I live with a super taster: those lovely genetically predisposed people who can taste the bitter compounds in cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and brussle sprouts. All of a sudden you can't really 100% blame those kids who used to run at the sight or smell. But you know what helps get rid of that bitter taste (Drinking. Kidding)...Roasting.
Roasting is an easy cooking method that helps the natural sweetness shine in many fruits and veggies. And if you roast long enough, some veggies get a fabulous crisp outer layer. I'm not going so far as to call them as 'delicious' as potato chips are to most people (because that would be lying and Santa doesn't bring presents to liars). But the crisp outer leaves, lightly sweetened little cabbages dusted with sharp cheese and a drizzle of acidic and sweet balsamic?…. that's dietitian nutritionist potato chips right there. And to me, they are primo tasty.
The husband and I can eat these as a main dish of a meal. It's packed with fiber (feel full while eating less) and when tossed in a healthier fat like olive oil (holla beauty food) and dusted with a powerful cheese (feel satisfied with less)… it's just a smart and satisfying winter dish.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Balsamic & Parmesan
Makes 1-2 servings for a winter side dish or fabulous veggie feature
- 1 cup brussels sprouts
- 1.5 tablespoons olive oil (I used herb infused that I made at the Kinfolk workshop)
- pinch of sea salt
- 3 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
- reduced balsamic to drizzle (read this post on reducing balsamic vinegar)
Rinse brussels sprouts. Toss in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast in the oven at 350 F for about ten minutes, turning them over half way through. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and stir/toss on the pan. Return to the oven for 3-5 minutes or until the breadcrumbs become golden brown. Remove and plate. Sprinkle with cheese and drizzle with balsamic.
Are you a super taster? What do you roast?
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