I just love this time of year…the grilling, the outdoor parties, the picnics, the fires at night all make it so fun! Of course I love food, however, when I can cook and or eat my food outside…well that just brings it to a whole new level! Can you see me doing the happy dance? Really…I am! In addition to meats, I love using the grill for fish, seafood, veggies and fruits. For me, vegetables in particular take on amazing flavor when grilled.
As a kid, I wanted nothing, and I mean nothing to do with Brussels sprouts! If I even had a hint they were about to show up for dinner…I started to turn green myself. Well, I found out years later that was because my parents only served them boiled or from a bag (ouch). It’s a whole new world when you roast Brussels sprouts at a high temperature in the oven or pan fry them (especially with a bit of bacon or pancetta, fan-tastic). They have a whole new flavor and texture, trust me!
So with my love of the grill and my husbands and my enjoyment of brussel sprouts, I wondered about grilling them…and boy was I happy that I did! They were delish and will be a regular part of my grilling rotation this Spring, Summer and Fall.
The first time I made Brussels sprouts this way, they took quite a long time on the grill, so the next time I popped them in the microwave for 2 minutes to speed up the process and it was perfect, the were crisp-tender, not at all mushy, just the way we like them and the char on the outside was perfect. As I ate my dinner, I kept cutting my Brussels sprouts in half and dredging them through the sauce. So good…ok, now my tummy is rumbling and it’s pouring outside…what’s a gal to do?
Feel free to garnish them with some crumbled bacon and or a bit of lemon zest – you know what they say about bacon!
Happy Grilling! ~ Colleen