and I had to make two parts of the recipe ahead of time, but it came together rather well. It was a very pretty dish! Mainly because of those pomegranate seeds~like little red jewels! But I have to say, I did not like the taste of the dish. Loved the seeds~the Brussels sprouts not so much. Others at the meal did enjoy it, so it wasn't a total loss. And I knew there was the chance I wouldn't like it, but I wanted to try something new.

Well, since I bought twice as many Brussels sprouts as I needed for Thanksgiving I had to come up with a different recipe to try~because I couldn't be wasteful and just throw them out. So Vince found this recipe on Good Eats with Alton Brown that actually sounded good (it involves bacon, so I felt pretty confident). So this weekend we gave it a whirl.


The verdict: thumbs up! Now don't get me wrong, I still don't think I can eat them very often--and maybe not more than once a year--but I have found a way to enjoy them. Of course, it includes bacon, onions and cheese which are three of my fave ingredients. But whatever works, right?

I took a little poll on my Facebook page on how my friends like to prepare their sprouts. I must say butter and bacon were two of the top additives for this little veggie. Although one friend calls them *little green balls of death*...heehee

If you do eat Brussels sprouts, how do you like them?

4 comments:

Kathy said...

I'm on the 'little green balls of death' bandwagon! hahaha =)

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Kathy,
That's so funny:) That's sort of how I felt on Thanksgiving!

Deb said...

Oh, I am so far behind on my blog reading - I can't believe that I am just now on December 18th!

ANYway, brussels are one of the veggies my kids will actually eat, and the way they like them best is oven roasted.

Basically, I clean the brussels and halve or quarter them. Then I toss them in olive oil and put them on a baking sheet on the lower shelf of the oven on about 400 degrees. They take 20-ish minutes, but when they get crispy, they are almost as good as a french fry.

Almost.

I blogged my recipe here:

http://notinadequate.com/2010/11/17/another-very-vegetable-victory/

Give it a try and see what you think. I tried another recipe once that had me frying them in bacon grease, and oh my - they were AMAZING.

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Deb,
I know exactly what you mean about being behind on blog reading...I am, too:)

I checked out your Brussels sprouts post and those look really good! I like that they are so crispy. I'll definitely need to try this next time. Thanks for sharing!