But lately I've been forcing myself to try new things. Like red wine (which I never thought I liked before!) and oysters! So when I was out with a certain bald, bespectacled writer and came across brussels sprouts on the menu at a fancy restaurant, I ordered them.
And they were ... delightful. Imagine my surprise!
So the next time I was at Trader Joe's, I bought some.
Instead of following the microwave-in-bag instructions, I decided to do my own thang.
My thang, naturally, involved BACON.
Here's the recipe:
A bunch of brussels sprouts, rinsed
2 Tablespoons bacon grease
2 Tablespoons butter
I Tablespoon olive oil
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Adjust your oven racks so one is on the bottom position and one is on the top.
Place sprouts in a shallow bowl with a tablespoon of water and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 2-3 minutes. You probably won't notice a difference after this step, but it seems to make the sprouts more tender after the roasting.
Melt the butter and bacon grease in a microwavable bowl and then add the olive oil. Brush a thin layer of this mix over your thinest single-layer baking sheet. (NOT an air-filled baking sheet!) Sprinkle the sheet with salt and pepper.
Slice the brussels sprouts in half and place cut-side down on your baking sheet, like so. Brush the rest of the bacon-butter mixture over the tops and dust them with salt and pepper. Bake - ON THE LOWEST RACK - for 10-15 minutes. Once the bottoms are nice and brown, move the tray to the HIGHEST rack and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
Voila. Not your momma's brussels sprouts!
You'll notice this is pretty much the exact same recipe I use for my roasted cauliflower (which is equally delicious) only with the addition of bacon grease. Because everything is better with bacon.