My latest Kitchen Adventure takes us to Brussels, Belgium!
I guess I missed the memo, but apparently there is such a thing as Brussels sprouts that taste good. They seem to be so in right now. Just a few weeks ago I attended a new menu unveiling for California Pizza kitchen and one of the sides we were served was Brussels sprouts. I confess, I am one of those thirty somethings traumatized by that dreaded, tiny green cabbage wannabe, the Brussels sprout. As a kid, my mom cooked them with butter or with cheese but I hated them no matter what she did to them. In fact the only vegetable I loathe more than the Brussels sprout is the green pea. Since my whole purpose for being at the tasting was to sample the new menu items, I decided I’d be remise if I didn’t at least taste it. To my amazement and slight horror, I ate them all. I ate Brussels sprouts that taste good! How could this be? I thought perhaps my taste buds were changing and this was another one of those cruel “after 30” body changes that I wasn’t prepared for. After this epiphany, I decided that maybe, just maybe I could put my own domestic diva touch on Brussels sprouts at home so I embarked on another Kitchen Adventure!
A quick trip to Publix and I was ready to take on my childhood food nemesis. I stared down my bag of Brussels sprouts and then the inspiration hit me. I set to work and at the end of this epic kitchen battle, my kitchen smelled amazing. They were absolutely delicious! Even better than the ones I had at CPK (no offense CPK! I still love you guys). My 14-year-old son didn’t even know what they were called because it’s not a vegetable that had ever come into our home before now. He tasted a couple and said they would pass. He didn’t love them but he didn’t hate them either. As a mom, that’ s win. I proudly present to you, my recipe for Brussels Sprouts, Diva Style.