This is one of those you love them or you hate them kind of things.

We happen to love them and this time we’re talking about Brussels sprouts.

Now before you go all postal about these little gems…give us just a few minutes and then you might want to give them a shot. I mean, that is if you think you hate them.

As with most foods people think they hate, you have to know how to treat these little buggers or you’re right, they are gross. You can’t boil them beyond recognition and expect them (or anything else) to taste good.

So listen to us (I’ve remembered the highlights this time) and then decide.

But first, a recipe. This combines things that you might actually like with the sprouts to create something new! And here it is. Thanks to Bon Appetit from years ago.

Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Raisins

Serves 4

2 thick slices bacon, sliced into lardons about ¼” wide

4 cups Brussels sprouts (about 1 lb), trimmed and halved

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup golden raisins (can substitute dried or fresh figs, use 4 – 6, cut into quarters)

1 medium shallot, finely sliced

1 tbsp unsalted butter

½ cup chicken broth

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Heat a heavy sauté pan over medium heat.  Add bacon and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes.  Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.  Set aside pan with bacon fat.

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add Brussels sprouts and blanch for 2 minutes until tender but still bright green.  Drain.  Add sliced shallot and Brussels sprouts to bacon fat.  Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until well browned in spots and beginning to soften, 5-7 minutes.   Add broth and raisins to pan and bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until broth has almost evaporated.  Stir in vinegar, butter and crumbled bacon. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Now let’s hit the highlights:

03:20 – Natalia is weird (but we already knew that)

05:30 – Why we think you don’t like them

07:05 – Please blanch them

11:05 – 20 Brussels Sprouts Recipes from The Kitchn

15:20 – Trader Joe’s wine and yes, we know this has nothing to do with vegetables

19:26 – The size of your sprouts

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