Brussels sprouts seem to be a vegetable that people either love or loathe. The Brussels sprout contains chemicals that make the cooked vegetable taste bitter despite the cooking method. So people whose palates are sensitive to bitter tastes will tend to find Brussels sprouts unpleasant.
When cooking Brussels sprouts make every effort to make sure they are not over cooked, as a soggy watery sprout is unpleasant indeed.
How to Prepare Brussels Sprouts
Cut off the base of the sprout, and remove any discolored outer leaves. It is best to cook the Brussels sprouts when they have been halved to make it easier to cook the inside without overcooking the outside of the sprout. Alternatively, you can cut a cross shape into the bottom of the sprout.
400g of Brussels Sprouts will feed 6 people.
Boiling Brussels Sprouts
Tip into a large quantity of boiling salted water, and boil for about 2-5 minutes, or until the center of the sprout is just soft.
How to microwave Brussels Sprouts
Place 400g Brussels sprouts in a microwaveable bowl. Place ¼” of water in the bottom of the dish add the sprouts, cover the dish with a well fitting lid then cook on high for about 5 minutes. If not done keep cooking at 1 minute intervals until done.
How to Steam Brussels Sprouts
Place the sprouts into a steaming basket above boiling water. Cook for about 5 minutes, check for tenderness if not done continue cooking, but check every minute.
How to Saute Brussels Sprouts
Shred the Brussels sprouts finely either with a knife or the shredding blade of a food processor. Melt butter in a pan add the sprouts and cook gently for about 3 – 4 minutes or until the sprouts are tender but still retain some crispiness. Season with salt and pepper.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
This is a great way to deal with Brussels sprouts, I first came across this method when I watched an episode of Ina Gartens Barefoot Contessa. This method is now my favorite.
Place 400g halved Brussels sprouts into a roasting tray. Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of Madras curry powder. Mix well and place in an oven heated to 200C. Cook until the sprouts are cooked through and well colored.
How to Stir Fry Brussels Sprouts
Add 400g shredded sprouts to a couple of tablespoons of hot olive oil, which has 1 chopped chili, 1 tablespoon ginger paste and 2 chopped garlic cloves heated in the oil.
Heat together in a wok over a high heat for a couple of minutes, keep the sprouts moving. Add a couple of tablespoons of chicken stock, cover with a lid so the sprouts steam until cooked.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Use shredded sprouts for this recipe.
Chop 6 slices of streaky bacon into ½” pieces, fry until lightly cooked.
Add 50g butter to the frying pan with the bacon fat cook until the butter is foaming add the Brussels sprouts. Stir well to cover the sprout shreds with the butter. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cover the frying pan with a lid.
Cook for about 5 minutes, then stir in the bacon and season to taste.
I enjoy eating this Keto Brussels sprouts recipe with cold beef slices.