For some reason this one tasty vegetable is the bane of childhood dinners. I dunno why. I wouldn't eat them until I was about 26, but I think that has more to do with texture and finding the right way to cook them. Boiled sprouts are, after all, about as tasty as boiled cabbage. And I try to avoid that, too.
But broiled or grilled, or even sautéd, something tasty happens. I won't call it magic, 'cause it isn't, but it is tasty.
Garlicky Brussels Sprouts-
- Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved or quartered through the base (~4 oz per person)
- 2 Cloves of garlic per person (give or take)Whole for grilling, otherwise chopped
- 1tsp kosher salt per serving (or to taste)
- Veggie oil
- white vinegar (optional)
- Cheese (optional)
Toss sprouts, garlic, veggie oil, and salt together in a bowl. Spread in foil on baking sheet or in casserole. Cook under broiler 10-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until the sprouts are soft in the middle, crispy and browned on the outside. don't let the garlic burn. Can add cheese for the last minute or two for cheese lovers.
Prepare the sprouts the same as for broiling (leave the garlic peeled but whole). Put in vegetable grill basketand grill with other food. Toss or stir after 5 or 10 minutes to ensure even cooking.
Put sprouts in wok or pan. Add 1/2-1C water. Cook on med-high to high until the water evaporates, moving the sprouts constantly. When the water is gone, add oil, salt, and garlic. Mix well. When sprouts and garlic are nicely browned either remove and serve, or toss just a bit of vinegar in the bottom of the pan to pull the little bits of cooked on garlic and sprouts up. The sprouts can also be cooked this way without oil, but need to be watched more closely, and the pan needs to be very non-stick.
As written this will serve one sprout loving person one big serving. Normal people might get two out of it, people trying to feed sprout haters will have enough for everyone. Sauté and grill methods would probably also work with baby bok choy. I know they work with broccoli.
- 1/3 lb brux, .49
- 1/8 head garlic .04
- 1 T oil .02
- 1 tsp salt .02 (est.)
- 1T vinegar .03
total cost- $0.60
No more food yesterday, I'm sad to say. When I got home from doing my night-time stuff I was going to make fried rice, but I falled asleep instead.
Anyone else like a "hated" veggie? Do you have a good way to cook it, one that wouldn't scare off a noob? If there can be gateway drugs, I don't see why there can't be gateway veggie cooking methods.