We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's basically a slaw. We had that at a restaurant this weekend as a salad sort of molded from a cup on top of a potato fritter. Damn good. I told Mrs. BD that dog kibbles with black truffle oil and parmesan would be delicious. Actually, I have always liked B. Sprouts anyway, especially sauteed with bacon.
(Speaking of bacon, my brother served an hors d'oevres Sunday afternoon - dates wrapped in bacon, broiled. Amazing.)
Culinary tip: Brussel Sprouts do not hit their peak of flavor and sweetness until hit by at least a frost or two. The ones from the stores have not been. Put a stalk of them outdoors on a frigid day for a few hours, and let them freeze. Much better. Serious gardeners leave them standing in the garden all winter, and just go out and cut some off from the stalks. I guess you could try the freezer, too. When we buy them in bags, we leave them out in the snow until we use them.
Pan roasted in bacon drippings with shallots after having about 1/4 inch of beef bullion boil off the pan so there's tenderness to go along with the nutty pan roasted flavor. Oh jiminy! I could eat a pound o' that! I've also had pan roasted sprouts sprinkled with parmesan and swished with a nice garlic aioli. Yum.
Once made an unplanned off airport landing in the middle of a Brussels Sprouts field. Fortunately the stalks had been cleared, though perhaps early, I'm now informed. Though besides, it rarely freezes South of SF anyway, where they grow a bunch of them.
Like them well enough anyway, never thought of them with bacon. Will try.
Regarding the dates wrapped in bacon (mmmmm, bacon):
There's a fairly new roadhouse called Eastwood's on US 40 just east of Springfield, Ohio that does a nice rendition of this as an appetizer. Broiled with a bit of goat cheese, known as "Devils on Horseback." Order them when you can resist the grilled cheese doughnut...