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Yes, Brussel Sprouts Can Be Delicious With The Help Of Your Toaster Oven

April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 206

Brussel sprout are not loved by many people. I know many who refuse to even try these healthy vegetables because of past experiences. Here is a recipe that is sure to win over any Brussel sprout haters. This recipe cooks up perfectly in your toaster oven and will change your view of this vegetable forever.

I grew up with a deep hatred for Brussel sprouts. There were many nights I was forced to sit at the dinner table for hours until I finished those disgusting little vegetables. I even went so far as to roll a few under my younger sister's chair so that my mother would think my sister had dropped hers. The plan didn't work since my brother had the same idea. When my mother found more Brussel sprouts under my sister's chair than she had started with, she knew that we were to blame.

I was hesitant to try Brussel sprouts again as an adult. I hated them that much. I was persuaded to try them again at a restaurant, mostly because they looked so different. It was the first time I saw beautifully carmelized Brussel sprouts with a vibrant green interior. They looked nothing like the mushy, stinky vegetables my mother had forced upon me long ago. I tried them and I was instantly won over.

I soon came to realize that most people over cook their Brussel sprouts. That is actually true for a lot of vegetables, but that's a topic for another day. I like to halve my Brussel sprouts and lightly cook them in boiling water. I then shock them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. I then toss them in olive oil. I roast them for 15 minutes in my toaster oven then sprinkle them with sea salt. They are a perfect side dish. Unfortunately, such a simple preparation is not likely to win over those scarred by the memory of horrible over-cooked veggies. So here is a much more decadent version that will get non-believers to try this tasty vegetable.

Ingredients

2 cups of fresh Brussel sprouts, cut in half

4 strips of bacon, diced

1/2 of a lemon, juiced

1/4 cup of freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

Heat your toaster oven to 425 degrees F.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Set up a large vessel with ice water. Cook the halved Brussel sprouts for 3 minutes then plunge them into the ice bath. This will stop the cooking process and preserve the vibrant green color. Let them sit in the ice water for 3 minutes, then transfer them to a colander to drain off the excess water.

Meanwhile, cook the diced bacon in a heavy skillet over medium heat.

Put the drained Brussel sprouts into a baking dish along with the cooked bacon and all the bacon drippings. Add the lemon juice and toss everything together lightly, taking care not to mush the veggies. Place the baking dish into the toaster oven and cook for 10 minutes. Top with the Parmesan cheese and cook until golden brown; this should take about 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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