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Twinklestar 14.10.2015 18:47

Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Does anyone have a good way of cooking them with the least amount of stink?

I ask because I am cooking them for my client tomorrow on his request and really don't want to stink out his and the neighbours place too much.

I have looked them up online and I have seen suggestions such as roasting or panfrying.
It seems that the least amount of cooking time leads to less pong.
I can go with that, but as he needs to be careful of his diet, I thought to ask here if anyone has a low fat, stench reduced way of cooking the little blighters.

Not asking for miracles, but a good compromise, his wife will be very grateful too.
Thanks for any ideas.

st2lemans 14.10.2015 18:54

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
a) Steam, either stove top or in microwave

b) Bake/broil, with olive oil

As you want low-fat, go for the microwave, glass pan with cover or plastic wrap, or in a food bag.

Tom

John_H 14.10.2015 18:56

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Pan fry with butter and bacon bits and chestnuts .

Twinklestar 14.10.2015 19:00

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by st2lemans (Post 2466825)
a) Steam, either stove top or in microwave

b) Bake/broil, with olive oil

As you want low-fat, go for the microwave, glass pan with cover or plastic wrap, or in a food bag.

Tom

Thanks Tom, they have a microwave, any recommendations for for herbs/spices to go with them?
I like to jazz things up a bit where possible.
Time is of the essence as well.

NotAllThere 14.10.2015 19:03

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
http://www.insearchofheston.com/2013...for-christmas/

I hate sprouts, but this way it's not too bad.

hannah'sauntie 14.10.2015 19:04

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
All good advice. I think the important thing is not to cook them for too long.

Twinklestar 14.10.2015 19:04

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by John_H (Post 2466826)
Pan fry with butter and bacon bits and chestnuts .

Thanks john, yes, sounds really nice, just trying to keep the calories down, he's wheelchair bound and it's in his wife and caretakers interests to keep his weight managable.
I'll do this for myself tho :-)

Mélusine 14.10.2015 19:08

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hannah'sauntie (Post 2466832)
All good advice. I think the important thing is not to cook them for too long.

But then they are not so good :msnsick:

The whole point is to cook them until they get soft and melt in your mouth... Aaaaaaand the bonus is that they're easier to digest that way! Which means that while it stinks more when you cook them, it stinks way less when you digest them! :msncool:

Twinklestar 14.10.2015 19:09

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NotAllThere (Post 2466831)
http://www.insearchofheston.com/2013...for-christmas/

I hate sprouts, but this way it's not too bad.

I'm not a huge fan of them either, ever since when I was a sprog myself and had the misfortune to discover half a caterpillar in one ( I et the other half:msnsick:) but I am older and braver now and that does look really good.

Twinklestar 14.10.2015 19:14

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mélusine (Post 2466838)
But then they are not so good :msnsick:

The whole point is to cook them until they get soft and melt in your mouth... Aaaaaaand the bonus is that they're easier to digest that way! Which means that while it stinks more when you cook them, it stinks way less when you digest them! :msncool:

Hence my dilema!! He does need them to be soft enough to be managable for him to eat and of course if there are no after affects, we are all very grateful ( sorry tmi). At the same time, his wife and I are going to be eating them too, tricky little buggers they are.

hannah'sauntie 14.10.2015 19:15

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mélusine (Post 2466838)
But then they are not so good :msnsick:

The whole point is to cook them until they get soft and melt in your mouth... Aaaaaaand the bonus is that they're easier to digest that way! Which means that while it stinks more when you cook them, it stinks way less when you digest them! :msncool:

Actually, that's the way I like them too! I love sprouts.

My dad used to mash them with butter and black pepper, but that's not very helpful to Twinklestar's client!

PaddyG 14.10.2015 19:17

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Boil them for about 3 hours. Perfect.

AliceInWinterland 14.10.2015 19:22

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
My family's favourite meal is spaghetti and brussels sprouts.

We cook the trimmed sprouts in already boiling water for exactly 8 minutes (using a timer). Then drain immediately, and halve (careful to avoid burning your fingers) and let them steam with cut sides up for a couple of minutes, which makes them drier and ready to soak up a tasty sauce.

The sauce we like for this is a lemon cream sauce. You'll probably want a lighter alternative - but a tart flavour profile (olive oil, lemon juice, quark + parmesan for flavour) works very nicely with the spaghetti and sprouts. With 8 minutes cook time, the sprouts still have body, (and won't stink) but will collapse nicely in one's mouth, releasing a burst of the sauce as you bite down.

cannut 14.10.2015 19:22

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
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Originally Posted by PaddyG (Post 2466846)
Boil them for about 3 hours. Perfect.


Irish sprout soup ;)

Brass427 14.10.2015 19:26

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Twinklestar (Post 2466822)
Does anyone have a good way of cooking them with the least amount of stink?

I ask because I am cooking them for my client tomorrow on his request and really don't want to stink out his and the neighbours place too much.

I have looked them up online and I have seen suggestions such as roasting or panfrying.
It seems that the least amount of cooking time leads to less pong.
I can go with that, but as he needs to be careful of his diet, I thought to ask here if anyone has a low fat, stench reduced way of cooking the little blighters.

Not asking for miracles, but a good compromise, his wife will be very grateful too.
Thanks for any ideas.

I prefer to roast them with a bit of olive oil, but if your client is British I suggest you boil them for at least 30 minutes. :D

But if I understand correctly, you wish to cook them to reduce the intestinal side effect? What a novel idea. Why would you want to do that?

Twinklestar 14.10.2015 19:27

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PaddyG (Post 2466846)
Boil them for about 3 hours. Perfect.

My Mum used to do that, you could literally smell them for miles.

Twinklestar 14.10.2015 19:31

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AliceInWinterland (Post 2466849)
My family's favourite meal is spaghetti and brussels sprouts.

We cook the trimmed sprouts in already boiling water for exactly 8 minutes (using a timer). Then drain immediately, and halve (careful to avoid burning your fingers) and let them steam with cut sides up for a couple of minutes, which makes them drier and ready to soak up a tasty sauce.

The sauce we like for this is a lemon cream sauce. You'll probably want a lighter alternative - but a tart flavour profile (olive oil, lemon juice, quark + parmesan for flavour) works very nicely with the spaghetti and sprouts. With 8 minutes cook time, the sprouts still have body, (and won't stink) but will collapse nicely in one's mouth, releasing a burst of the sauce as you bite down.

Thank you very much, as he likes them so much I will try and make the time another time to do such a refined sounding serving of the humble sprout, great stuff.

TheSpouse 14.10.2015 19:33

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
I made them tonight actually with breaded chicken cutlets and a beurre blanc sauce with capers and mustard.

I just put them in a roasting pan with an equal amount of tiny potatoes, sprinkled generously with olive oil, salt, pepper and red chili flakes. Roasted them, stirring once, at 210 degrees for about 25 minutes. The outer leaves turn brown and crunchy but the inside is still green and soft.

I left the kitchen fan on while frying the cutlets and I think it helped with the smell. I would take a picture, but my phone is dead.

Sean Connery 14.10.2015 19:35

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
don't forget the smell after the consumption......you can only solve one problem......

3Wishes 14.10.2015 19:35

Re: Brussels sprouts. ( how to cook so they don't stink the whole place out).
 
Pressure cooker? Reduces cooking time and the smell is mostly contained at least until you open the lid. ;)


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