Until last night I have avoided brussels sprouts my whole life.
I mean, look at them, they're totally scary looking.
Okay, so maybe not.
Actually, they're kind of cute.
"Oooh, you wittle tiny cabbages! You're so cute I could just gobble you right up. Yes, I will, you little cabbage-y wabbage-y!"
Sorry, but I couldn't help myself.
Before gobbling them up I thought it best to coat them in olive oil and roast them.
This is what they looked like after roasting. I was worried I took them too far (total time roasting: 25ish minutes at 450ish degrees), but they tasted great -- they were tender with a slight bite and surprisingly sweet and not bitter at all. I tossed them with some balsamic vinegar, salt, minced garlic and some fresh parsley just to dress them up a bit.
So, if you're scared, be brave and get some brussels sprouts. They really are the perfect side dish for warm and cozy Fall suppers. I came across this link from Bon Appetit that has a whole bunch of recipes, so be sure to check it out -- I'll definitely be adding some of these to my list to try now that I've gotten over my whole "brussels sprouts are totally scary" thing.
Geez, what was I thinking?