Sunday, August 28, 2011

Brussels Sprouts

I despised Brussels sprouts until at least the age of forty. Now I love them. (I suspect that it was they way people had cooked them for me.) Here is a recipe that may make you love them as much as I do now:

Buy a tub of Brussels sprouts and rinse them in cold water in a colander. Now clean them by removing any discolored outer leaves, cutting off the darkened stem end down about ¼ inch, and notching the fresh-cut stem end with a ½ inch deep cross. Place them all, cleaned, in a pot of cold salted water to cover. Bring to a rolling boil and cook for about five minutes or so until softened. Return them to the colander and rinse in cold water. Now cut them all into half-moons through one slit in the stem end. Heat a large frying pan with about two tablespoons of butter and the juice of half of a lemon. Add the Brussels sprouts and four grinds of fresh black pepper and a pinch of ground nutmeg. Now stir and sauté them until they are dark brown all around. (It’s alright if a few appeared blackened … they are the best tasting.) Sample one and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve piping hot (important!)

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