Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I Used to Hate Brussels Sprouts

I really used to hate Brussels Sprouts till I found out how good they taste roasted.

Here's my favorite recipe for roasted sprouts.


  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, rinsed, ends trimmed, rough outer leaves of larger sprouts removed
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Place brussels sprouts in a cast iron frying pan (or a roasting pan, but a cast iron frying pan will work great for this recipe). Toss in the garlic. Sprinkle Brussels sprouts with lemon juice. Toss with oil so that the sprouts are well coated. Sprinkle generously with salt (at least a half teaspoon) and a few turns of black pepper grinder.
2 Put brussels sprouts in oven on top rack, cook for 20 minutes, then stir so that the sprouts get coated with the oil in the pan. Cook for another 10 minutes. Then sprinkle with Parmesan (if using) and cook for another 5 minutes.
Adjust the timing depending on the size of the sprouts and your particular oven. The sprouts should be nicely browned, some of the outside leaves crunchy, the interior should be cooked through. So if the sprouts look like they are getting too browned (they should be well browned, not burnt), move them to a lower rack or lower the heat.
Add more salt to taste. (Salting sufficiently is the key to success with this recipe.)


Cartoon Characters said...

Ok, that does sound good!!! I will have to try it! I have tried something similar that uses chicken broth, but this is much simpler...and I am all for simple!

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Sounds great except for that part about the brussel sprouts !~! never have been able to develop a liking for the little cabbage-wanna-bes. However, they are cool as hell on that big old Branch they sell at Berkeley Bowl in the Organic Produce section. First time I saw one of those ( a decade ago with Lucia in the baby seat of the cart!) I had no idea that it was real. I mean I knew it but I had never seen anything like it before. But their flavor is problematic !~!

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Phiddy said...

When roasted, BS don't taste like they do when boiled to death like our mother's used to do. Roasting brings out the sweetness in the sprouts. And, they are so delightful. I swear it Lynda! Try them please for me just once roasted.

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