Friday, February 8, 2013

A New Vegetable

I grew up eating and loving a wide variety of vegetables, but brussel sprouts were not among them!  I always heard of them as one of the vegetables that no one likes (but broccoli and spinach also have negative stigmas, and they're some of my favorites!).  I didn't even know what a brussel sprout looked like.  Here in the east, people eat brussel sprouts a lot.  After seeing them too many times in the supermarket, I decided to give them a try.
I attacked them how I would any unknown green vegetable.  The response was unanimously favorable.  We gobbled them up in a minute, and were sad they were gone.  Abraham even wanted to plant a "brussel sprout tree" in our back yard.  I told him I'd look into it.  In the mean time, why don't you give these little sweethearts a try?

Delish Brussel Sprouts

Simply chop finely, and saute in generous amounts of:

Butter and/or Olive Oil
Coarse Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper

Saute until bright green, tender and delicious!  If you're extra hesitant, add some parmesan cheese at the end.



  1. I love brussel sprouts! For some reason I have a hard time finding them in our local stores, but when I do I snatch them up. I love them steamed, with a bit of lemon and pepper. And of course butter at the end!

    They are the sweetest little green things... I have often wondered at the stigma. It seems like it would be much more likely applied to asparagus (which I also love).

    I should try sauteing them sometime.

  2. The first time I met my friend Brussel was in Florida. They invite him to dinner often down there. I thoroughly enjoy him, however he happens to dress.

  3. I never ate brussel sprouts growing up either. But I love drizzling them with olive oil and salt & pepper and roasting them in the oven. I'll have to try sauteing them too!

  4. Choux de Bruxelles, légume magnifique!

    Thanks for this good reminder, Ariel. It's been a while since we had Brussels sprouts at our place, though they're usually piled high for sale at Trader Joe's. Your preparation sounds délicieux! Merci bien.

  5. When Uncle Doug married Aunt Elizabeth, her friend told this story at a bridal shower. She had gone out with Doug a time or two and one evening at dinner, he ordered brussel sprouts. She teased him about that and according to her story, he replied sincerely, "Michelle, brussels sprouts are one of the finer foods".

    My mother made them for us regularly -- sorry girls, I failed to keep that tradition alive. I will begin anew, as I have again incorporated liver and spinach into our meals, as my mother and father so wisely did.

    Thanks Ariel, you are a master of using many of the finer foods in this world.

  6. This is one of our favorite veggies made just as you described (including a bit of parmigiano).