After I posted about my sister helping with the recent big family dinner by par-broiling her Brussels sprouts, I heard from my other sister about how she makes hers. She wrote to me in the spirit of a friendly suggestion, but this being brother-versus-brother Super Bowl Sunday week (for those not keeping score, the two teams in the Super Bowl this Sunday, San Francisco and Baltimore, are coached by brothers—Jim Harbaugh, of the 49ers, and his older brother, John, of the Ravens), I thought I’d spin it a different way: As a Brussels Sprouts Showdown.
I asked my other sister to elaborate on how she makes hers, and here’s what she said:
I have always loved Brussels sprouts, but never could cook them the way I would get them in good restaurants. Then our brother and his wife started showing up at holiday meals with their delicious Brussels sprouts with bacon. They kept telling me to cook them fast at a high temp. Given my issues with trying new things, trusting people to really know what they are talking about (etc….the usual neurotic stuff that kicks around in my head), I didn't heed her advice for a long time. Finally, and only recently, I took the leap and put in a batch at 425. They were perfect. Nice and crispy on the outside and just cooked through inside and NOT MUSHY!!!! Needless to say, I was more than thrilled and much chagrinned that I hadn't tried it earlier. If you want my recipe, it is beyond simple: Wash the Brussels sprouts and cut an X in the bottom of each. As the outer leaves fall off, just add them to the pan. They will crisp up really nice. I add olive oil to just coat them, salt and pepper and in they go. You have to keep an eye on them and stir them around every once in while. They cook very fast, about ten to fifteen minues, and are excellent.
How do you make your Brussels sprouts? And who will you be rooting for come Sunday, San Francisco or Baltimore? I know who I’ll be favoring (Go Kaepernick!), and just so you don’t get the wrong idea, I won’t be serving Brussels sprouts on game day—I’ll be making chicken, sausage, and oyster gumbo, in honor of the host city, New Orleans.