Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt Brussels

Summer might be ending but you can still enjoy the food you love eating during this time for weeks to come! I have the most simple and delicious recipe for brussels sprouts to keep your summer cooking alive but most importantly, it's cost efficient. Another plus is that the ingredients are all common so you will likely already have them in your own kitchen or use them again, at the very least. This is a great dish to incorporate into any party you host and it will be the least of your cooking worries all night!

1 bag of Brussels Sprouts (approx 15 depending on your serving size)
Sea Salt (I typically use this kind)
Cracked Pepper (i really like mccormick)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Total Cost = $18.99

 after washing off your brussels sprouts, cut off the tips of the ends so they are fresh tasting. using your olive oil, sprinkle each of the tops (just enough to coat the brussels with the extra oil pooling below them in the bowl) and then mix them with your hands so each is lightly coated

douse the olive oil-coated brussels with your cracked pepper and sea salt but do this just enough so it covers the tops of each. once done, mix them again with your hands so the salt and pepper are evenly distributed among each brussels

take your brussels out of the mixing bowl and line them up on an ungreased baking pan. using the olive oil from the bottom of the bowl and drizzle what's left on top then lightly coat each with a bit of both salt and pepper to help them crisp in the oven

lastly, put your brussels in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and then let them cool for another 5 minutes after taking them out! when cooked, they should be soft in the middle and crispy on the outside. if you prefer that they were a little less cooked, reduce the time to 15 minutes and check on them after 10 minutes, to be sure. once cooled, sprinkle grated parmesan on top and enjoy!

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