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Brussels Sprouts That Will Blow Your Mind

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Brussels Sprouts Recipe

I used to hate brussels sprouts. In fact, I once went to bed without any dinner because I tried to hide them in my water glass, and then I tried to feed them to the dog—who wouldn’t eat them either. Well obviously, my mother just didn’t know how to cook them right. Because now it’s the number one dish my NIECES AND NEPHEWS request. These are kids! (Well, in their 20’s).

I found this recipe in a “cookbook” that an old friend recommended. The book is Simple Cooking by John Thorne, and it’s the kind of cookbook that you read like a novel. When I read about this brussels sprouts dish he made, I suddenly HAD to try it. It’s since become a family favorite, and a yummiful way to get all the good stuff that brussels sprouts have in them.

The recipe is a little labor intensive, but not in a complicated way. I’m going to give very liberal measurements here, because there really isn’t a total right or wrong.

Brussels Sprouts That Anyone Will Eat

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 cups of brussels sprouts
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ½ to 1 cup of whole wheat bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Romano cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Clean the brussels sprouts well and put them in boiling water for about 5 minutes to blanch them.

2. Rinse and set aside.

3. In a large cast iron or sauté pan, melt half of the butter and half of the olive oil.

4. Add the chopped garlic.

5. Cut each of the Brussels sprouts in half. THIS STEP IS ESSENTIAL! Add them to the pan.

6. When the sprouts are browned and crispy, add the bread crumbs and the rest of the butter and olive oil.

7. At the last minute, add the cheese so it melts and browns as well.

8. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve!

Enjoy! They are really, really good. The dish goes really well with ham for the holidays!

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6 Responses to Brussels Sprouts That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. James Early December 24, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    This sounds great. We have been just roasting them, quartered, with olive oil in the oven (and a little salt and pepper). They are really good this way. My 16 year old son won’t eat them but my daughters, 13 & 19 love them. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Maybe my son will give it a try.
    To all who celebrate that babe in the manger birth, Merry Christmas!!

  2. tracy herz December 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    I think I’ve been looking for this post all of my life.

  3. Holly Knight December 29, 2010 at 4:02 am #

    Bacon! My daughter (can you believe it?!) wanted to try Brussels sprouts and I found a recipe that incorporated olive oil, salt, pepper, and bacon. Cut the sprouts in half. Roast ’em in the oven. They were delicious! Got the ingredients for a second batch today!

  4. Cynthia James December 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    Yum! Sounds good. I never had brussel sprouts until I was an adult and I love them this way:
    Wash them, cut off bottom and separate the leaves. Rinse them again.
    Then saute leaves with garlic in butter or olive oil (or both) and season with a little salt and pepper. Simple and so delicious!

  5. Deborah Wilson March 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    I love all these recipes, and I’m so glad everyone is using real butter.I’m going to try alot of these

  6. medcare651@gmail.com March 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    I’m of the opinion that organic, or perhaps more importantly non GMO butter is the best when eating non processed foods.
    We have been sold on soy, corn, canola as the oil of choice. I think we know the cause of obesity in America and we have been duped by the big agrochemical companies and the government. When the government takes over healthcare then they will able to deny care for obesity related diseases which they are responsible for.
    Hey, I’m only ten years late to get this issue, but it has finally taken front stage.
    Glad to be on board.

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