Popcorn Brussels Sprouts

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Okay, I will face the facts that not everyone likes Brussels Sprouts, but I do know that most everyone loves popcorn.  One of the first times I encountered a dish of Brussels Sprouts that I actually enjoyed (and even loved) was from a chef who described them as “tasting like popcorn.” 

What's not to like about that?

The chef that night generously described to me how to cook them to bring a popcorn-like flavor to this plain cabbage-like vegetable. Its a quite simple recipe with only 3 ingredients.  Even the novice cook can give this less familiar vegetable a whirl.  I've been making dishes with Brussels Sprouts ever since that first experience.  Now, I change up the recipe a bit, sometimes just sautéing, sometimes served raw in a salad, but this recipe is still my go-to recipe for converting people to the other side.  We have now had several friends and family members become Brussels Sprout fanatics after having them cooked this way!

Ingredients: Popcorn Brussel Sprouts

               

1 lb (16 oz) whole Brussels Sprouts
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice off the ends of each Brussels Sprout, then slice in half lengthwise.  (If they are extra thick, you may need to slice them into thirds.) 
  3. Heat half of the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. 
  4. Place half of the brussels (in one-layer, not overlapping) cut side down into the melted butter. 
  5. Sauté the Brussels for about 2 minutes or until slightly browned, then flip to their other sides, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and sauté for another 2 minutes. You will hear them pop like popcorn as you sauté them. 
  6. Transfer these to a large baking pan, then repeat with the second half of the Brussels.
  7. Once all of the Brussels are sautéed and placed into the baking pan, bake them at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes. Add more salt if needed.
  8. Serve in your favorite popcorn bowl. 

Will you give brussel sprouts another go? 

Images via Vintage Mixer

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Popcorn Brussels Sprouts

Becky Rosenthal has a confession to make. Without shame she romanticizes her grandmother's era. Perhaps she's a victim of Golden Age thinking, but she believes her grandma could teach us a few things about hosting a party, warming up a room, welcoming strangers, cooking for them and striking up a conversation. We could all benefit from sitting down around a great meal and simply enjoying our families and friends more often. Enter Vintage Mixer. She originally started Vintage Mixer to share ... More

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2 comments

  1. lyndsey says:

    I love brussel sprouts!

  2. Brussel sprouts and I have been on a ten year hiatus. But after trying this fabulous recipe, I can happily say that we have reunited (and it feels so good)! Thanks Becky!!!

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