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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Roasted Brussels Sprouts - The Good The Bad and the Ugly



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...The Silver Fox loves brussels sprouts, so I'm always searching for new ways to prepare them. I found several untried recipes this past weekend and had to decide which I'd actually use. The first recipe, probably the best of the bunch, was discarded out of hand because one of its instructions called for coring three pounds of sprouts. I immediately formed a mental image that set me laughing so hard I almost cried. I could see myself visibly aging and developing a dowager's hump as I went after all those tiny cores. The other two recipes were much easier to do and I decided to try them both. Both were delicious, but they highlighted a problem that I've encountered before with members of the Brassica family. They do not photograph well, especially after they've been cooked. The recipe featured here tonight made the cut because it was the least ugly of the two. If you like brussels sprouts you'll find these to be pleasant. If you don't like them, nothing in this recipe will help change your mind. Roasted sprouts are simple to make and the caramelization that occurs as they roast gives them a decided flavor boost that I think you will enjoy. Here's the recipe.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts ...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

1-1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2) On 1 large rimmed baking sheets, toss brussels sprouts with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and spread in an even layer. Roast in oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until brussels sprouts are tender and browned in spots; turn pan, back to front, and stir brussels sprouts halfway through roasting. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, toss and bake for 1 more minute, or until the cheese is melted. Transfer brussels sprouts to a bowl and serve. Yield: 6 servings.

Cook's Note: Recipe can be doubled. The brussels sprouts can be baked up to 2 hours ahead; rewarm them before serving.

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67 comments :

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love brussel sprouts but de-coring them........ :(((((
Roasting sound interesting, must try that. Diane

My Little Space said...

I love brussel sprouts too! But it's hard to get them at our local wet market here because the price has been running over the head for these past 2 years. Our local famous brussel sprouts dish is stir fried with XO sauce & Japanese dried shrimp. I am loving yours too. Hope you're having a wonderful day.
Cheers, Kristy
p/s hope you get try more delicious food soon! & don't forget to do your work out! :o)

Red Nomad OZ said...

Oh, I LOATHE Brussels Sprouts! I must have an un-developed palate, or perhaps a learned aversion response to members of the brassica family!

BUT ... if I was going to try them (and I'd be eating alone if I did!), this recipe actually looks pretty good!

Have a FAAAABULOUS day!

Priya said...

Just love this roasted brussels sprouts, delicious..

Martha said...

We love Brussels sprouts and love them roasted. I also do them as a saute and finish with balsamic vinegar. I've had non sprouts eating guests come back for seconds!

And yes, I find that some things don't translate well to a photograph -- it's a pity because they're so lovely in person!

SUNFLOWERS8 said...

I love brussel sprouts too!
In my blog I have a version with chestnuts and onions borettane, if you want to see is here:
http://sunflowers8.blogspot.com/2009/11/un-menu-da-invito.html
Have a good day ;)
SOnia

EliFla said...

Hi Mary....you used a Sergio Leone's moovie title....my hubby is a Srgio Leone moovies addicted...and even a Brussels Sprouts oone!!! Hugs and blessing, ciao Flavia

Karen said...

I love simple recipes like this one where the ingredients are really allowed to shine. Perfect and delicious! :-)

Angie's Recipes said...

This is a type hate-it-or-love-it veggie. And I happen to enjoy them a lot. :-)) Thanks, Mary, for sharing it.

Walnuts and Honey said...

Sounds interesting, Im not a big fan of sprouts, but thier iron and manganese content is pretty desirable, and deffinitely better than taking the supplement tablets lol. Gonna give this a whirl! Really nice blog and im loving the pictures. Will be coming back. Feel free to stop by mine for some ideas, although yours trumps mine x10 haha! Keep up the good work :D

Keeley said...

I love brussels sprouts, but I normally braise them (or saute them). This looks really delicious!

Carol at Serendipity said...

I love Brussels sprouts. I pull them apart and saute them with olive oil and garlic. I will try the processor next time.

Carol

Linda Starr said...

I love brussel sprouts, never would think they needed de-coring. Gary hates them however, so I usually just steam them and eat them plain, quick and easy. I marvel at how they grow on the stem, so unique.

From the Kitchen said...

Mary, you just need a brussels sprout corer! I'm sure there's one out there somewhere!! As for me, I'm glad to have another recipe for the delicious little morsels--core and all.

Best,
Bonnie

ARLENE said...

I have become addicted to brussels sprouts, if you can imagine that. I got a dry bunch this week, but always roast mine. Sometimes I take them after they're roasted and add a sauce or other ingredients, but love them plain roasted with salt, pepper, and olive oil. I particularly love the little "chips" I get when leaves fall off and almost burn. I love the addition of cheese in yours.

Big Dude said...

I'm a big fan of BS, but not a big fan of roasted veggies, but I may have to give these a try. You've probably had them like this, but our favorite is steam until just tender, then saute in butter, lemon juice, and garlic for a few minutes with lots of tossing to get them well coated. I thought you photo looked good - made me want some BS and "Hey Dude" works fine.

Julie said...

We love brussels sprouts at our house. You're so right they're not pretty but oh so good. These look delicious. I love trying new brussels sprouts recipes. There's so many different things that go well with them.

Only Prettier said...

Trying these tonight! Thank you

Eat. Laugh. Run. said...

I used to hate brussel sprouts growing up but now I love them- trader Joe's always has really good frozen packets!

Jay said...

looks very delicious n yummy..
Tasty appetite

bellini valli said...

My daughter reintroduced me to brusels last year. Roasting would only add to the flavour.

Helene said...

I like Brussels Sprouts but never cook them at home. I should start doing it with this recipe.

Blog is the New Black said...

Call me crazy, but I LOVE brussels sprouts...

Trix said...

Great minds think alike! I just did a version with lardons. And no, I didn't de-core them! As if. This looks great too - honestly, I adore Brussels sprouts and could probably eat them every day.

yunitarahmasari aka tatabonita said...

Oh, Mary... You're definitely the queen of foodie blogger :D. Seems like you update your blog everyday with your yummy recipes ^^

xinex said...

Thanks for another great and simple recipe, Mary. I just cooked brussel sprouts yesterday. I fried onions, added brussel sprouts and cooked them with chicken broth and then added chestnuts and tofu. They turned out very well....Christine

lena said...

hi, thanks on the info on mace. Can i use ground nutmeg instead or better to leave that out? i've just posted on the apple lady's apple cake and made a link back. Thanks for shring so many wonderful recipes here.

kitchen flavours said...

Ugly or not, I think they look delicious! I love brussels sprouts too. Never had them cooked this way before. Will have to try this someday. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day!

PeggyR said...

The look delicious! I'll be trying that recipe!

Kath said...

I adore brussels sprouts and your simple roasted version looks terrific to me. (I would never have cored 3 pounds of brussels sprouts, either! Good choice! :D )

Pondside said...

My daughter and I are the ones in the house that enjoy Brussels Sprouts, so they are generally only served at Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. I haven't roasted them - but I like the sound of this recipe. We grew our own sprouts last summer/fall and picked the last of them at Christmas.

StephenC said...

We've been roasting veggies frequently of late. Thanks for a reminder that brussells sprouts are an option.

Umm Mymoonah said...

I got a bag of brussel sprouts and was thinking what to do. Now I got it :)

Ginny said...

Would you believe I've never tried brussels sprouts? But I like cooked cabbage, so I may like it. I have just kind of been waiting for a recipe that looked good and would be reliable. And I think I've found it. And if it has parmesan on it, I will eat it! Hubby thinks they are stronger than cabbage and says that after two or three, they are not as good. I just printed this and look forward to trying it!

Katerina said...

Simple and elegant. Perfect as a side dish.

Faith said...

Roasting brussels sprouts is my favorite way to prepare them. Yours look perfect topped with Parmesan! Hope you're having a wonderful day, Mary!

Lindsay said...

I love brussel sprouts and I just started roasting them too. Delicious, but the addition of parmesan sounds amazing!

Carol said...

I love brussels sprouts, yours look amazing!

highplainsdrifters said...

One of my favorites. But can't get my wife the farmer's daughter to eat them.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

I for one am a fan and think the picture is gorgeous. I laughed at you envisioning yourself aging. On one of Jamie Oliver's Christmas episodes, he talked about how his culinary school teacher had said to cut little x's into each sprout - and while it was a lovely idea - it would drive you made to actually do it. Ha ha ha! Both of you are right - not worth it. Thanks for sharing another gem:)

Joanne said...

I am a huge brussels sprout lover but coring 3 pounds? No way. You made the right decision.

I love the simplicity of this recipe! Sounds delicious.

Monet said...

I actually think they look quite delicious. But I'm VERY partial to Brussels Sprouts. I love those little green guys. But I don't love them enough to core them. No way! I think you made the right choice with the other recipes. Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a happy day. Stay warm and keep on enjoying all that is beautiful and tasty!

aipi said...

I try to incorporate sprouts in different dishes I make..glad to find another cool new way!

US Masala

Pam said...

It sounds great and I will have to give it a try. Have a good day!

Jennifurla said...

I am on a brussels kick. This is right up my alley of course.

Rita said...

My husband always says he doesn't like brussel sprouts. Maybe t his recipe will change his mind.anything roasted seems to taste sweeter.

The Blonde Duck said...

Did your hubby get any hippos for Christmas? :)

Juliana said...

Unfortunately mu husband does not like brussels sprouts therefore do not cook often...the roasted version looks fabulous :-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I like brussel sprouts and I know what you mean about them looking unattractive after they are cooked. A dusting of cheese, like you did in this photo, makes them look very nice!

RSA Online said...

I love Brussels sprouts and make some amazing sprouts dishes - yup, blowing my own horn a little :) - but can never get my husband to try them because well ... they LOOK terrible!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I'm with the Silver Fox - love Brussels sprouts! Parmesan cheese on top sounds perfect!

Tasha said...

We LOVE brussel sprouts, especially roasted, however I've never thought of topping them with parmesan. It sounds like a perfect finish!

teresa said...

mmm, i do love sprout! this looks wonderful, the parmesan is a great idea.

Design Wine and Dine said...

I think yours look perfect!

I've had my fill of the sprout for the week ...but they are certainly a new favorite!

JodieMo said...

We just tried brussel sprouts for the first time last month. To our amazement they were not the horrible vegetables we thought they were going to be! This is a great recipe and I will certainly give it a try! Thanks!

Kim said...

Brussel sprouts are often kids nightmare... In fact it was for... One day, my mom putted a little cheese on the top of these and I liked it... It was kind of magical:) Now that I'm a grown up, I like these a lot and often eat these in winter.

The Path Traveled said...

My husband loves brussel sprouts. I will have to make this for him. Thanks for coming by Just Thoughts on a Blog and for your comments. I hope you will come back and follow me. Have a blessed evening!

Kim said...

Mary - You would never find me coring 3 pounds of sprouts either. I think this recipe with the Parmesan cheese sounds fantastic. I love sprouts and enjoy them in any manner.

Midwest Elle said...

I hadn't had brussel sprouts until Christmas dinner. Everywhere I looked when shopping for a ham, people had a package of brussel sprouts in their cart. So I figured they must be pretty good. They are DELICIOUS!! I have only since made that that one time and followed a recipe with onions and bacon, yumm!! Must try a few of the recipes you posted.

Debbie said...

I love Brussell sprouts...steamed, roasted, ...I'm good. I just don't like them overcooked!

Debbie said...

Apparently Google Friend is experiencing problems:( I will keep trying:)

sweetpeaskitchen.com said...

We must think alike! I just posted my recipe for roasted brussel sprouts. I am not a big fan of them any other way! Yummy! :)

scrambledhenfruit said...

I'm in the sprout loving category, so these sound great to me. And they look good too! :)

Anna A. said...

Love, love, love brussel sprouts! There is nothing bad and ugly about them :)

claire said...

I love brussels sprouts! I shunned them growing up, but have recently developed a love!

Your photos are amazing- Is there anything special you do?

MegSmith said...

I really love brussels sprouts and these look fantastic!

Susan said...

I will have to try these. I never make brussel sprouts.. but husband also loves them. You have inpsired me to give them a try!

Susan www.ugogrrl.com

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