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Brussels Sprouts That Taste Good

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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!

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 Fun Fact source: Wikipedia.org

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.

Brussels sprouts diva style

Brussels sprouts recipe for grown ups

 

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Brussels Sprouts, Diva Style
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Brussels sprouts that taste good! This is not your grandma's cabbage wannabe. If I can be reformed from my Brussel sprout hating days, then I'm sure with this recipe you can make a new little leafy green friend too.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Brussels Sprouts, Diva Style
Print Recipe
Brussels sprouts that taste good! This is not your grandma's cabbage wannabe. If I can be reformed from my Brussel sprout hating days, then I'm sure with this recipe you can make a new little leafy green friend too.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat pan to med high.
  2. Add olive oil then and onions and peppers to hot olive oil for light sautee.
  3. Add halved Brussels sprouts to pan. Stir around with olive oil and onion and pepper, being sure to get a cood coating of olive oil on all the sprouts. You may need to add a little bit more oil.
  4. Add cooking wine. You can add a bit more than I've stated but be careful not to make it too soupy. You definitely want the entire bottom of the pan to be covered with liquid.
  5. Add all of your seasonings.
  6. Cover pan with fitting lid. Turn fire down to medium heat.
  7. Allow the Brussels sprouts to simmer for about 15 to minutes until tender but still bright green in color.
  8. Take your photos for Facebook and Pinterest before you dig in!
Recipe Notes

I wanted to keep this a relatively healthy dish.  However, you could add a bit of bacon as a flavorful addition if you've got the calories to spare!

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