How to Cook Brussels SproutsThe Brussels sprout, a member of the cabbage family, is native to northern Europe. It received its name from the Belgian city of Brussels where it was thought to have first been grown.
Availability: October to March.
Buying Guide: Look for tight, vivid green heads with unblemished, compact leaves. Avoid those with loose leaves and any signs of yellowing.
Storage: Refrigerate in a plastic bag up to 5 days. Use as soon as possible since flavor gets stronger with age.
History: Brussels sprouts are native to northern Europe and belong to the cabbage family. The plant produces numerous small heads arranged in neat rows around a thick stalk (instead of one large head). Their flavor is improved by a touch of frost.
- Cut stem from each Brussels sprout and pull off outer or bruised leaves.
Cut the stem from each Brussels sprout
and remove the damaged leaves.
- For faster, more even cooking, cross-hatch core by cutting an "X" deep into the stem end of each sprout with small paring knife. Refresh sprouts for 5 minutes in bowl of cold water; drain.
Cut an "X" into the stem to
ensure even cooking.
- Use large enough saucepan to allow sprouts to fit in a single layer. Pour cooking liquid (broth or water) into saucepan. To braise sprouts, place sprouts with stem ends down in broth. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; simmer about 5 minutes or just until sprouts turn bright green and are crisp-tender when pierced with a fork.
- Uncover; simmer until liquid is almost evaporated. Drain.
Simmer until almost all of
the water has evaporated.
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