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March 23, 2013 3:47 PM
Kind of like a cross between broccoli and Chinese cabbage. I like the very late autumn brussel sprouts the best because they are sweet.. if you get them when they are harvested before the first frost, then they can be a bit bitter.
March 23, 2013 3:48 PM
When cooked in the oven, they have a nutty caramelized flavor. They have a slight cabbage flavor, but much more mild and sweet.
Like others said, when they're boiled to no end, they become mushy and loose their personality. Roast them with olive oil and some s&p, they are very good sautéed with garlic and a little bacon fat too.
March 23, 2013 3:49 PM
I agree with previous posters that they almost kind of taste like broccoli. I cut the ends off, peel off the outer layers, cut them in half, and steam them for about 5 minutes. I love their flavor and they are definitely very filling!
March 23, 2013 3:49 PM
Like awesomeness in a little package!!
March 23, 2013 3:50 PM


I steam the frozen ones with bacon bits, I like them a little softer, I love them but kinda forget about buying them, :)

forget bacon bits...cook a few strips of bacon in the pan and then put the sprouts in with the bacon and bacon grease, add a little garlic...YUMMMMMMMMY!

This * 1000! I love my Brussels Sprouts cooked with bacon and garlic. (Don't forget to pull the bacon out, crumble it up, and add it back in.) I've also found that I like them best if i steam them a bit before adding them to the garlic and bacon grease.
March 23, 2013 3:50 PM
Okay now I've officially read everything on this site
March 23, 2013 3:51 PM
March 23, 2013 3:53 PM

I think they taste like rage and hatred.

HAHAHAAHA i was going to say Ask Contrarian.

i love them...cut it half, sauteed in a little butter, salt and pepper to taste...mmmmmmmmm
March 23, 2013 3:53 PM
Edited by jwalworth On March 23, 2013 3:53 PM
March 23, 2013 3:53 PM
If you absolutely have to go frozen get the Fresh Frozen Foods Inc brand and cook a few minutes extra. I put a little butter in the water and whatever seasoning kick I happen to be on that day.
March 23, 2013 3:55 PM
I love Brussels sprouts. I sometimes roast them on the grill or oven with other veggies with olive oil and seasoning . Sauté them with kale and pine nuts. Also boil them in chicken broth . I try to find the smallest ones I can and I also cut them in half . I agree that they are a cross between cabbage and broccoli they tend to pick up other flavors you cook them with too.
March 23, 2013 3:55 PM
they taste DELICIOUS. have to be fresh though, frozen are disgusting
March 23, 2013 3:59 PM

I always found them a bit too bitter for my tastes and I love Cabbage. I find I can reduce the bitterness by quartering them and then cutting the "core" out as well. Super easy to do when they are quartered.

Bitter cabbage but really yummy if cooked right.
March 23, 2013 4:03 PM
I love brussel sprouts ! Hot or cold !:) Yum!:)
March 23, 2013 4:04 PM
They are my favourite veg but buy fresh not frozen.
March 23, 2013 4:05 PM
This is my fave way to make them
March 23, 2013 4:12 PM
I like them with a little butter, salt, and pepper. I always end up making them too soggy, though, so I only eat them when I visit my mom because she can cook them right.
March 23, 2013 4:15 PM
I LOVE them!! I don't taste broccoli in them though. To me, raw, they taste like cabbage with a slight radish like bite. Really good in salads or by themselves with salad dressing. As far as cooked, I don't like them steamed or even sauteed and never ever boil them, only roasted. They get very mild and lose all cabbage and radish qualities and just get very nutty and a little sweet. Maybe a little like roasted cauliflower which they pair great with. They are awesome with just a little olive oil, salt and pepper. But also delicious with salty and sweet, like maple, balsamic, dijon, nuts, pancetta or bacon (although you put maple and bacon in anything and its gonna be yummy). Only buy fresh, NEVER frozen. That said, I've tried to get my sweety to like them with both overt and sneaky methods and he is just not into it, so i guess it is all a matter of taste. Give it try and see what you think. K, got some in fridge and they are calling my name now. YUM
March 23, 2013 4:18 PM
They are delicious roasted...kinda sweetens them up. They are cabbage like, but I love them.
March 23, 2013 4:18 PM
Imagine if mustard gas and cow farts had a baby.
March 23, 2013 4:19 PM
They have a taste of their own, but I like them with just a little salt.

Yea i'm boring.

Edit: Chicken Seasoning..there's an idea.
Edited by Synapze On March 23, 2013 4:20 PM
March 23, 2013 4:19 PM
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March 23, 2013 4:46 PM
Love sprouts, eat them steamed with salt myself, never added anything to the other than cranberry sauce at Xmas. Quite high in calories for a vegetable though.
March 23, 2013 4:48 PM
They are SO good- I cook them all the time. Always fresh, never frozen, I toss them in a little bit of olive oil w/ garlic and roast :)
March 23, 2013 4:50 PM

They taste like farts smell. There I said it!!! Lol.

Ha ha my OH reckons they're like a fart in your mouth - I've never asked him how he would know that !!!

I reckon they taste like .... sprouts smile

But whatever you do, do not cook them like my Mum cooks them, she puts them on to simmer about 3 hours before you sit down to dinner and you almost have to drink them sick


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