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Do you boil your Brussels?

Brussels sprouts are a Christmas dinner must have but not to everyone likes them.

You’ll be hard pushed to find a dinner table on Christmas day without them, with even those who aren’t keen having a traditional one sprout just to be sociable!

But the reason why many don’t like the flavour of is because we’ve apparently been cooking them wrong all along.

Most of us cut a cross in the base of sprouts before boiling them, but expert Matthew Rawson told a Sunday paper that this destroys the flavour.

And he is the chairman of the Brassica Growers Association, so he should know. He said “Boiling them was traditionally the way of doing it, but putting the cross in puts in too much water”.

This, in turn, makes them turn soggy and ruins them but in recent years people have been getting more experimental with this downtrodden vegetable and proving that they’re not just for Christmas!

Apparently, stir-frying, steaming or microwaving creates a much better flavour. Also adding additional ingredients such as leeks, pancetta, chestnuts and garlic are also on trend!

So what are your views?  Do you still boil your sprouts?  Do you cook them whole with a cross in the bottom? Have you experimented with stir-frying them? Do you eat them at other times and not just for Christmas?

Do you boil your Brussels?

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Bellaroseofnm
1 days ago
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I always steam them then add a little butter, salt, pepper and a touch of sugar.
Koda
11th Feb 2017
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We like to steam them, or grate them for a stir fry.
Kazzaj
1st Mar 2017
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Wow must try this one
Bunty128
24th Dec 2016
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Steam your sprouts..delicious & no soggy !
Soo
22nd Dec 2016
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In the past I have always boiled my sprouts but this year, for a change I have discovered a recipe to roast them with bacon - am really looking forward to eating them on Christmas day
Chevy
23rd Dec 2016
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I've heard of stir frying them with bacon but not roasting. Where did you find the recipe please
Soo
23rd Dec 2016
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Can't remember where I got the recipe from so here it is

Roasted Brussels Sprouts
SERVES 4
INGREDIENTS
1 ½ lbs Brussels sprouts
½ lb streaky bacon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried sage
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut the bottom of each Brussels sprout off (about 1/4" or less) and then slice in half lengthwise.
Chop bacon into small pieces
Toss all ingredients and place in a single layer on a baking dish.
Roast for 25 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are slightly browned and tender throughout.
Serve hot or cold.

I'm looking forward to trying this, hope you find it enjoyable too
Merry Christmas
JohnHerb
22nd Dec 2016
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I have tried to grow them in the past but without much success-potatoes, beetroot and leeks are all a treat but sprouts seem to fail as does cabbage. We only seem to eat them in December with some roasts and of course our Christmas lunch. Really tasty and of course very good for you
yahsue
22nd Dec 2016
2
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Usually do them in microwave for 3-4 mins, add a little water, sprinkle on some cumin seeds and add knob of butter when cooked..
Bluey
22nd Dec 2016
2
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We like sprouts steamed, but we have also tried this recipe which is delicious:
Cut sprouts in half, quarter if very large.
In a pan fry some chopped streaky bacon till fairly crisp, add the sprouts, then add and nearly cover with a light sauce or gravy such as chicken. Simmer gently until sprouts are cooked to your preference.
Christiana
22nd Dec 2016
1
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Brussels shouldn't be soggy if you cook them properly
Loodt
22nd Dec 2016
1
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I do it the way my wife taught me.

Clean, cut cross, boil.
lovelyladybob
21st Dec 2016
2
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Sewing geek
18th Dec 2016
2
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Steam all vegetables!
Bluekat
17th Dec 2016
2
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-Steam them with a little butter in a bag in microwave - lovely!
Jo Kingham
15th Dec 2016
3
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Boiled ones always seem a bit mushy so we steam ours. Love using the leftovers on Boxing Day to make bubble and squeak!
Iancw12
15th Dec 2016
2
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I would only ever dream of having them boiled, but my dog prefers them straight out of the freezer!
Wilf
15th Dec 2016
2
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What he eats frozen brussels sprouts??
BirdofParadise
14th Dec 2016
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Don't like a soggy sprout. I always add a knob of butter to the water and I agree with the saying that they taste better after they have had a frost on them. I eat them as long as they are on sale on my local market.
Rowie1952
13th Dec 2016
3
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Even I like them now I steam them. Also, don't cost crosses in their stems.
polly1448
13th Dec 2016
5
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Steam then roll in butter and garlic in a pan...grate a little nutmeg on just before serving
Flynnus12
13th Dec 2016
4
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Steaming sprouts always preserve flavour in my experience
newman27
12th Dec 2016
3
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Brussels are lovely shredded and lightly boiled with a little nutmeg. Yum
Prosseco
12th Dec 2016
2
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Boiling then had some butter yum
thommo
12th Dec 2016
3
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yes the best way steaming, but seen the other day just a slight fry after steaming, might try that for xmas dinner. If i have time smile.
Greenma
11th Dec 2016
3
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Always steam them.
chapman62
11th Dec 2016
2
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Saw a tv chef cut them in half and put them in a frying pan for a minute !!! any one tried this ?
Scoobi29
11th Dec 2016
2
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Blanch them for one minute, then quickly fry some lardons of streaky bacon until crispy, add the sprouts and some cooked chestnuts, and stir for a minute or so.
rosie49
11th Dec 2016
3
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I steam mine...no soggy mess
silverpat
11th Dec 2016
3
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I usually.steam them, as a.matter.of.fact i.steam all.my.vegatables. they.taste.very nice.
Chriscee
10th Dec 2016
2
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I usually cook sprouts in the microwave, but I also boil them, I love them and use them in bubble & squeak and with bacon lardons.
pink rose
10th Dec 2016
3
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We steam them without a cross in the bottom and eat them whenever they are available.
JohnHerb
22nd Dec 2016
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Same as us and really enjoy them
ginntonic
10th Dec 2016
2
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I boil them until just starting to cook then drain them, put bacon lardons in the pan and cook until ready. but also make bubble n squeak out of left overs.
littledevil
10th Dec 2016
3
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Yes always steam sprouts n all my veg
pullman
10th Dec 2016
2
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I cook mine in the oven wrapped in tinfoil with a good knob of butter and seasoned, usually put them in at the same time as my roast potatoes. They don't look particularly appetising when cooked as they go a sort of ' khaki' colour but they taste delicious, my family love them like this, won't eat them any other way.
jamellis
10th Dec 2016
4
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I l-o-v-e sprouts, either on their own or tossed with pancetta and chestnuts (roll on Christmas dinner), but I never boil them. I rarely boil any veg except potstoes .... I steam them. They taste much fresher.
fandebbydozy
10th Dec 2016
3
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I hate boiled sprouts. For a few years now I have been slicing them and adding to stir fries. They add crunch and a lovely green colour. They are also great with diced bacon.
lindaw
10th Dec 2016
2
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I recall the first 'meal' I cooked after leaving home to go to University was 2llb of Brussels sprouts. Nothing with them, just Brussels.....deeelish!
JohnHerb
22nd Dec 2016
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Good for you as I think they are anti-oxidants but I would think 2lbs is a bit much for one meal! Very funny though!
lindaw
26th Dec 2016
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I came from a large family - all Brussels lovers - so they tended to be rationed at home. It was a pleasure to be able to have as many as I wanted without someone yelling ' it's not fair' 'favouritism' or stronger, if one person had more than the others!
I don't think I managed them all in one sitting....
Wilf
26th Dec 2016
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We had ours yesterday boiled than fried with bacon chunks. Really tasty
harrys nan
9th Dec 2016
2
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I have always boiled the sprouts but I am going to start stir frying instead. I actually love sprouts
RickOshay
9th Dec 2016
2
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Seriously, you are debating how to cook them? There are 10 things you will never hear me say and the first amongst them is :"Pass the sprouts, please."
Theoldgirl
9th Dec 2016
3
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I steam mine now, did boil them, but since I got a steamer I use that for all my veg now.
michaelstrefford
9th Dec 2016
2
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In a little oil fry bacon bits until crispy, add 1 x chopped shallot and cook until clear. Slice the brussels into £1 sized slices (or thicker if you prefer) and add to the pan. Add a knob of butter and two tablespoons of water (these will emulsify and help to steam the brussels) cover the pan, reduce the heat and cook for 5 minutes. The brussels will still have a crunch with the flavour of the butter, shallot and bacon. Try with Pine Nuts or crushed Walnut - or even a finely chopped chilli! If any liquid remains in the pan pour it over your serving of Sprouts.
Jude1959
9th Dec 2016
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Oh, well that's a surprise - I didn't know they're not meant to have crosses on the bottom, I only ever do half a dozen for my daughter, she's the only one who likes them, but I won't be doing them this year as she's said not to bother.
rosie49
11th Dec 2016
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I used to cross mine untill i read somewhere that its not necessary and that is how they can go mushy.i jyst steam mine u til just cooked
Phil G
9th Dec 2016
2
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I freeze them first as they are too bitter otherwise then I steam them and always serve them with chestnuts.
Tinny
9th Dec 2016
3
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Or I steam them mostly like alll veg it keeps its colour
& you get all the goodness that way.
Georgie Girl
9th Dec 2016
2
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Oh goodness, who cares!!
shortyshah
9th Dec 2016
2
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Prefer to grate them and incorporate them with other ingredients.
SandieH.
9th Dec 2016
3
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I did steam them one year....not the same! My hubby likes them with lardons and onions in butter.....I'm not so keen on the effect (parping wise) later in the day. Poor dog has to take the blame!
HJR58
9th Dec 2016
3
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Hopefully will have sprouts from the garden this year. We parboil then then add them to some fried pancetta.
avrilalberta
9th Dec 2016
3
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Roast them with garlic and pancetta (sometimes I use finely chopped chorizo.
pbwofely
9th Dec 2016
6
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I always cook my sprouts in about 1/4 inch of water in a plastic container with a little ventilation for 5 minutes in the microwave. Perfect colour and texture every time.
Roxanne
9th Dec 2016
4
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Cut in half, fry in olive oil until they begin to caramelise. Add chopped chestnuts and/ or bacon bits. Delicious
Nanny T
9th Dec 2016
3
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Nope don't boil.... I shred mine and fry them in butter with bacon and add a few walnuts....
jasperzara
9th Dec 2016
5
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Lightly steam (no cross) so not too soggy, then add any leftovers to cauliflower cheese for colour and taste. mmmmmm!
Bronwen
9th Dec 2016
3
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I boil sprouts ,though was temted on one occasion to purchase sprouts you could micro wave this did not go down well with the family who thought them quite tasteless.
justamo
8th Dec 2016
3
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I always steam them but do cross the bottoms .
Superchick
9th Dec 2016
2
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I used to but apparently that makes them soggy according to one of the chefs
Cloggs
7th Dec 2016
2
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I have and probably will boil them, but I have also used the steambags in the microwave. I have had sprouts in a stir fry and I want to try them this year with fried bacon and nuts....any suggestions???
Wilf
7th Dec 2016
4
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I dont boil them but my wife does. I am not sure how else you would cook them? Can they be roasted or grilled? If they can I do not know about it!
Janice Wilkinson
8th Dec 2016
3
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I do all my veg in an electric steamer much nicer than boiling Wilf.
Wilf
8th Dec 2016
2
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That seems a lot more civilised Janice!
Marley444
15th Dec 2016
4
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I think I might put a steamer on my Christmas list if it isn't too late!
Marley444
6th Dec 2016
4
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I used to dislike brussels sprouts and so did my grown up children, but since I've started par boiling them and then stir frying them with pancetta and chestnuts, I love them and so do all my family! I will never cut a cross in a sprout, or boil one again!
Cactus14
9th Dec 2016
2
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Sounds good Marley444, will have to give this one a try, I've always loved my Brussels but not boiled to death

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