Brussel Sprouts are vegetables that belong to the cabbage family
and they are basically little cabbages that grow in a row, even
spaced, on a long stalk.
The History of Brussel Sprouts
Brussel Sprouts are not to everybody's taste as the flavor of
this vegetable is very distinctive. This unique tasting
vegetable originated in Belgium (previously Flanders) during the
middle ages. Brussel Sprouts have become increasingly popular
over the years.
It is a preferable Christmas vegetable and a favored roast
dinner vegetable. Brussel sprouts salad is also becoming a very
popular recipe and people are trying out lots of new dishes with
this nutritional vegetable. This is an extremely healthy and
energizing vegetable that should be eaten as often as possible!
Picking and Storing Brussel Sprouts
The best tasting brussel sprouts are often the smaller and
younger ones. These green vegetables should appear vibrant in
color. The leaves should be tight and there shouldn't be any
signs of the leaves wilting.
The brussel sprouts should be firm and hard. The leaves should
not be loose, blemished or yellowing in color. To maintain the
freshness, store in a cool place for up to several days.
How to Prepare Brussel Sprouts
If you are wondering what to do with brussel sprouts and how to
prepare them for cooking, then the following instructions can be
used as a guide to preparing these vegetables which are simple
and easy to make:
Remove the bottom of the sprout stalk
by cutting it away (just a small amount)
Peel away the outer
Score a cross into the bottom of the brussel sprouts
(optional - some people believe that it helps sprouts to cook
Larger brussell sprouts may need to be chopped
in half for cooking
How do you Cook Brussel Sprouts?
Brussel sprouts can be cooked in various ways such as grilling,
roasting, boiling, steaming or even used to make a stir-fry! Do
not over cook them as this will reduce their nutritional value
as it will cause a great loss of vitamins. Cook brussel sprouts
until they are just tender.
Brussel Sprouts Grilled (Recipe)
Grilled brussel sprouts recipes are becoming very popular!
Grilling this vegetable might seem unusual but it is a very
healthy way of preparing brussel sprouts and them taste
delicious grilled. For following instructions can be used as a
simple guide to grilled brussel sprouts:
brussel sprouts following the simple preparation guide above
Boil the brussel sprout in salted water for approximately 4 to 5
minutes, no longer, then drain off water
Place half teaspoon
of kosher salt, celery salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion
powder in a bowl
Pour a small amount of olive oil over the
brussel sprouts before placing them in the bowl and evenly
covering them with the mixture
Place the brussel sprouts
under a hot grill for approximately 12 minutes
sprouts recipe is excellent when served with parmesan cheese or
Brussel Sprouts Roasted (Recipe)
Roasted Brussel sprout recipes are also becoming very popular!
This vegetable tastes delicious roasted and it's very simple to
make and easy to prepare, and is done so almost in the same way
as you would roast potatoes. The following instructions can be
used as a simple guide to roasted brussel sprouts:
Preheat oven to gas mark 6 / 200 C
Prepare the brussel
sprouts following the easy preparation guide above
tablespoons of olive oil into a medium sized food bag
brussel sprouts in the bag and mix them around to evenly coat
them in olive oil
Empty the bag of brussel sprouts onto a
Place in the oven and allow to cook for
approximately 30 to 45 minutes, or until tender
baking tray at frequent intervals to ensure the brussel sprouts
Boil Brussel Sprouts
how long to cook brussel sprouts
Boiling brussel sprouts is
very easy, follow the preparation instructions then place the
sprouts in boiling water and allow them to boil for
approximately 5 minutes, or until tender but not too soft or
over-cooked as this will cause a greater loss of vitamins that
necessary. Drain the brussel sprouts and serve.
How to Steam Brussel Sprouts
Steaming Brussel sprouts is simple to do! Follow the
instructions for preparation as stated above then immerse the
sprouts in a small amount of boiling water, approximately 1
inch, cover and allow to steam until tender. Steaming brussel
sprouts should only take a few minutes.