I hate Brussels sprouts. My aversion to “The Sprouts” goes back to elementary school days when my parents and grandparents insisted I follow the Clean Plate Club and eat every bite of food placed in front of me and that included Brussels sprouts.
As a kid, I wasn’t considered a picky eater. I choked down chicken liver with onions, Vienna sausages, overcooked vegetables, tuna noodle casserole, fried bologna, and canned ham. I ate it all. But disgusting tiny, green, soggy, lettuce balls? Barf!
Even the name alone irked me, “Brussels sprouts. “ What’s with the capital B and the extra ‘s’ at the end? No other vegetable gets the right to have a capital. It’s so uppity.
First, I searched for recipes with loads of cheese and bacon. These extra ingredients have been proven to convince the most finicky eater to give it a try.
In the opinion of the Internet chefs, people hate the sprouts because they are usually overcooked and often from a box of frozen contents. I followed the recipe, blanching the little buggers for 3-5 minutes then dousing in ice water. Bright, green cabbages are more appealing.
Next, I whipped a mixture of milk, flour and Parmesan cheese to a thick, gooey consistency. I poured it on top and baked for 20 minutes. Bingo! It looked edible and a tiny bit tasty. Served with steak and salad, it made the perfect accompaniment.
Tonight’s meal was poorly attended. My son begged out and invited himself to a friend’s for dinner. My husband sat down, took one look at his plate and said, “Fine. I’ll try one.” He skewered half a sprout, plunked it in his mouth and said, “It wasn’t as bad as I thought but I’m not eating any more.”
I scooped up a few with a fork but paused near my lips. I threw up a little in my mouth. It wasn’t too bad but the bitter aftertaste bubbled up into my throat.
I could only finish half a small portion but have upgraded my original opinion from hate to dislike. Final verdict, you can keep ‘em!
For the recipe, click on the link below.
What about you? Do you have foods from your childhood you detest?