Sprouts get their name from the fact that they were widely cultivated around Brussels, Belgium during the 16th century. Brussel sprouts are the most love hated vegetable in Britain however; Britain grows about six times as many of them compared to the USA.
How to Use
Brussels sprouts are served cooked. Serve as an accompanying vegetable to roast turkey or chicken or to game dishes. Toss in butter and sesame seeds or top with crispy bacon before serving or serve simply with ground black pepper.
How to Prepare
Wash thoroughly in cold water, trim off any damaged leaves and the stem. For larger sprouts, cut a cross in the base of each sprout with a small, sharp knife – this ensures the thick stem cooks at the same rate as the leaves.
How to Cook
Sprouts can be boiled or steamed. To boil, bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the sprouts and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. To steam, place in a steamer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain well before serving.