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Old 02-13-2011, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default This week I will try brussel sprouts!

Last week I had my first sweet potato, I have a feeling that baked in the microwave didn't do it any justice, but I'm glad I know I like them now!

This week the challenge is brussel sprouts, of the frozen variety. What the heck do I do with them? I'm going to google it, but I would love your advice as well.
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:02 PM   #2
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Eh, too bad they're frozen...they're really an item that should be purchased fresh, especially for your First Time.
I slice my Brussels sprouts in half, then place, sliced-side down, in a hot skillet of olive oil and minced garlic. Cover with a lid and allow to wilt and slowly tenderize for ~20 minutes (heat should be about medium, so as to not scorch the garlic and allow some caramelization). A simple dish that brings out the nuttiness of the vegetable.
I wonder if you could defrost the frozen sprouts and proceed with my preparation...? My colleague creates a "hash" with Brussels sprouts using essentially the same few ingredients as I, so I bet even if your defrosted sprouts are soft/soggy, you can sort of do the same thing. Folks also toss sliced or chopped sprouts with oil, garlic and so forth and throw in the oven to bake and caramelize.
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:06 PM   #3
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Brussel sprouts are kind of my favorite thing right now. I even got my 8yo to love them. Good on you for trying new things.

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Old 02-13-2011, 04:20 PM   #4
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brussell sprouts are like my favorite veggie... i have never had them fresh..

i like to just boil them, sometimes i add some spray butter on them, sometimes i eat them plain.

another way i like them is bake them in the oven with some other veggies, and a pkg of onion soup mix..yums..

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Old 02-13-2011, 04:38 PM   #5
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I really enjoy them shredded fine and either tossed into a coleslaw type cold dish or sauteed with onion and garlic. I find the shredding really cuts the stronger flavour down and makes them quite enjoyable.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:58 PM   #6
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I use frozen ones for the following recipe and they are so good I could eat them as my meal instead of a side dish.

I cook them in the microwave following the bag directions, then I put them in a bowl and toss them with a small amount of extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

I preheat the oven to 350 degrees while they are cooking in the microwave.

When the oven is preheated I put the brussel spouts in an oven proof pan and crush up some pecans to sprinkle over them. I then roast them for 20 minutes.

When they come out of the oven I put a tiny bit of low-fat gorgonzola cheese on top and serve!

(I have also tried it with low-fat bleu cheese and low-fat feta as well, but gorgonzola is my favorite with the pecans.)
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:47 PM   #7
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I like them just microwaved til they're hot.

They're awesome thawed, sliced in half, tossed in olive oil & garlic and roasted at 425 degress (stir every 5 minutes) for 10-15 minutes, until they start to turn brown around the edges.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:43 PM   #8
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I also roast them, but I toss them in an olive oil & balsamic vinegar mixture. That stuff pretty much blackens your pan, so cover the cookie sheet or roasting pan with tinfoil to make cleanup easier.
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Ditto what WebRover and Saef said - especially the using foil part!

I've never done this with frozen, only fresh, but others have said roasting works fine with frozen.

I was forced to eat brussel sprouts once as a child, and convinced myself they were disgusting. They are now one of my favorite veggies.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:00 PM   #10
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Fantastic! THANK YOU everyone who chimed in, sounds like these little characters will fit right in to my veggie MO.

I AM going to try roasting first I think.

I have no choice about the frozen untill I get to the city. Pecans and gorgonzola? WOW, sounds fab. That will have to wait for the city too!
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I guess that I'm boring- I love them steamed...
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I looove brussels sprouts.

I usually cut them in half, toss them in a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning, and then I roast them until they're browned and soft. Mmmmmm.

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Old 02-14-2011, 01:33 PM   #13
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I love them too.

I spray my largest skillet with olive oil pam. I have them cut in 1/2 and tossed in pepper and garlic powder. I sautee onion slivers in the pan and then put in the sprouts cut side down in the pan. I cook them till they brown nicely... You'd never know it was healthy!
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