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Old 12-12-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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Shaved Brussels sprouts salad - are stems edible?

I want to make this recipe for a shaved brussels sprouts salad,

Sweet and Sour Brussels Sprout Salad Recipe | MyRecipes.com

And the recipe makes no indication to remove the bottom/stem portion of the brussels sprouts nor remove the outer leaves... apparently since it gets finely shredded from the food processor. I'm just a little hesitant because I'm wondering if that tough stem portion will taste bad or if it's fine to just use?

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Old 12-12-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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I thought they were supposed to be removed because they were tough. You could taste some before using in the salad and see what you think.
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Old 12-12-2013, 04:44 PM   #3
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I would have to concur with GG.

Although I have never eaten them raw, they do seem to stay extra tough when they are cooked.

Let us know how that salad turned out for you .. I would be interested !
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>>And the recipe makes no indication to remove the bottom/stem portion of the

on a similar note, quite a few roast beef recipes omit the step of removing the horns from the cow before putting it in the oven.

trimming the stem and removing dried / dirty outer leaves from brussel sprouts is part and parcel of the basic preparation.

if you've ever discovered a (dead) nest of a few billion aphids under a leaf, you would not need a lot of convincing . . .
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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I found a similar recipe that says to trim them, cutting off some of the outer leaves and most of the hard stem.

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion, Lemon and Pecorino Recipe | Yummly
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:42 AM   #6
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on a similar note, quite a few roast beef recipes omit the step of removing the horns from the cow before putting it in the oven.


To the OP----- I've never made a shaved Brussels sprout salad but I'm sure the outer, ugly leaves should be removed.

Most of the Brussels sprouts I've bought don't have stems, at least none that are longer than about 1/4 inch long. But I'd still, as when cooking Brussels sprouts, cut that off.
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:08 PM   #7
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>>And the recipe makes no indication to remove the bottom/stem portion of the

on a similar note, quite a few roast beef recipes omit the step of removing the horns from the cow before putting it in the oven.

trimming the stem and removing dried / dirty outer leaves from brussel sprouts is part and parcel of the basic preparation.

if you've ever discovered a (dead) nest of a few billion aphids under a leaf, you would not need a lot of convincing . . .
Rather waspish, I thought. Remember that not everyone is an experienced cook and many people come on here to learn, not to be put down.
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:08 PM   #8
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I detest brussel sprouts, but I might actually sample that salad. I have an idea they taste much better raw. I think I might sample one in the grocery store like some people sample grapes.
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:25 PM   #9
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I detest brussel sprouts, but I might actually sample that salad. I have an idea they taste much better raw. I think I might sample one in the grocery store like some people sample grapes.
Here's Kayelle, getting arrested for peeling and eating a Brussels sprout. Cleanup on aisle 4.
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I detest brussel sprouts, but I might actually sample that salad. I have an idea they taste much better raw. I think I might sample one in the grocery store like some people sample grapes.
A lot of the brassicas are nicer raw.
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Here's Kayelle, getting arrested for peeling and eating a Brussels sprout. Cleanup on aisle 4.

Or she could buy just one. Can you imagine the cashier's reaction?
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