The 2020 Holidays Recipe Collection
How you doin’? Brussels Sprouts… either you love ‘em or you hate ‘em—they’re an acquired taste—really nothing in between. They are sometimes a bit stinky, a little bitter and taste a little like cabbage. That’s because Brussels sprouts, (Brassica oleracea, variety gemmifera), are a form of cabbage, belonging to the mustard family Brassicaceae. They are widely grown in Europe and North America for their edible buds called “sprouts.” Brussels sprouts may have been grown in Belgium as early as 1200, but the first recorded description of them dates back to 1587.
This recipe may even tempt young children (honey… kids love sweet flavors) to give them a try. Have you often wondered why kids are so finicky about strongly flavored vegetables (Brussels sprouts and asparagus)? Young people have about 7,000 taste receptors in their tiny mouths. That makes them very sensitive to strong or spicy flavors. As they grow into adulthood, many of the receptors will be burned or bitten; the adult mouth averages only 1,500 to 1,800 taste receptors. That’s the reason why as you grow older you are more willing to try foods you didn’t like as a kid.
Prep time: 5 to 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 to 25 minutes
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
2 pounds Brussels sprouts
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon
ChefSecret: You can speed the cooking process along by placing the Brussels sprouts in a covered, microwave safe bowl and cooking them in a microwave for about 5 minutes, before putting them in the oven. Warm the honey and the balsamic vinegar before tossing with the Brussels sprouts—it’s okay to mix them together.
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