Until recently, I would have been one of those people who claimed an intense dislike for the little green guys. I can remember eating them once when I was a child, and while I don't remember anything about the flavor or why I disliked them, I clearly remember a strong dislike. And that dislike lead to about 20 years of my life without another interaction with this member of the wild cabbage family. (according to wikipedia!)
Additionally, according to wikipedia, brussel sprouts contain sulforaphane, which is a chemical with strong anti-cancer properties. They also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells. Sounds pretty fabulous, right?
As a mature 26 year old, I decided I couldn't continue going through life calling brussel sprouts yucky without giving them another chance. It's only fair, right? Based on a little google research, I determined that roasting the mini cabbage lookalikes would be the best method of cooking.
To begin, you peel the outer layer or leaves off the sprout.
If you have a cute little helper, put her to work!
And then cut off the tough stem.
Rinse / wash thoroughly. Or don't. I won't judge!
Cut the sprouts into halves, or fourths if they're big.
Next, I would encourage you to drizzle yours with olive oil, maple syrup, and salt and pepper. I'm embarrassed to admit I had NO oil in the house - no olive oil, no vegetable oil, nothing. So I melted some butter and used that with the maple syrup and S&P. In my mind, I figured it would basically be the same thing. I used 2 tbsp melted butter and about 3 tbsp maple syrup.
Spread onto a greased baking sheet.
Roast in the oven for about 25 minutes at 400 degrees. According to everything I read online, you'll want them to get dark and sort of burnt looking - it means the edges are caramelizing and this should make for better tasting brussels.
Not bad! While I didn't LOVE them, they were pretty good. There was NO maple syrup flavor at all, but I don't know if there was supposed to be, or if the syrup maybe counteracted a bitterness or something. I'd say the flavor was a little bit broccoli-like. I'd definitely be willing to eat them again, but I don't see it being something I'd crave.