Brussels Sprout Perfection

I had my first brussels sprout at the ripe age of 26 while lunching in the cafe of Adobe Headquarters in San Jose. The Adobe cafe reminded me of a Whole Foods Market deli – the best kind of tasty out there. I looked forward to each San Jose trip simply because of the perfect food and delicious espresso at Adobe. Anyways, these brussels sprouts were seasoned and grilled to perfection. Since then, I order them whenever they’re on the menu and make them frequently at home.

As I mentioned in my Trader Joes favorites post, I really like the shaved brussels sprouts at TJs. They are perfect for sautéing. The other way I like them is simply roasted.

Simple Brussels Sprouts

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Wash and dry the brussels sprouts
  3. Cut them in half
  4. Toss them in olive oil and salt & pepper
  5. Spread brussels sprouts on a baking sheet
  6. Roast for 20 minutes, tossing every 5-10 minutes. Drizzle more olive oil if it seems that they are getting dry.
  7. When the brussels sprouts are cooked, broil on high for a few minutes to add some crisp.
  8. Serve immediately. Sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese, if you’re into that (I am).

One of these days, I will have to venture out and try a new recipe. Here are a few recipes in my queue.

Farro with Leeks and Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Food 52

Photo credit: James Ransom for Food52.com

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Avocado and Pumpkin Seeds by Martha Stewart

Photo credit: MarthaStewart.com

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad by Food 52

Photo credit: Sarah Shatz for Food52.com 

Spiced Lemony Brussels Sprouts by Martha Stewart

Photo credit: MarthaStewart.com

It seems that people either love or hate this little veggie. What do you think of them?

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    cloudthyme
    02/07/2014 at 6:01 pm

    I love brussels sprouts- thanks for more ideas of how to use them! I recently roasted them with thyme and grapes and served over quinoa. My new fav! 🙂

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      hellodaynatalie
      02/08/2014 at 1:09 pm

      wow, grapes! who would have thought? thanks for the grape idea 😉

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    natjtan
    02/08/2014 at 3:34 am

    I detest them! Probably something to do with not be able to leave the table until I’d finished them when I was a kid. I never thought it was fair that my Dad didn’t have to eat them and I did. Thanks Mum!

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    Kel
    03/03/2014 at 12:08 pm

    Came on helloday specifically to look at this post today. 🙂 I bought some Brussels sprouts at the grocery store yesterday, bc I remembered this post. Now that I have some ideas of how to prepare them, I’m excited to give em a shot!

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