Last Christmas my boyfriend and I cooked Brussels sprouts with a niece. She is a great protester of all things green on her plate. After standing on a chair to help us stir and seeing what it was like to cut the sprouts in half and season and salt them, she tried a few of these dreaded veggies. She ate three, which is a decent portion for a 7-year-old, I believe. (Me, I wouldn’t touch them as a kid). Good for her!
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
- Cut the sprouts in half. Discuss fractions and pizza pie while doing this. All kids know what 1/2 a pizza is!
- Warm oil in a frying pan.
- Lay your sprouts in the pan, flat side down, and get a good sear on them. Discuss what this means and ask your young chef to judge the ideal color brown with you.
- When the sear is at a good color brown (take votes among the cooks to decide), add a clove of minced garlic and stir for a minute.
- Add 1/4 inch of chicken stock. This steams the sprouts and makes them softer. Our niece is in second grade and learning about precipitation and condensation, so we discussed the steam accordingly.
- Add three short shakes of salt, then test to see if there is enough. Add more if needed.