This week we saw the lowest temperatures in 30 years – the deep south was like the Arctic temperature wise. When it gets cold, I love using my oven as it just warms up the kitchen. Last month, for the first time in my life I tried brussel sprouts at a restaurant and really liked them. I was shocked, as someone who grew up hating anything green except green beans, I avoided these mini cabbages like the plague they were quite tasty, so I decided I would give them a try in our meals roasting them and warming up the kitchen on a cold night.
I read lots of ways to prepare, and decided to try them a VERY simple way with ingredients I have on hand daily. As I prepped dinner, I joked that Hell must have frozen over or was on its way since I was roasting sprouts for dinner.
I purchased a bag of brussels sprouts at Trader Joe’s – 16oz bag. Other ingredients were Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper. I preheated the oven to 400 degrees F.
Super easy prep: Empty 16oz of Brussels Sprouts into a Gallon Ziploc Bag. Add 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper. I am guessing I added a teaspoon of salt and about half that of pepper – I did not measure Salt and Pepper. I used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes – our favorite, and just black pepper freshly ground from our pepper mill. Seal the bag and shake it up to mix and coat all the sprouts. Memories of Shake N Bake “And I helped….” but much healthier.
Lay out your coated sprouts single layer on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven.
Roast for 30 – 40 minutes and turn each sprout over ever 10 minutes. When sprouts are brown they are done. I think I might have overcooked mine a little, the outside leaves were very dark.
The sprouts tasted fantastic. Crunchy leaves on the outside, soft on the inside – melt in your mouth yet not mushy. I was shocked at the simplicity in preparation including minimal ingredients yielded such a tasty healthy side. And super filling too.
I served them up with braised chicken, mushrooms and onions. The chicken wasn’t bad, it was just kind of meh, but loved having such a tasty side dish that me and the hubs loved.
How does this sound to you? Have you ever discovered something you have avoided was indeed amazeballs. Its like the Expedition Everest effect for me.
I have joined the Favorite Food Friday blog hop sponsored by Sean with Disney Day By Day. To see some other recipes to try, check out the other bloggers…some Disney Inspired Foods, and some not. Really there is something for just about everyone. Bon Appatit Y’all!
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