The Most Hated Vegetable

The most hated Vvegetable on the planet.
The most hated vegetable on the planet.

     Brussels sprouts…they have to be one of the most hated vegetables on the planet  (and yes there is an “s” at the end of Brussels, which is also capitalized, BTW). It ranks above broccoli, spinach, beets and lima beans as the most despised according to some polls I read. It’s not hard to see why. When prepared wrong, they can have a bitter, sulfur-y taste and a strong, unpleasant smell. To make matters worse, children are more sensitive to bitter flavors than adults. They often try them and the mindset that Brussels sprouts are “nasty” stick with them. They refuse to try them again and never realize that as their palates change, so might their view on these amazing vegetables. Yeah…I said amazing. I fell in to that same trap. Didn’t like them as a kid, figured I hated them as an adult.

     Mrs. G and I have been married for three years. In that time, she has made them once. ONCE…and I think I gagged on them. Granted they were frozen. This past weekend we went to Dallas Farmer’s Market. While we were there, she spotted some nice looking sprouts. Knowing that she likes sprouts, I acquiesced to her desires while quietly thinking to myself that I would have to suffer because of it. Little did I know how wonderful they could be when prepared right.

     Before we get on with the recipe, lets talk about the health benefits for a bit. Why should we eat this vegetable that is so hated? I won’t get all scientific on you. I’ll try and keep it simple. Brussels sprouts are loaded with fiber and protein and can be a low-calorie dish for starters. They also have potent anti-cancer properties and can boost DNA repair in cells. Still not convinced? They can help lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, maintain low blood sugar, fight inflammation and aid in digestion.  They are loaded with vitamins. One cup contains 20% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin A, 161% of Vitamin C and 273.5% of Vitamin K. Not to mention, they are loaded with folate and plenty of minerals like iron, copper and potassium. That’s just a few of the benefits of eating this little, miniature cabbage looking vegetable. If you need more, you can do some research of your own. For me? That’s plenty.

How can it be bad when you start with bacon?
How can it be bad when you start with bacon?

Ingredients

  • 10 Brussels sprouts, cut in half with stem removed
  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup diced red onions (or shallots)
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Use the bacon grease to saute the onions. See? Getting better. :)
Use the bacon grease to saute the onions. See? Getting better.!

Directions

  1. In a large skillet on medium high, fry up two pieces of bacon until brown and crisp. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add olive oil to the bacon grease and saute red onions until soft.
  3. Add in Brussels sprouts and saute until bright green and slightly softened. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium low, cover and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cut bacon into small pieces. Add bacon to the sprouts after they have cooked for 10 minutes. Stir for 30 seconds and serve.
Add chicken broth once sprouts have turned bright green and softened slightly.
Add chicken broth once sprouts have turned bright green and softened slightly.

See? That wasn’t so hard was it?

Everything is better with a little bacon in it!
Add in the bacon after it has simmered for 10 minutes in chicken stock.

How could it be bad seeing as how it has bacon it?

Plated up with a chicken dish we are working on.
Plated up with a chicken dish we are working on (we’ll get back to you on that one when we perfect it).

     Who knew I could like Brussels sprouts so much? Not my Mom, that’s for sure. She once had me sit at the table for hours and hours upon end till I finished everything on my plate. I out lasted her and she finally caved in. But not now! Not with these tasty sprouts. We actually ate them twice this week! I requested Mrs. G make them again and take pictures so we could do a post about them because I liked them that much! I ask you…Nay, I implore you…if you think you hate Brussels sprouts and haven’t tried them in years and years, give them one more chance. Try this recipe out and let me know what you think.

     I wonder…how can I turn this beautiful veggie into a dish prepared on the grill? This is gonna take some thought and research. Once I figure that out, I’ll let you know. 🙂

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31 thoughts on “The Most Hated Vegetable

  1. I love Brussels sprouts! Unfortunately, Hubby can’t stand them (and yeah, I’ve forced him to try them so it’s not just the kid palate thing). I did note what you said though, and I think I’ll hold off on forcing them on Dudette. Maybe we can skip that whole step and just plop her in love mode when she’s older.

    I’m going to try this recipe when I’m alone some day. It looks amazing. You’re right, if there’s bacon, how can it be bad. Wise man. 🙂

    Finally, I love your face lift. Very, very cool.

    1. Let me know what you think when you try it.

      Thanks. I get bored with the same thing and have to change it up every once in awhile. I’m probably on my 4th or 5th theme. The last one, I was shooting for a simple, clean look. This time I didn’t have anything in mind, but I saw this and it reminds me of how some restaurants write their daily specials on chalkboards. It just appealed to me.

      1. Mr. G ~
        I just tried Brussels Sprouts your way, and I love them now! The sprouts I purchased from the 99cent store were large, so I worried if they might be bitter, but they were not! Thanks for showing me a new way to try this oh-so-beneficial hated veggie!
        Bevie

  2. You job is to take all you named and use them in one meal. I think I will have a beer. Mickey

    Sent from my iPhone, please pardon brevity & spelling.

  3. I really like the new blog. You stepped it up sir. Great photos as well. I lLove Brussels sprouts. I got a good recipe for you, but an easy way to cook them…olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.

  4. Great post – they do have a horrible reputation! I’ll have to give this recipe a try, I have fixed kale similar to the recipe you have posted and it is great. I usually use a recipe for Brussels that has two versions (with or without cream) + bacon. My husband who hated them as a kid now loves them – as well as our four kids. I never thought I’d see the day when my children would be fighting over who gets the last Brussels sprouts in the dish!

    1. I’d love to hear more about your recipe with cream in it. Who knew kids would ever fight over them?

      Kale…I’ve only had it once and it was baked into a chip. Pretty tasty. Need to try it some more. You might have just inspired a new post.

  5. Brussels sprouts on a green egg are great too. First, toss them in olive oil, salt/ pepper and add a chopped onion. Throw in a grilling basket and on the egg for 20 or minutes at 400. They turn out great even if they get a little crispy. Sprouts are always on the menu at our house. Thanks for the nutritional facts. One more reason to keep eating them. Matt

  6. MMMM Love the sprouts. I planted 9 plants in my garden this year so I am hoping to be overwhelmed. I will be sure to make this dish. Also loving the new layout too. Very clean and easy to read.

    1. Thank you. I was looking around for something new, spotted it and just knew it should be the new one…until I get bored with it. I think this is now version 5 for my blog, maybe 6. I get bored easily.

      Are Brussels sprouts hard to grow?

      1. I am thinking of a change too. Not sure what yet though. No they are not hard to grow. Very similar to broccoli. They are a cool weather crop so they need to be planted early. When it gets hot they get bitter.

  7. Jason: Great post and a great new look for your blog. I’m the only one in my family that likes brussels sprouts, but this recipe may change their minds. Thank you for sharing.

  8. I’ve always loved Brussels sprouts (and all the other ‘hated’ veggies you listed) but Mr. Hungry Couple was a more typical hater when I met him. It’s taken me nearly six years to undo the damage of bad school cafeteria cooking. 🙂 Glad you found a way to love these little babies.

  9. I have cooked sprouts on the BGE with bacon in a cast iron skillet- fantastic!! Then I par cooked some and cooked them on the BGE on skewers. Brushed w butter, good sea salt and lemon squeeze. AMAZING!!! Try it!

  10. I have finally accepted that I really don’t like Brussels sprouts. For the longest time I thought I just hadn’t had the right ones but last year I sat at a table with 8 other people who raved about the served Brussels sprouts and I still couldn’t stand them. Odd because I like other cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, etc.

  11. Love the new layout and Sprouts on the Egg are awesome!!! I have done them similar to they you have a couple times in a cast iron skillet, direct. Gotta do these again soon I think!!!

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