Brussels sprouts meet acquired taste

I found a frozen bag of Brussels sprouts in the freezer and wondered where the hell they had come from. I figured I would roast them although the bag clearly said microwave (yuck) or boil them (I’m gagging at the thought). I am a woman who likes my Brussels sprouts fresh, crunchy, and golden brown. I roasted them as I normally would. The end result was a gross, mushy mess. I made my spouse try one and he spit it out. I laughed and said, you bought them. He claimed he did no such thing .I was confused as we are the only people who grocery shop in our home.

As luck would have it, my sibling stopped by. He saw the pile of grossness sitting on the stove. Smiled and said, “Are these the Brussels sprouts I bought?” He popped a few in his mouth and claimed them delicious. I looked at him quizzically as he ate a few more. I asked “When did you buy groceries?” He nonchalantly said “When I was the house sitter for you guys. I notice you guys were out of produce” (mystery of the frozen corn solved). I couldn’t help but smile and laugh at his thoughtfulness. I didn’t have heart to tell my bachelor of a brother that we deliberately didn’t buy fresh produce before our trip, as we knew it would go bad. I did, however, inform him that there was a huge difference between fresh and frozen produce. Do you have a preference?


Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place frozen Brussels sprouts, olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal tightly, and shake to coat. Roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, shaking pan every 15 minutes for even browning.

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1 Response to Brussels sprouts meet acquired taste

  1. I have never tried frozen Brussels sprouts, but I love the fresh ones (though I will say I hated them as a child and cried when forced to eat them). I typically roast them, but sometimes when I’m in a hurry I boil them then pan fry them to get crispiness.


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