Unlike one of our former presidents, my family loves roasted brussels sprouts. In fact, I like ’em boiled, steamed and even raw. We refer to them as little cabbages, and you will frequently find them on our menu at home.
Fun Facts about Brussels Sprouts
It’s proper name is a brussels sprout, but who can eat only one? They’re named after the capital city of Belgium and that makes it easier to remember, but we won’t make fun of you if you fall back to brussel sprouts.
They are actually part of the cabbage family, and are the edible buds that grow from a long stalk instead of the typical small round one. It’s a winter vegetable and the majority for U.S. consumption are grown in California.
Brussels sprouts contain a lot of vitamin K, so if you are a hemophiliac, or already take other anti-coagulents don’t eat too many.
And just one more thing…
Cartoonist E.C. Segar, the creator of Popeye, originally envisioned brussels sprouts as the source of his prodigious strength. He could “pop” them into his mouth like candy to initiate his transformation. When word reached the spinach lobby it “persuaded” Mr. Segar to change his mind. Hmmm.Print
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Fresh sweet sprouts roasted to perfection!
- Yield: 3-4 1x
- 1 lb fresh brussels sprouts
- 1–1/2 TBL olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup honey
- Sriracha sauce – to taste
- Preheat oven to 400
- Trim the ends and discard any dried or damaged outer leaves
- Cut them in half vertically
- Season with olive oil by tossing in a bowl while sprinkling the salt and pepper to coat them evenly
- Let rest for 15 minutes to give the oil time to soak into the inner sprout
- Spread evenly on a roasting pan covered with aluminum foil, cut side up – do not crowd them
- Roast 10 minutes, then turn them. Roast 10-15 more minutes until the outer leaves begin to crisp and beginning to blacken
- Mix the honey and sriracha together, tasting with each addition of sriracha until it’s just right for you
- Drizzle it over the sprout or serve it on the side