The Literate Chef

Eat Your Brussel Sprouts! Mother Commanded

In General Articles on October 25, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Let’s face it, Brussel sprouts are good for you, but getting past the gag-inducing, cabbage smell is tough going. As with all cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and kale, Brussel sprouts are known to contain significant health benefits. But to obtain those benefits you have to eat them, as well as cook them properly beforehand.

My mother, being very health conscious, periodically tried to get us to eat Brussel sprouts. She would boil them and serve them with butter (ugh!), or boil them and serve them with onions and smothered in Del Monte tomato sauce (nice try, but it didn’t work!). Either way, the gag effect took hold for me as soon as she started boiling them. As a result, I could never get past the first taste. Poor Mom, she had good intentions, but didn’t know that boiling Brussel sprouts is probably the best way to destroy their nutritional value.

After reading several articles, skimming through various cookbooks, trying several techniques and listening to my daughter extol the virtues of roasted vegetables, I decided to try roasting Brussel sprouts with hazelnuts. The result proved to be delicious and, based on my readings, healthful. Please try Brussel Sprouts Roasted with Hazelnuts to see for yourself.

  1. I may be the only guy I know who will eat the cute little things raw. They have a sweetness that seems to disappear with cooking. Not that i don’t like them cooked. I do. MATTER OF FACT WE HAD THEM LAST NIGHT! The boss halved them, put them in the skillet with some oglio, a little salt and pepper and did them to a turn. the she squeezed a little lime of them. What a surprise. That accompanied butternut squash, baked potato and grilled boneless leg of lamb.

    Now i know another way to do them. Thanks…and thanks for the story, too. Meals and tails, a great combo.

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