I discovered a few years ago while living in California that I actually like Brussels sprouts! When smothered in cheese. Otherwise, I find them actually a bit too peppery for my taste. Still, I generally like them, and sometimes buy a pound to keep in the freezer.
Brussels sprouts are a member of the cabbage family that date back possibly as far as ancient Rome. They contain high amounts of vitamins A and C, folic acid, and fiber. At this time of year, yay for vitamin C! Brussels sprouts also fight cancer, and I am always about that battle.
For whatever reason, my body has been craving vegetables lately, so I decided when I got home from work the other night that I would finally cook up that frozen bag of sprouts that had been hanging around for more than a couple of months. (Right next to the spinach.)
I found a few recipes online for Brussels sprouts in cheese sauce, some I could have even cooked with what I had on hand, but each required nearly an hour of cooking, which my tummy was not willing to wait for. So I decided to throw the whole one pound bag of frozen whole sprouts into a large frying pan with some olive oil and let them thaw/cook. When they were about halfway done, I sprinkled on garlic powder, salt, and a little bit of black pepper, then let them finish cooking. Turning off the burner, I took three squares of sliced Muenster cheese - my favorite! - and lay them over the sprouts in the pan. Once the cheese was melted, I stirred it all together so the sprouts were thoroughly covered, then scooped them into a bowl and chowed down.
I think the sprouts cooked for a hair too long as they were just a bit too soft, but this is the first time I've cooked them in a pan (I usually steam them in the microwave), and I wasn't quite sure how to tell they were finished. Well, other than repeated poking, which is more or less what I did.
Hopefully I can make Brussels sprouts in cheese sauce sometime, but it will probably have to wait a while. So many recipes to conquer! And there's an acorn squash sitting on my counter that is asking to be next.