time to knock the dust off this blog like it’s name is miz parker. i can’t bear the idea of letting an entire month pass by without putting up some kind of recipe. i pre-paid for this shit for 2 yrs, by god. and brussels sprouts are vegetables that really need to be talked about.
fresh brussels sprouts are in season right now. if you’ve never tried fresh ones, i assure you that you don’t know what you’re missing. make no mistake, i also like frozen sprouts. i like them just fine. but buying them fresh allows you to coax sprouty-good textures that can’t be mustered from frozen sprouts. mmmmm, textures.
all i ask is this: if you have ever tried brussels sprouts and didn’t like them, give them ONE MORE TRY using this recipe. if you still don’t like them, i promise that we can all agree you’re a jackass who lacks a respectable palate, and move on.
kiddo alert: none. will they like them? it’s a crapshoot. but i guarantee you’ve got a better shot w/ these than you’ll have with frozen or steamed sprouts.
- large, fresh brussels sprouts — about 15 of them is good for my family of 3
- 2 slices of bacon, chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic or shallot, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 c water
- salt & pepper
- wash and dry sprouts. cut length-wise into halves.
- heat olive oil in large frying pan (that has a lid) over med heat. you will want enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. add chopped bacon and stir-fry to render out the bacon fat for about 3 minutes.
- place halved sprouts in even layer in pan, flat side down. sprinkle garlic on top of sprouts. cook for about 5-6 minutes, until sprouts have started to brown on the bottom.
- carefully turn sprouts over (i do this individually with a spoon, but you can probably flip them over in bulk using a spatula. barbarian.)
- add maple syrup and water to the pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- cover pan and reduce heat to low. continue steam-cooking sprouts over low heat for about 8-10 minutes, until sprouts are softened to your liking. you can let them go longer if you want them really soft.
- eat immediately