My mom never made brussel sprouts, but for some reason I thought I hated them like every other kid I knew. It wasn't until a few years ago that I even tasted a brussel sprout. We were in Ashveille, NC for Thanksgiving and I ordered a duck breast that was served with roasted brussel sprouts. I was super-excited to try them, but I'm so glad that I did. Brussel sprouts really get a bad reputation.....when cooked properly, they are tender, sweet, and delicious.
I make my brussel sprouts like Barefoot Contessa, which is roasted in the oven with very simple seasonsings. I made Jason try one tonight and it was just like having a toddler in the house. He actually made a "yuck face" before he tried them. I did admit later that they weren't as bad as he thought they would be (thanks Jason).
Roasted Brussel Sprouts:
1 package of fresh brussel sprouts -- chop off the very end (it's tough) and take off any bruised or discolored leaves
Salt & Pepper
1. Once you have washed and trimmed the brussel sprouts, place them in a bowl
2. Drizzle with olive oil, just enough to coat the sprouts
3. Sprinkle with salt & pepper
4. Roast at 400 degrees in the oven for 20 minutes (or you could use the broiler)