Veggie Resolution #2: Brussels Sprouts

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I am just jumping right into the scary vegetables with my Veggie Resolution – first kale and now Brussels sprouts! Oh geez. When I was eight, I had my first encounter with Brussels sprouts. I thought I’d be super cool and be the kid who actually *liked* them (uh yeah, my definition of cool was a little skewed).  I took an enthusiastic bite, and….blergh!  Mushy, bitter and not pleasant at all.  No wonder they had a bad rap.  Well, after some reassurance from blogger buddies that they actually weren’t that bad, I decided to give these cute yet potent veggies another chance. Of course I needed some help from some pork and sugar…

The recipe was so simple that I didn’t even take a photo of the ingredients.  Ok, I forgot. But anyhoo, you’ll need:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bacon
  • Maple Syrup

1. Preheat the oven to my favorite temperature – 350 degrees.   Place the Brussels sprouts in a Ziploc bag and add some olive oil (I used about a teaspoon per half-pound of sprouts) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Seal up the bag and squish everything together.

2. Spread the oiled-up veggies on a foil-lined baking sheet (first picture). Bake for 30 minutes.

3. In the mean time, fry and chop up some bacon. Mmmmmm…

4.  When the sprouts are done, sprinkle with bacon and toss with a teaspoon or so of maple syrup.  Mmmmm!

Yes, this formerly scary veggie was helped out mucho with bacon and maple (two of my favorite flavors, by the way!).  But I admit that these tasted REALLY good, and not just compared to other veggies (bleh).  So much so that I might make this a regular dish – easy and delicious!

Any other brussel-phobes out there?

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    January 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I love brussel sprouts, but I didn't love them until I had them fresh. I've also learned that boiling them is bad! Much better to roast them or saute them. One of my go to brussel sprout recipes includes taking the leaves off, sauteeing them in olive oil, then mixing in some toasted walnuts and finishing with lemon juice – very light and refreshing!

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    January 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Sounds delicious! Brussel sprouts are one of my favorite veggies, though I also absolutely hated them growing up. They have to be done right, and it looks like you totally succeeded! Yum.

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    January 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I've always hated brussel sprouts until i had them shaved within a salad, with pecorino cheese and a little olive oil and balsamic dressing at fav Houston restaurant Dolce Vita, if you are ever in these neck of the woods you must try!

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    January 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I need to try brussel sprouts again. I haven't had them since I was a kid when I thought they were gross too. I'm sure I would think differently now, I just haven't had the guts to buy them yet. But, if a former (can I say former?) veggie hater is singing their praises perhaps I should give them another try.

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    January 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I also only recently learned (like, last week) to appreciate the b sprouts. I like them when they're baked like that, and kind of crispy. The bacon must only help! Thanks for the tip 🙂

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    San Jose Love
    January 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    ooh I should try this. I hate brussel sprouts so much but I desperately want to like them. It must be a reverse psychology thing.

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    January 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for the Brussels sprouts shout out. Brussels sprouts have a bad rap. They're teeny tiny cabbages! I've always been tempted to add bacon fat to my brussels but have held off due to the veggie/health cancelling effect. Maybe next time when I'm indulging myself. LOL.

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    January 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Everything is better with bacon and maple, right? These look yummy – I haven't tried brussel sprouts for quite some time, but may need to give them another shot.

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    Try Anything Once Terri
    January 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    As others have said, I think bacon makes anything taste better.

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    January 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Hahaha I didn't used to like them when I was young either but now I do 🙂

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    Mrs. Hot Cocoa
    January 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I love brussels. Had them last night in fact. But if there were bacon in the dish . . . that would have been amazing.

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    January 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Hold on a sec, I'm allowed to combine maple syrup, bacon and brussel sprouts?! Sold.

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    January 14, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Yum. I think I saw Alton Brown making something similar and this combo just sounds divine!

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    January 15, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I love your photography..very interesting recipe, but looks wonderful!

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    January 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for posting about brussel sprouts! They are one of my top 3 favorite veggies! And one of Charlie's top 10.

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    January 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I love brussel sprouts. Only learned how to eat them last year. I cooked it over the weekend. A friend was here to join us for lunch. When it was served on the table, he turned to my daughter and whispered, 'It's my NO.1 enemy!'…..haha. But he has no choice cos I didn't cook any other vegetables.

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    D. Marie
    January 21, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Ive never tried brussel sprouts! But this is def a way I might try…with bacon and maple, you may have changed many minds about them!

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    Kelly @ The Startup Wife
    February 1, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Yuuum! That looks amazing.

    My other fav ways to have them (1-3 times a week I just a pound of brussels sprouts for lunch, haha): pan-roasted with smoked paprika and coriander, or shredded and sauteed with butter, garlic, onions, and grainy mustard and then tossed with pasta (or spaetzle!), walnuts and parmesan. Really really delicious!

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