I am always intrigued when I find something new. I love making new discoveries, especially when it comes to new foods. I was in the grocery store just the other day, and I saw purple Brussels sprouts. I couldn’t believe it. I had never seen anything like that before, but there they were, looking right at me, begging me to buy them and to cook the up. It was funny, when I first saw them, I had commented to someone who was standing next to me, and she looked at me like I was from the zoo. She was not having any of this purple Brussels spout stuff at all. My curiosity and this lady’s disdain for them definitely played a large part in my buying them. Of course I had to oblige. I am glad I did too.
Purple Brussels Sprouts
Regular Brussels Spouts
What is the difference between the purple and green you might ask? I am asking the same questions. I had never seen, or heard of them before. They are basically the same, with just a few slight and subtle differences. The purple are slightly sweeter than the green and they are not as pungent. The purples like warmer weather. They are not so prevalent in colder temperatures, or at least not during the colder months. Other than that, the purples and the greens are basically the same. You cook them the same too, although the purples can turn a bit blue when cooked.
One of my favorite ways to eat Brussels sprouts is to roast them. And that is exactly what I did this time too. I roasted them with some olive oil, salt & pepper, garlic, shallots and bacon. They were oh so good too.
I just tossed everything together and put them on a baking sheet and roasted them at 425* F or about 240* C for about 30-40 minutes, turning them at about the halfway point. Then they were ready to eat and enjoy, and that we did.
Dinner was a chuck roast with chimichurri sauce, garlic and Parmigiano smashed red potatoes and these delicious roasted Brussels sprouts, with some warmed ciabatta and a hearty red wine on the side. It was a perfectly warm dinner for a dreadfully cold night. Delicious!
Stay warm, stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.