Monday, February 11, 2013

Baked Parmesan Garlic Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts...

You know, that vegetable you used to oh-so-swiftly swipe off of your plate onto the floor for your dog when no one was looking...

Well, let me tell you, after you try this yummy recipe, poor little Spot will not be getting anymore brussel sprouts anytime soon..

These aren't your average boring brussel sprouts that make you cringe when you see/smell them. These are cheesy, crunchy, crispy, garlicky brussel sprouts that will change your whole entire outlook on this this poor ol' veggie that just for some reason has such a bad rep.

I promise the minute you smell these babies baking away in your oven, your bias on brussel sprouts will forever change and they will be a new addition to your family dinner!

15 medium- large brussel sprouts
5 garlic cloves, minced
Extra virgin olive oil, (drizzled)
4 TBS Parmesan cheese, shredded and divided
Freshly ground pepper
Kosher salt

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Rinse the brussel sprouts under cold water and pat dry.  Remove the bottom each brussel sprout (the hard stem) with a sharp knife.

Cut the brussel sprouts into quarters.  

Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Lay the brussel sprouts evenly in the baking dish.  Mince 5 garlic cloves and sprinkle over the brussel sprouts.  Drizzle olive oil (about 1 TBS) all over the brussel sprouts.  Sprinkle 3 TBS of the Parmesan cheese all over the brussel sprouts.  Sprinkle pepper and salt all over brussel sprouts.  Mix all of the ingredients together with your hands.    

Bake the brussel sprouts in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the brussel sprouts are tender when poked with a fork.  Frequently, mix the brussel sprouts with a spatula so they don't burn.  When the brussel sprouts are finally tender, quickly pull them out of the oven and sprinkle the remaining TBS of Parmesan cheese all over them.  Place them back in the oven and let the Parmesan cheese melt.  Once it has melted, pull the brussel sprouts out of the oven and serve! Enjoy! :)

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