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Brussels sprouts

Post by lolasf » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:22 pm

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.
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Re: Brussels sprouts

Post by Higgs Bossom » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:38 pm

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.
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Re: Brussels sprouts

Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:39 pm

Boil them, of course.

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Post by bundes » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:40 pm

I prefer them just steamed with butter, salt and pepper.

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

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Post by leela » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:15 pm

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.
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Post by everso » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:24 pm

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.

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Post by leela » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:43 pm

Ooh yes, sprout bubble and squeak is the best.
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Re: Brussels sprouts

Post by lolasf » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:24 pm

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.
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Post by mishmish » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:33 pm

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.

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Post by NorthernStar » 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.

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Post by Chi_Rup » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:07 pm

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.

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Post by Scrubb » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:42 pm

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.
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Post by Higgs Bossom » Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:00 am

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.

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Post by dragon » Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:24 am

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.
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Post by lolasf » Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:55 am

I don't really (deep) fry at home, but Scrubb's microwave shortcut + pan fry idea is appealing.
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Post by cuchulainn » Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:59 am

As others have mentioned, sautéing in pork fat is good. You can add some lemon juice too.

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Post by dragon » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:53 am

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Post by Scrubb » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:58 am

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.
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Post by guruwil » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:02 am

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.
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Re: Brussels sprouts

Post by lolasf » Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:58 pm

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.
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Post by birdlite » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:04 pm

Roasted with balsamic vinegar and honey...sometimes with bacon (best with bacon, but....)

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Post by everso » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:58 am

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!

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Post by DianaHaddad » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:03 am

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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.
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Post by rosstralia » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:22 am

They are probably the most awful vegetable on the planet.
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Post by jessica_fletcher » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:16 pm

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.
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Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:19 pm

So far the best way to make sprouts seems to be to add lots of other tasty shit to it.

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Post by Usher73 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:04 pm

It's like okra, add lots of other tasty shit to it. Then throw out the okra.

Throw out the brussels sprouts. Buy broccoli.

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Post by yehyeh » Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:26 am

I make brussel sprouts au gratin. Lots of recipes online. I use a less cheesy recipe with bacon.

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Post by lolasf » Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:29 pm

It's sad, all these beautiful recommendations and I didn't make any of them. By the time I got to the market that weekend the sprouts were really picked over and didn't look very good, so I didn't end up buying them.

Oh well, next time!
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Post by mad hatter » Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:23 pm

half
put in pot pour boiling water over, put on lud leave for 5 or 10 til parcooked but still crunchy. drain and covef in cold water. drain.
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Post by northern_goddess » Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:28 pm

Steamed and then finished with butter, s&p and lemon. A few red pepper flakes wouldn't hurt either.
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