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How to Prepare Brussels Sprouts

Learn to Love: Brussels Sprouts

I always thought Brussels sprouts were kind of a joke vegetable. You know, something you heard on that show Leave It to Beaver, where the mom would say "eat your Brussels sprouts, dear." I didn't think people actually ate them though — that is, until I went to a dinner party last weekend.

I saw these strange little baby cabbage-looking things on the table and was momentarily stumped. She actually was serving Brussels sprouts, and let me tell you, they're really delicious. I'm no longer put off by this tiny vegetable. Plus they're healthy too. Half a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts has only 33 calories, but also has 3.2 g of fiber, 252 mg of potassium, 79 micrograms of folate, and 2.8 g of protein. Since it's a green veggie, I thought it would have a ton of calcium, but it only has 19 mg, and the recommended daily intake is 1,000 mg. Still, it does have 35 mg of vitamin C and 457 IU of vitamin A, which surprised me, so that's a plus.

I think most people hate Brussels sprouts because they are usually way overcooked, so they have no taste and a gross mushy consistency. They can also have a slightly bitter flavor, but if they're prepared the right way, this green veggie a great side dish to any meal.

Want to know how I like to cook them? Then


I found this recipe on a little sheet they were handing out at my local health food store and it's so good.

What you'll need:

2 pounds Brussels Sprouts (rinse and trim the tough outer leaves and base)
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp chopped parsley

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise.
  3. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper.
  4. Place them on a non-stick baking sheet and bake them until the sprouts are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Serve them in a bowl with sprinkled parsley.


Namtaro Namtaro 9 years
Brussels sprouts are definitely better fresh, not frozen (they get mushy). I love mine sauteed with pancetta/garlic, onions and EVOO. Yummy!
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
My grandmother started serving them to me as soon as I could eat solid foods - she'd even mash them up with potatoes. Since then, I've requested them every winter and for Thanksgiving!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
That little girl is so cute! And I echo her sentiment.
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
My mom never used to cook brussel sprouts when I was little, so I thought of them in the same way: as a mythical super-disgusting vegetable used to punish bad kids by Stepford-wife moms. When I tried them as an adult, I loved them!!! I don't know many great ways of cooking them; I generally just stir-fry them in a little olive oil + butter with some chopped onions. But thanks for the great recipe, I'll be sure to try it. taratootie, thanks for your recipe, too. I'll try it as well. :D
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
Ugh, I recently retried Brussels sprouts (roasted with olive oil & salt). They just tasted like nasty hot cabbage.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I don't know how it happended but my sisters and I have loved them since we were little and my mother hates them. She never served them until we started asking for them.
SmallTownFab SmallTownFab 9 years
i love brussel spouts. i always have. they were one of my favourite things my mom would cook when i was a kid. but then they were never over boiled or plain. my mom used to make them either in a light butter and garlic sauce or with a bit of cheese sauce or grated cheese melted on them. being a vegetarian, i rely on these types of green veggies to get my 8 essential nutrients. just works in my favour that i love them. Yummy :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I love them, addicted to them! I think the disdain came from women cooking them to death, and the fact that when you cook them it smells like a big fart. I roast mine in the oven, slice them in half, toss with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. .....ah so good
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I hated them as a kid. They were bitter and just "baby cabbages". Now I love them. I cook them with turkey bacon and in chicken broth. Then I add a lot of black pepper. Delish!
dntusassme2000 dntusassme2000 9 years
I love them cooked with blush wine vingerette and salt and pepper!
EllasMom EllasMom 9 years
I love these little guys! They are also great sauteed with a little pancetta.
steen steen 9 years
I love brussel sprouts; I was one of the few kids who ate them! But I usually have to have a ton of butter. I'll have to try this out. The maple syrup is interesting.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I can't. I just can't. I tried. They taste like dirty socks.
machula machula 9 years
i loved them as a child and i love them now :)
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
Cosigning with the roasting. I eat them baked and nearly burnt, the charred flavor works amazingly well on this veg.
Celebrity Celebrity 9 years
Love them! Add Bacon and they're even better!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Another fan of roasted brussel sprouts! :wave:
almostloli almostloli 9 years
they're crunchy! :D i love vegetables
taratootie taratootie 9 years
YUMMY YUMMY SPROUTS: Frozen or fresh sprouts 2 T olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 T (roughly) fresh thyme leaves (pull from stems) A couple cloves of smashed garlic... just for a little flavor Mix Bake at 400 for about 20 mins, stir a few times.
guinnevere guinnevere 9 years
they are definitely on my top five favorite veggies list!!! i use 101cookbooks method of pan roasting... fantastic! my husb and i eat fresh ones about once a week, and take frozen ones to work about the same.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I don't need to LEARN to love them; I already do!! They are so yummy!! I like them with a little lemon and a bit of dill. Careful with any veggies...slathering them with butter or tons of cheese adds so many calories that it sort of cancels out the benefits.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I like them.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
No need to learn to love them - I already do. I just get fresh one cut them in half, toss them with a wee bit of EVOO, kosher salt and fresh black pepper then throw them in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes. And yummy. I even like frozen ones.
satelit1 satelit1 9 years
Yummoo~~ especially roasted with some slivered almonds and honey :)
chiaramw chiaramw 9 years
I love brussel sprouts! They are delish.
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