Brussels sprouts on the stalk!

November 12, 2009

I had forgotten they grew this way until I ran across this impressive stalk of stately green goodness for the bargain price of $2.99 at Trader Joe’s!

Brussels Sprouts

There are so many ways to prepare brussels sprouts, but one of my favorites is also one of the easiest, and a great “starter” recipe for those folks who aren’t so convinced they will enjoy this particular vegetable adventure. (My dear F was certain I would be eating them all myself, but after he tried one, we ended up fighting over who would get the last few!)

After removing the little guys from the stalk (I just snapped them right off), just rinse, slice a bit off the bottom of each and remove a tough outside leaf or two. Then add several cloves of garlic (peeled or not, your choice), toss the whole mess with some olive oil, kosher salt, and black pepper and roast uncovered in a 425-degree oven for about 45 minutes until cooked. While these are in the oven, you can petition the powers that be that at least half the sprouts end up well-charred – the blackened leaves are hands-down THE tastiest part!

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