Brussel sprouts resemble mini cabbages. They tend to be a bit bland in taste and as a result, they are not popular with many individuals. And perhaps, it’s because they haven’t taken the time to add extra flavors and spices. Moreover, many cooks have a tendency to overcook these vegetables; thus, causing them to lose their natural green color and making them soggy and unattractive in appearance. There are creative ways to prepare and cook these vegetables without making them lose their crispness. In addition, you can reap flavored and mouthwatering taste. Some ways to cook brussel sprouts are:
*Steam in basket
Brussel sprouts can be steamed in a basket over a pot of water. The trick is not to allow them to boil directly in water. In order to add additional flavors, you can toss them in butter and garlic. Also, drizzle a little fresh lemon juice for a refreshing and robust taste. Make sure to add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle a few dried cranberries for a sweet contrasting taste.
*Add crispy bacon
Some crispy bacon is a great way to add a salty burst of flavor to brussel sprouts. Render a few slices of bacon in a skillet and drain. When cool, set them aside and mince them in small bits. Blanch brussel sprouts in a little chicken broth for a few minutes. The chicken broth will help to enhance the flavors. Drain sprouts on paper towel and cut them in halves. Saute onion in a little olive oil; then, add brussel sprouts and toss. Make sure to season along. Remove from heat and then add crispy bacon.
The roasting will achieve a rustic and robust taste. Cut brussel sprouts in halves. Sprinkle generously with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and add a few cloves of garlic. Roast in oven until they become crispy on the outside; yet, tender on the inside. Serve as a side dish.
*Add to Pot Roast
Brussel sprouts can take on a very rich and mouthwatering taste by adding them to a hearty and succulent pot roast. Make sure to add the brussel sprouts a few minutes before roast is completely cooked. Cut the sprouts in halves in order that they can soak up the aromatic rich gravy from the roast.
Pan roast some slivered almonds in a hot skillet. The roasting will bring out the natural oils from the nuts. Set these aside. Make a delicious stir-fry by utilizing an assortment of vegetables, like zucchini, onions beans, etc. Cut brussel sprouts in small pieces in order to match the other veggies in sizes. Stir-fry veggies in a few teaspoons of olive oil. Drizzle a little teriyaki sauce for added flavors. If you have left over baked chicken, add to stir-fry as well. Toss in the roasted almonds at the end. Serve over a bed of steamed rice or pasta.
Whichever way you decide to cook and prepare brussel sprouts, no doubt, you and your family will enjoy great and delicious taste. They will certainly return for seconds.