Brussels sprouts are so misunderstood: They've long been cast aside as a lame bitter vegetable hated by kids and adults alike. Now, they're finally getting their due with creative recipes that turn them into tiny slider buns, cheddar-loaded crostinis, and more.
Named after the Belgian city where they were first cultivated centuries ago, Brussels sprouts are actually native to the Mediterranean region. The edible sprouts grow like buds in helical patterns along the side of long, thick stalks of about 24 to 47 inches in height, maturing over several weeks from the lower to the upper part of the stalk.
While Brussels sprouts may look like baby cabbage, they are actually a vegetable variety of their own, but in the same family as cabbage-cruciferous vegetables. Like other cruciferous vegetables, Brussels sprouts are a great source of folate. They are loaded with fiber, vitamins A, K, C and low in calories.
Storage & Preparation
Do not wash or trim sprouts before refrigerating them. Yellow or wilted outer leaves may be removed before storage, however. Refrigerate Brussels sprouts in plastic bag up to 1 week.
Preparing Brussels sprouts for cooking begins with cutting the buds off the stalk and removing any surplus stem and loose surface leaves. Once cut and cleaned, the buds are typically cooked by boiling, steaming, stir frying, grilling, slow cooking or roasting. To ensure even cooking throughout, select buds of a similar size. Some cooks make a single cut or a cross in the center of the stem to allow the heat to penetrate the solid core so that it cooks as quickly as the leaves.
Brussels Sprout Hash
Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Walnuts