**to the tune of that catchy Ke$ha song** But really… I did. I have to admit have fear the sprout for sometime now. all I knew is that it looked like a miniature version of collards, which (shocking southerner confession) I absolutely hate. I hate the smell, the appearance, the texture, the taste. EVERYTHING about collards. So when I saw everyone and their grandma posting all these pictures of Brussels sprouts and my friend Katy telling me she was obsessed with them I figured it was worth it to give them a shot, so we did! And we always go big or go home, so for our first soirée into sprout city, we cooked a whopping 2lbs of Brussels sprouts in the oven and prayed the whole time that we would at least SOMEWHAT be able to consume the final product. I am not normally nervous about the end result of our meals, because I know if I pick things that look delicious and follow the recipe I am bound to get something remotely close to the desirable end result. But… this one just had me nervous. Luckily I liked them and David was OBSESSED. He said that he would eat them like potato chips. haha I thought that was a bit extreme but I am glad we had a favorable end result. So, if you are looking for a good way to get into Brussels sprouts, I recommend trying this, it has a balsamic glaze and its cooked with olive oil and garlic, so there are a few other flavors working to your advantage to make it delicious.
- 1 1/2 pounds Brussel Sprouts
- 2 T. Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt
- 1/2 cup good Balsamic Vinegar
1. Heat oven to 400. Slice brussel sprouts in half through the core. Toss with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper.
2. Place on cookie sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
3. To make balsamic reduction: put 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan and heat over medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer until reduced to 1/4 cup. About 15 minutes.Then, place brussel sprouts in a serving bowl and toss with balsamic reduction.
Super quick and easy, and we served ours with a pan seared porkchop that was topped with David’s homemade BBQ sauce. It was quite tasty and when combined with a salad…. we figured we had a rather healthy dinner on the table that night!
I definitely suggest giving this one a try of you have been a little weary of trying brussels sprouts, it made me a fan!