- KNOW YOUR VEG
member of the same family as cabbage, Brussel sprouts
were developed from wild cabbage and are thought to
have originated near Brussels in Belgium in the 13th
century. Often associated with Christmas dinner, they
are a versatile winter vegetable. They have a distinctive
flavour, which can be unpleasant if they are overcooked.
Choose small, green sprouts for the best flavour and
firm compact ones for a good texture.
How To Use Brussel Sprouts
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 Brussel Sprouts
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 Brussel 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.
How To Store Brussel Sprouts
in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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