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We're getting towards Brussel Sprout season. Delicious baby cabbages with a strange appearance in the garden.
A tip or two to make them better: People who grow them in their gardens leave them standing all winter and harvest as wanted. They taste better after frosts or coated with snow. If store-bought, throw them in the freezer for a couple of hours or days.
A secret warm salad family recipe: Steam them (still firm, not mushy), cut in half, toss with pomegranite seeds, pecans, goat cheese, and a maple syrup vinaigrette. Then try to tell me you do not like Brussel Sprouts.
I generally love fresh vegetables, especially leafy greens down to and including collards, and we have them almost every night, except for cabbage and its little bro brussels sprouts, as everyone down here calls them. I can eat them, but I've yet to enjoy either one, including coleslaw.
If possible buy your brussel sprouts while still on the stalk, they taste much better. Just like buying carrots, keep the tops on until used as they tend not to get bitter. The only place I can find the sprouts on the stalk is in the fall at Trader Joes's in the STL area.
Blanche the sprouts then cut in half. Render some pancetta, remove and drain. Saute the sprouts in the pancetta fat until soft-ish - it's ok and good if they are browned a bit. Add back the pancetta, drizzle with balsamic and deglaze. Serve hot/warm.
Half or quarter (if large); saute with sliced/slivered almonds and add some dried cranberries at the end.
Agree that they are much after frosts. I haven't been able to simulate this in a refrigerator. They can't take prolonged temps below 5 but can be stored in an unheated (and below freezing) garage/outbuilding.
I cut the sprouts into quarters and fry in bacon grease until they're wilting and starting to brown. Then toss with pasta, maybe some spinach, Italian sausage and Parmesan cheese, using some chicken stock to thin it out and resist clumping.