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Old 09-06-2006, 09:20 PM   #1
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What is this vegetable?

This is going to sound pretty stupid to most of you, but, what is the little round green veggie that looks kinda like a small cabbage or lettuce head. It's dark dark green or purple? Can't remember. I've only seen pictures of it and now, I can't find even that. If you know what I'm talking about, tell me what it is and how to cook it and what it tastes like.
You've got me eating asparagus and artichokes, and other things, now, I want to try this too.

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Old 09-06-2006, 09:23 PM   #2
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Sounds like Brussel Sprouts. To avoid the cabbage

smell when you cook them try cutting them in half or quarters add olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and roast them. They're delicious.
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:23 PM   #3
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brussel sprouts you can braise them in a little white wine or vegetable broth and serev with diced real bacon bits
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:32 PM   #4
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Brussels Sprouts! They are wonderful, albiet a tad bitter. But they are sooo adorable.

Trim the hardened bottom stem off. Soak the sprouts in a little salted water for about 15 minutes, rinse and drain.

Cut the sprouts in half.

Fry 3-4 strips of bacon in a heavy saute pan. Remove, but reserve the fat.

Saute onions and shallots in bacon fat. Add the spouts when the onions and shallots are translucent and saute gently for 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with a bit of sherry. Reduce a minute or two. Add 1/3 cup heavy cream, S&P to taste, and freshly grated nutmeg. Reduce another minute or two.

Dice the bacon and toss back into the pan.

Serve. Yum.
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:51 PM   #5
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I think you've discovered Brussels sprouts. We or I should say my mom always boiled the dickens out of them then tossed with vinegar and oil...Me I go the cut em in half, and then roast them in the oven drizzled with evoo and slat and pepper route...They are so good that way...When I take them out of the oven I give them a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese.

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Old 09-06-2006, 09:54 PM   #6
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Brussels Sprouts! They are wonderful, albiet a tad bitter. But they are sooo adorable.

Trim the hardened bottom stem off. Soak the sprouts in a little salted water for about 15 minutes, rinse and drain.

Cut the sprouts in half.

Fry 3-4 strips of bacon in a heavy saute pan. Remove, but reserve the fat.

Saute onions and shallots in bacon fat. Add the spouts when the onions and shallots are translucent and saute gently for 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with a bit of sherry. Reduce a minute or two. Add 1/3 cup heavy cream, S&P to taste, and freshly grated nutmeg. Reduce another minute or two.

Dice the bacon and toss back into the pan.

Serve. Yum.
I've been roasting mine most of the time now and as much as we enjoy them, we need a fresh look at them, and I love your recipe..My family and even the grand kids like them so your recipe is up next Thanks Vera.

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Old 09-06-2006, 10:00 PM   #7
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Ugh! Brussel Sprouts and drugs, just say no!

Rates right up there with asparagus for me . . . . . ick!
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Old 09-06-2006, 10:10 PM   #8
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Ugh! Brussel Sprouts and drugs, just say no!

Rates right up there with asparagus for me . . . . . ick!
Ah, whadda you know! Those are two of my favorites! Give em another try in seven years. Maybe your tastes will have changed. They say we all do...


Truly, I'll be you've mostly tried them overcooked... then, they both are awful. Undercooked is no good, either. and how you treat them does make a difference. Come over to my house and I'll convert you!
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Old 09-06-2006, 10:12 PM   #9
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Steamed brussel sprouts with a rich and creamy cheddar cheese sauce over top,,,,,,oh yyyaaaa..
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Oh hush, bigdog!! Brussel sprouts are delicious!! I know there are lots of people who hate them, I believe it is because they have only been exposed to badly/wrongly cooked versions, like it happens with many other vegetables.
I really hope you will find a right way to enjoy these wonderful treats TG, here you will find many excellent ideas!!
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