We've been living on the West coast now for about two months and I think it might be time for me to switch the clocks to pacific time.
I haven't worn a watch in years but my cell phone, computer and bedside clock are all set to eastern standard time. A little sad I know. Kind of like a last holdout thing. There's sentimentality involved and then there's the somewhat embarrassing yet inescapable fact that I can't stand being 3 hours behind the rest of the continent (there, I said it). Even when I'm up at 6 am, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I seem to have missed the morning boat. Hopefully I will chill into the Western ways over time (you know, that balance and clarity thing).
In the meantime, have I got a beaut for you!
I just recently read that Brussels sprouts are America's most hated vegetable. I had no idea. I'm not sure I was ever exposed to Brussels sprouts in my youth (our vegetable rotation generally consisted of corn and peas) but I will admit that these tightly wound greens are rather odoriferous and, depending on how they're cooked, may well be the object of childhood trauma.
But therein lies the rub. It turns out that it's quite easy to unleash the Brussels spouts inner goddess by simply roasting them. Nothing more, nothing less. I've personally had a small obsession with these cruciferous veggies since discovering this wickedly effective technique and I bet you will too.
In addition to roasting the full bundles, the leaves cook up into delicious crisps that merit attention in their own right.
Today, I'm featuring these little chips which are perfect as a cocktail nibble, game day munchy or snack any time of day.
Are you ready to transform your Brussels sprouts experience?
I thought so.
look at the size of this beast!
(i could barely fit it into my preview)
this gorgeous Brussels sprouts stalk is grown right here in California ;-)
ready for the oven
these leaves were cooked at a slightly higher temperature (400 F) for extra crispiness
in the end, I found the moderately crisp ones just as tasty and less likely to burn