Eat Your Vegetables: Sprouting taste

Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- A creamy, cheesy sauce accentuates the mild taste of lightly cooked Brussels sprouts.
Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- A creamy, cheesy sauce accentuates the mild taste of lightly cooked Brussels sprouts.

Corinne Cook

This is the season for fresh Brussels sprouts.

If you haven’t discovered quickly steaming or roasting them, you’re missing out. For years, we overcooked them and they were strong-tasting and bitter. If you cook them properly, they’re mild and delicious.

First, remove the discolored outer leaves then soak the Brussels sprouts in a bowl of lukewarm water for a few minutes to release the grit from the leaves. After that, place them in a strainer and rinse under cold water. Then it’s time to prepare them for cooking.

This is a simple and delicious dish you may want to keep for the holidays. The steamed Brussels sprouts are mixed with a cream sauce. They’re coated with — but not swimming in — a rich cheese sauce. The dish is garnished with toasted bread crumbs and sliced almonds.