5 Ways to Enjoy Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts look like small ball-sized knobs growing in rows on stalks attached by what look like wooden pegs. Sections of these stalks, about 2 to 3 feet, are sold with the sprouts attached, or loosely in bulk. Strange, but delicious, given half a chance! You say you don't like Brussels sprouts? Well, wait until you try some of these simple ways to cook with them - you're sure you will change your mind.
- Sauté: Wash, trim, cut in half lengthwise. Add olive oil to a pan, cook chunks of white onion and pancetta or bacon for a minute or two. Add sprouts, cook on medium for 10 minutes or so until softened.
- Roast: Same as above, except instead of sautéing, toss ingredients in a bowl with olive oil and lay on a baking sheet in a single layer. Cover with foil and roast at 400 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.
- Shave: Get out a mandolin or a knife and shave 24 Brussels sprouts thinly. Place in a bowl and add shaved Pecorino Romano cheese, walnuts, and olive oil to taste. Mix well, until sprouts begin to wilt. Serve.
- Grill: Mix trimmed sprouts with oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Place on a piece of foil and wrap like a package. Toss package on the grill for about 15 minutes.
- Pasta: Sauté as above. Add cooked pasta to the pan with a bit of butter, salt and pepper. Stir well and serve.