Let's talk about brussels sprouts. YES....it is actually spelled brussels sprouts. HAHAH! I'm dying. Never in my life did I think that was how it was pronounced.
I feel like you either love em' or you hate em'. This holiday, I think you should give them another try. You tried them when you were a kid, you say? Give them one more chance. You just might be a little more mature now than you were back then. :-)
It was about a year ago that I was on one of my "alone time" shopping trips. My go to places are...of course, Target...but let's not forget good ole' Trader Joe's. I don't shop there for my normal every day groceries. When the holidays come, I love to head over to Trader Joe's and see what fun and unique things I can add into our holiday celebration. Anyway...on this particular trip I saw the fresh brussels sprouts still on the stem. I LOVED the way they looked and wondered if they could make a fun side dish. So I bought them to go along with our prime rib Christmas Eve dinner. Not only was I trying Prime Rib for the very first time. I had never made brussels sprouts before. Why not just try everything brand new on what is probably the most important dinner of the year?!? (I was nervous.) I brought them home and our boys were super impressed. They had no idea what they were, but they thought they were pretty special.
To make a long story short, the prime rib and the brussels spouts turned out amazing.
Here's how I made them.
P.S - It's not rocket science.
Start by setting your oven to 400 degrees.
Step 1: Trim off each sprout off the stem. (Is that what you call them?? a sprout? a brussel?)
Step 2: Wash em off and then dry them really well.
Step 3: Cut off the end just like you are cutting of the end of a teeny tiny head of lettuce. They will separate if you cut too much off, so try to get just the hard end.
Step 4: Spread the sprouts out on a large baking sheet.
Step 5: Grab a head of garlic and get a least 5 cloves peeled. I crush them with the back of knife. Then mix them in on the pan.
Step 6: Drizzle a heavy amount of olive oil over it all.
Step 6: Sprinkle Grillin Magic! Start with just a bit. As you taste throughout the cooking process, you can decide if you need to add more. But, you can't add less. :-)
Step 7: Throw them in the oven for about 30-40 minutes. You'll want to mix the pan around for even browning during the process. The browning is what makes them taste so great!
Step 8: Taste em...add more GM if necessary.
Step 9: Add some fresh parmesean cheese over the top and mix.
Step 10: Put them under the broiler for just a couple minutes if they need to be crisped up a bit. (I always like them to have the extra crunch).
Serve your brussels sprouts in a great big bowl. Some like a little squeeze of lemon over the top to brighten them up. I'll leave that up to you! Bacon can fit in here well too. yum!
Give it a try. If they turn out great post a pic on our facebook page so we can see!
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