Maybe it was the memories of the way my Mom (sorry Mom) served them; kinda plain and mushy and with that brussel sprout taste.
Then suddenly, a while back, I had a craving, OUT OF THE BLUE , for brussel sprouts. It could have been Pinterest working it’s magic on me, because the food boards there are mighty powerful. I’m sure I pinned a recipe for balsamic brussel sprouts. I may have even licked the screen. Then I pinned one for garlic brussel sprouts and I knew I had to grab some at the store. That day. So I decided to make roasted garlic brussel sprouts with a spicy garlicky dip and that was it: I was hooked.
So here’s a super simple recipe, heavy on the garlic, the way I like it, but feel free to adjust to your liking.
What you need:
1 bag packaged brussel sprouts- washed, ends trimmed and cut in half
Salt and pepper
A few garlic cloves (I used about 7 total)
Mayo (about 6 tablespoons)
Pickles (garlic kosher dills are great but any kind will do. I only had hamburger dills tonight and it was perfectly delicious)
A fresh lemon to squeeze or lemon juice, about a teaspoon
Chop garlic into large pieces. I don’t mince, I don’t make baby pieces, I’m no chicken. I like nice BIG slices from a large clove. Use at least 3 cloves to taste.
Mix garlic with the cut brussel sprouts in a roasting pan.
Drizzle with olive oil. and by drizzle, I should say “heavy rain” instead. Coat them all well with oil but no so much as to form a lake they sit in. Add salt and pepper.
Roast in 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes, stirring once until nicely caramelized and browned.
Meanwhile, put about 6 tablespoons mayo in a small bowl, Squeeze about 1/4 lemon on it and add in diced pickles and 1 more clove chopped garlic- yes, here I cut(dice) them quite small. Stir well and serve as dip, or if you prefer, mix a spoonful or 2 lightly over a plate of brussel sprouts.
Don’t those look amazing? These are not your Mom’s brussel sprouts!
I served them with grilled chicken sandwiches on toasted rolls and used the rest of the garlic mayo dip on the sandwiches. It was YUMMY