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How to Cook Brussels Sprouts

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Published on May 28, 2010

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Kissing cousin to the cabbage, loaded with detoxifying enzymes and antioxidants and simple to prepare, Brussels sprouts may be destined for a new role on America's dinner tables that you can tap into today.

Step 1: Obtain sprouts
Use firm, bright green sprouts, either on the stalk or separated, making sure they are uniform in size to ensure even cooking.

Step 2: Prepare sprouts
Remove any yellowed outer leaves. Rinse the sprouts in cold water to wash, and then drain them.

Step 3: Trim
Trim stems at the base of the heads and slice a tiny cross at the bottom of each sprout with a sharp knife to allow for thorough cooking, or slice the sprouts in half to create bite-sized pieces.

Step 4: Microwave
Microwave your sprouts in a covered bowl filled with 1 to 2 inches of water, cooking 12 ounces of sprouts for five minutes or longer, depending on sprout sizes.

Tip
Sprouts should retain their bright green appearance regardless of the cooking method.

Step 5: Steam
Steam sprouts by bringing a pan of 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil on a stove top, and then setting the sprouts in a steamer basket inside the pan, and covering it for 10 to 20 minutes or until tender.

Step 6: Boil
Boil your sprouts using 1 cup of water for every cup of sprouts, bringing the water to boil in a pan, and then dropping them into the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.

Tip
Brussels sprouts compliment a menu of beef, sharp cheeses, and heavily seasoned dishes.

Step 7: Saute
Saute your sprouts for 10 minutes in a pan coated with olive oil as another cooking method to feed your need for the Brussels sprout's important nutrients, and to power up your diet.

Did You Know?
Brussels sprouts were named for the capital of Belgium, where they were thought to have first been harvested.

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