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/Brussels Sprouts: Love them or hate them, Give these iconic winter vegetables a go

Brussels Sprouts: Love them or hate them, Give these iconic winter vegetables a go

Brussels Sprouts: Love them or hate them, Give these iconic winter vegetables a go


Sprouts: they're polarising, aren't they? Let us guide you through some unique recipes that may sway your views on this festive staple. From classic butter-sautéed sprouts to unique roasted recipes, give sprouts another chance this holiday season.

In Britain, sprouts are a seasonal staple of the festive feast, while others may firmly place themselves in the 'hate them' camp. So far-flung is the debate that you'd be forgiven for thinking we're talking about much more than a humble vegetable. Well, whatever camp you're in, we've got some new and exciting sprout recipes that are likely to shake things up.

Why Sprouts, Anyway?

Sprouts are part of the camelid family, making them a relative of cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli and kale. This super-green veg is rich in vitamins C and K—perfect for fending off those winter colds. As for sprouts' contentious taste, that's due to the presence of glucosinolates, natural compounds that give a characteristic bitter flavour. However, it's all about how you cook them.

The Traditional and the Unique: Festive Sprout Recipes Worth a Try

For the traditionalists amongst you, there's nothing better than a classic buttery sprout side dish. Simmer your sprouts in salted water until slightly tender. Drain them and then take a hot pan with butter, a pinch of salt and black pepper. Sauté the sprouts until they're golden and crunchy. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice, and you're ready to serve.

If you're giving sprouts a second chance, why not do so with a twist? Roast them with root vegetables like carrots, parsnips and onions, coated with olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and a dash of balsamic vinegar. The hearty flavours of the root vegetables complement the sprouts beautifully, while the balsamic adds a touch of sweetness to counterbalance the bitterness. Sauté them with bacon lardons or for a spicy hit try chorizo chunks but for a truly decedent and colourful dish try this Pomegranate Brussels Sprouts Recipe.

Regardless of how you feel about sprouts, these recipes are worth giving a shot at this festive season. After all, it wouldn't be an authentic Christmas dinner experience without them. So, why not join in the fun and give sprouts a fresh chance?

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