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Brussels sprouts

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:22 pm
by lolasf
Who wants to teach me how to cook Brussels sprouts? They're on sale at my local market, and if they look good I'd like to pick some up this weekend and try cooking them.

How do you make them? Roasted? Sauteed? What kind of other flavors with them?

Most importantly, will my house smell like farts or old shoes while I'm cooking them? Roasting cauliflower smells pretty damn bad considering how good it tastes, I imagine this will be similar.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:38 pm
by Higgs Bossom
Usually just cut them in half, toss with a little olive oil, salt & pepper then roast in the oven.

I like them with a tahini sauce (both on brussels sprouts & cauliflower).

Another method is to shred or chop them up then sauteed in some olive oil/butter with some mustard seeds, shallots, chopped pecans, lemon juice & zest.

Lately for cauliflower, my favorite way to eat them is roasted with a simple lemon juice, parsley & Aleppo or Harissa pepper sauce.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:39 pm
by Stephen_Dedalus
Boil them, of course.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:40 pm
by bundes
I prefer them just steamed with butter, salt and pepper.

I don't notice any smell, maybe because of steaming over roasting.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:15 pm
by leela
I think roasting makes them more bitter. Charred leaves don't work for me.

I generally prefer them simply steamed or boiled (not for too long!), though I did do them par-cooked and then finished in a pan with lardons for Christmas dinner.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:24 pm
by everso
Boiled briefly, but I've never tried roasting them, so that might be nice. On the other hand, we also like them mixed with boiled potatoes, all chopped up roughly, well seasoned and fried, as in bubble and squeak. I always think they have more flavour than cabbage so they go well for that.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:43 pm
by leela
Ooh yes, sprout bubble and squeak is the best.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:24 pm
by lolasf
Yum, these ideas are making me hungry.

I think I was leaning towards roasting just because that's what I do with other winter veggies. I do have some bacon though, so maybe I could shred and saute.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:33 pm
by mishmish
I tried roasting them on stew recomendation, and they were a bit bitter. I used frozen (partially thawed first) though. Steamed were much better. I suspect they are majorly different when fresh. Sorry, no help at all.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:14 pm
by NorthernStar
Halve, drizzle with oil, salt, and roast, as per Higgs. The charred ones are the best. Not a fart smell while roasting, more like wet wool socks.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:07 pm
by Chi_Rup
Parboil, then stir fry with pancetta or chestnuts. A tablespoon of stock is good for seasoning them. You can even add a little sesame oil.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:42 pm
by Scrubb
My favourite is to parboil them (i.e., stick them in a bowl with a bit of water, covered, in the microwave for about a minute), then slice each one in half and fry them with a lot of garlic, then sprinkle generously with soya sauce. Maybe a dash of sesame oil.

Easiest is to cook them through in the microwave - it takes 2 - 3.5 minutes depending on how many you're cooking - and at the same time put a knob of butter and some slivered almonds on fairly high heat till the butter browns (not burns). Then toss the sprouts in the almond butter.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:00 am
by Higgs Bossom
You can also deep fry them (and cauliflower). The brussel sprout halves will get a little crispy. The oil needs to be hot so use canola or other high heat oil, and make sure the sprouts are completely dry before dropping in the oil.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:24 am
by dragon
I saw a REALLY yummy looking recipe on Facebook, and I can never find them here! It was a roasted Chinese food style kind of thing.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:55 am
by lolasf
I don't really (deep) fry at home, but Scrubb's microwave shortcut + pan fry idea is appealing.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:59 am
by cuchulainn
As others have mentioned, sautéing in pork fat is good. You can add some lemon juice too.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:53 am
by dragon

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:58 am
by Scrubb
I have a feeling I made that recipe, dragon, and it wasn't as good as I expected. But, I might be misremembering. It's possible I read it and thought about making it, but did something else instead. And the something else was disappointing.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:02 am
by guruwil
Steam a bit then Fry them in loads of butter with bacon and garlic, then throw out the sprouts and eat the bacon.

Or leave them in if you must.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:58 pm
by lolasf
I feel like I'm going to have to make Brussels Sprouts like 4x next week, just to try different recipes. That might be a bit much even for me.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:40 pm
by Stephen_Dedalus
Open windows

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:04 pm
by birdlite
Roasted with balsamic vinegar and honey...sometimes with bacon (best with bacon, but....)

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:58 am
by everso
I cooked sprouts for dinner tonight, with chicken pie, and they were completely flavourless. What's happening?? They were grown in the UK, so hadn't had to travel far!

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:03 am
by DianaHaddad
NorthernStar wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:14 pm
Halve, drizzle with oil, salt, and roast, as per Higgs. The charred ones are the best. Not a fart smell while roasting, more like wet wool socks.
Yes, this. Except with maple pepper (contains salt) and not just normal salt and pepper. It makes a big difference.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:22 am
by rosstralia
They are probably the most awful vegetable on the planet.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:16 pm
by jessica_fletcher
I like to shred them. Cook some lardons in a pan, then toss in garlic n the shredded sprouts.

If I'm feeling ridiculous I'll add cream and some parmesan cheese too.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:19 pm
by Stephen_Dedalus
So far the best way to make sprouts seems to be to add lots of other tasty shit to it.

Re: Brussels sprouts

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:04 pm
by Usher73
It's like okra, add lots of other tasty shit to it. Then throw out the okra.

Throw out the brussels sprouts. Buy broccoli.