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?

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