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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I Actually Ate Them!

I've been a brussel hater for...well...ever. I can't remember the last time I ate one and wanted another bite. They're just a little too bitter for my buds! So when a whole bag arrive with my last Bountiful Basket (*see below for details) I wasn't very excited.

After a week of sitting in my fridge I decided to give the lonely brussels one more chance before declaring a permanent disdain for them. BUT something drastic had to be done during preparation because the ole' steaming just wasn't cutting it. I did a little sprout searching on the web and found a few ideas, then created my own using what I already had in my pantry.

My Ingredients...
About 5 medium brussel sprouts - halved
2 swigs olive oil
handful of pine nuts
handful of Parmesan cheese

Add one swig of the olive oil to a fry pan and turn up to medium heat. Throw in the sprouts and pine nuts then add the other swig of oil. Stir to coat, sprinke with salt, and then let them cook until they start to caramelize. I like them to get nice and toasted on the flat side. After 8-10 minutes test one by taking a bite or piercing with a fork. When tender slide them onto a serving dish and dust with the Parmesan cheese. There ya go! I actually ENJOYED eating them. In fact, I enjoyed them so much I made another batch for my hubby later for dinner but with a different twist.
Here's what I did for him...

Same ingredients except I substituted sliced almonds for the pine nuts and I added bacon. Not quite as healthy but he ATE THEM! A little bacon and cheese usually gets him to eat anything. :)

If you have a great way to cook up your sprouts I wanna hear it!

*Explanation - Bountiful Baskets is a food co-op I use to order my fruits and veggies. For $15.00 I get a huge laundry basket full of healthy grub. It's great because it forces me to eat better since I'm a sucker for carb's. If you'd like to find out more info you can check out their website.


Lisa said...

I'm a fan of brussel sprouts and this recipe sounds great! the pine nuts would add a nice crunch!

Love the bountiful baskets idea. So cheap, too!

Erika said...

That's impressive! I don't eat anything green except pickles and olives...and occasionally ICEBERG lettuce :)

Pretend this is real said...

That looks surprisingly delicious. I might have to try that!

Jenn said...

OK-I LOVE every vegetable. Like I eat TONS and TONS of vegetables but I have always hated brussel sprouts. You are inspiring me to give them one more shot! They look really good!

Glenn Jones said...

Another great way to cook 'em is to cut them in half, put them in a ziplock with a little olive oil and basalmic vinegar, make sure they are coated well, spread on a cookie sheet and roast them. Delish!

Connie said...

I'm really slow to read this...
I LOVE brussel sprouts! Weird but true. And now I just found two more ways to love them. :)