I'm really impressed with the PR firm Brussels sprouts hired. Once upon a time, Brussels sprouts were on the very lowest rung of veggies to celebrate From little kids to wizened curmudgeons, all noses were turned up against them.
Now they've earned their rightful place as a star ingredient in the cook's repertoire. Look at all the places they're sprouting up - - here and here and here.
I haven't always loved sprouts. Growing up, all I recall were mushy balls of green stuff that didn't smell too appetizing. It wasn't until I cooked them fresh did I fall in love with them. These days (and I'm lucky Mr. Rosemary agrees with me) they show up on our plates at least every other week.
And I often choose to bring them to family gatherings. I was a little nervous the first time I did, because (of course) I ever heard anyone crave them the way they do Liz's sweet potatoes. One Easter, I brought a creamy gratin of sprouts and -- much to my surprise -- learned that there were lots of sprouts lovers. Then again, what's not to love about cheese and cream?
Then last Christmas time, I volunteered to take this sprouts dish to my sister's house. Once again, rave reviews! Who's going to argue with that!
I found this recipe from blogger Emily at Five and Spice, whose over-the-top description made me want to run to the store, then the kitchen and whip these babies up. They are very, very easy and very, very tasty. Just a little caramelizing from the molasses makes them look like little pieces of mahogany and taste like nutty candy.
I often roast the sprouts, but I think I've been convinced that this is my new preferred way to cook them. Crazy.
Aren't you glad Brussels sprouts have come out of the closet?
Crazy Good Brussels Sprouts
From Five and Spice
1 ½ pounds Brussels sprouts, cleaned and halved
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ tablespoons molasses
In a very large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium high heat until butter is bubbling. Add sprouts, cut side down. Leave alone to cook – without any stirring – for several minutes until the cut undersides get a brown crust. Then, quickly flip them all over. Sprinkle with salt, add garlic and continue to cook for another couple of minutes. Add the molasses and two tablespoons of water. Turn heat down to medium and cook stirring frequently to coat all sides. Cook for a few more minutes or until tender to your taste.