Tips on Roasting Brussel Sprouts
These tips on roasting brussel sprouts, comes in handy for every family dinner, whether it is Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter. Along with the traditional turkey dinner are roasted vegetables side dishes, thus the tips on roasting brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts is a cold weather crop, and during the fall, prices can be as low as 99 cents a pound. Moreover, this vegie is full of fiber, flavor, antioxidants and vitamins.
A darling vegetable
Once upon a time, brussel sprouts were not so popular. That’s because they were traditionally just boiled and tasted bland. However, when gourmet restaurants started offering roasted brussel sprouts with parmesan cheese (at high prices) in their menu, and it quickly became a darling vegetable for many Canadians. While there are many recipes on cooking brussel sprouts that tell you how to cook, they don’t tell you in simple ways what not to do or what mistakes you can have.
Tips on what to do, and what not to do
Here are tips on roasting brussel sprouts that I have learned from my friends after I have made many mistakes.
1. Buy in uniform size, so they can cook evenly.
- Remove the outer leaves, anything that is discolored or soggy. Don’t throw them away, save them, you can use them for making brussel sprouts chips.
3. You can steam, boil or roast. Steaming and boiling preserve the nutrients best, but the flavor or texture is lost. Roasting brings out the best in terms of texture. Roasting gives brussel sprouts the sweet, crunchy, nutty robust flavor that makes it so popular.
4. If steaming or boiling, carve an X on the stem, to let heat penetrate while cooking. If roasting, cut the sprouts into halves to speed up the roasting process and get that deep golden brown, crisp on the outside, tender on the inside result.
5. The basic ingredients to go with the roasting process are olive oil, fine sea salt, ground black pepper. Toss them evenly.
6. From here on, you can add your own twist, such as adding ground nuts such as pistachios, almonds, etc. during the last few minutes of roasting. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese!
(This blog was originally published in 2009, and recently updated in December, 2019)