I always hated Brussels Sprouts. Who doesn't or didn't.? They are often the first thing that comes to mind when people think of yucky things to eat.
Recently, I've found a way of cooking them so that not only will my kids eat them, but Brussels Sprouts have become one of their favorite vegetables. This cooking method also works great for broccoli, which is now their second favorite. Don't believe me, try it.
Start by washing the sprouts and them cutting them in half long ways.
Then take about an inch of butter and melt it in a frying pan over medium heat.
After it melts, spread it around the pan until it starts to bubble slightly. Let it bubble for around 2 minutes until it just turns slightly brown. (Browned Butter)
Then add your Brussels Sprouts (or Broccoli) sliced side down. Work in just one layer at at time, each sliced flat side needs to be in contact with the pan.
Let them cook that way for around 3 minutes or until the bottoms begin to get a slightly charred brown edge.
Flip them over or just toss for another 4 minutes until thoroughly cooked.
Add salt and pepper and serve hot.
Really, my kids love these and especially when I do it with broccoli. It takes on a corn flavor that's slightly sweet. Try it and let me know what you think.
Rob Barrett, Jr.