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Personally I think they are amazing little veg, sweeter than cabbage. More robust than your Cauliflower or Broccoli and it’s a lot easier on the pocket than some of your Kales. Like most of the Brassica family it has an affinity with Pork and Bacon.
For me it’s simple; blanch your sprouts and slice them in half. Cook some Bacon or Sausages till the pan has those dark sticky bits that scream heart attack. Throw in the sprouts with some butter so they pick up all those delicious bits of flavour stuck to the pan. Then just serve with either mash or sautéed potatoes. Give me that meal and you’ll make me a happy man!
You can understand why people don’t often like the look of them; they can take quite a bit of preparation to get rid of the often blackened and damaged outer leaves. This can turn into a monster task when you want to feed more than handful of people.
They don’t like over cooking either, I’m sure all of us have known Christmas meals where we’ve been served slightly greying balls of mush. Secretly I’m pretty fond of them this way as well though this is probably where the fart myth comes from. Any family get together over lunch followed by a snooze is going to breed a situation where people are comfortable enough to break wind surely?
It’s over to you now; I want to know why you love them or hate them? What’s your favourite way to cook them as well? Come on people a sprout is for life not just for Christmas!