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Brussels Sprouts

Contributed by: Jennifer Wickes

History of the Brussels Sprouts began as early as the 16th century, but may have been earlier. They originated from Belgium.

The season for Brussels Sprouts is August through March.

When selecting Brussels Sprouts, look for small sprouts with tight heads. Small sprouts yield a more tender texture, and the tight heads help indicate freshness.

Store your Brussels Sprouts unwashed in an airtight container or plastic bag. Keep them in the refrigerator for a maximum of three days. After that, the Brussels Sprouts begin to develop a very strong flavor.

Nutritional Value

Brussels Sprouts contain a lot of Vitamins A and C, with some iron.


Cut a cross in the base of larger sprouts, approximately 1/4 of the way deep. Remove any discolored leaves, and steam for approximately 10 minutes (or microwave for 5 minutes).


1 pound = approximately 22 sprouts 10 oz. frozen = approximately 18 sprouts


Chives, mace, marjoram, mustards

Suggested Wines

Depending on what other food you serve with Brussels Sprouts, try drinking a Zinfandel.


Brussels Sprouts Gratin

6 Servings

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 2 ounces bacon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for greasing gratin dish
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, in bits

PREHEAT OVEN TO 375F. Prepare the Brussels sprouts by cutting a thin slice off the root end of each and then cutting an X in that end so it cooks evenly inside and out. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, blanch sprouts until they are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, refresh in ice cold water, and drain again. (Do not let the sprouts sit in water for more than a minute.) Sauté bacon until limp, not crisp. Drain and coarsely chop. Mix the sprouts and bacon together and spread the mixture in a buttered gratin dish. Pour cream over the sprouts-bacon mixture and dot with bread crumbs and butter. Bake for 20 minutes or until hot.

Source: Public domain recipes converted from Meal Master format

Brussels Sprouts in Pecan Sauce

8 Servings

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste

1. Cook the Brussels sprouts, covered in boiling salted water until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain. Keep warm. 2. Heat the butter in small saucepan and brown the pecans; do not let them burn. Pour the pecans over the Brussel Sprouts and eat. Serves 4 to 6.

"Greene on Greens"

Source: Public domain recipes converted from Meal Master format

This article was originally published at Suite 101,

Jennifer Wickes is the editor at "Cookbook Reviews" and "Cooking With The Seasons", which has been voted to be one of the Top 100 Culinary Sites on the Internet! For more information about Jennifer Wickes or her columns, please go to:



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