My mom was a great person, and a great cook. What I hated about her, however, is that she believed we needed to eat a little bit of everything on the premises that all food brought various vitamins and nutrients. That is the reason why she served us many vegetables, and other food such as liver because it was good for us. For example, liver and spinach were good for iron, oranges for their vitamin B. etc cetera…
I will tell you that even though she was a fabulous cook, I did not always like her cooking. One of the thing I really disliked as a child in fact was Brussels sprouts. They were bitter, smelled awful , and they were not gentle to my stomach.
It took me many years to cook them when I got married. I cannot remember exactly why I cooked them again. I think my husband liked them (in fact it is one of the very few vegetables he likes and will eat).
My children never liked them, but to follow the tradition, they had to eat them because eating vegetables is good for you.
However it did not matter how often, or how different I served them. Both my children hated them, making faces with every bite they took.
What happened one day really came as a surprise. Lisa and I were grocery shopping one day, and I picked up a bag of Brussel Sprouts. I surely thought that if she was going to comment on my choice, she was going to scream why I would choose to pick them. But she did not. Instead of a statement of disgust, she actually inquired to see if they were for us, and when I told us that they were not, she gave a sigh, looked pitiful and said: Mom , can you get some for us. Really???? Had I heard right? really ??? I was shocked!!!
All I can say is that you she probably likes them because i am using bacon and maple to flavor them, and I am using my demarle mold to steam them which makes them so much better, and so much tastier!
Ingredients for 4-6 people:
- a bag of brussel sprouts ( about 12oz)
- 2 tbsp of bacon bits from costco
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- Place the brussels sprouts in the sink filled with water and a tbsp of white vinegar.
- Cut the stem of the Brussel sprout, and peel the first and maybe the second leaf of the sprout. Repeat with each sprout.
- Cut each Brussel sprout in half, and place them into the round mold.
- Add the bacon bits. Place the octogonal silpat on top of the round mold to cover the round mold and place it in the microwave to cook for 5 minutes. Meanwhile turn the oven to 425.
- When the Brussels sprouts are cooked. Pour the maple syrup and the olive oil over the Brussel sprouts and stir.
- Place a large silpat over a large perforated sheet and spread the Brussels sprouts over the silpat.
- Place them into the oven and cook for another 8-10 minutes or until they are getting a golden color.
- Enjoy!!! I know my sweet daughter does. I hope that your family and children will enjoy them 🙂
Bon appetit and happy cooking!!!!