Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Brussel Sprouts or Brussels Sprouts? (My New Favorite Vegetable, Whichever Way You Spell It)

I haven't posted any recipes for them yet, but a vegetable I'm really starting to like more than I ever did is brussel sprouts. I saw a recipe that looked very promising on Zen Foodism, one of the blogs I read reguarly, but I haven't tried it yet. I did try a recipe from Cooking Light for a pasta dish with brussel sprouts, but I gave it a thumbs down. I did take some leftover brussel sprouts from that recipe, put them in a plastic container, put a handful of cheese over and take it to school for lunch. At school I just heated it in the microwave for about 3 minutes, added salt and pepper, and it was delicious.

But here is the purpose for this post. I am seriously wondering which is the correct spelling, brussel sprouts or brussels sprouts. Since I talk about being a teacher, I don't like to make spelling or grammatical errors on my blog. Interestingly enough, when I searched I found it both ways. Even on, certainly a very reputable source, I found a recipe where it was spelled one way in the title and one way in the recipe! Due to the lack of consensus I have decided I'm going to spell it the way I say it, without the extra *s*. If someone can prove to me that I'm wrong, I will change my ways.

Here's a little more brussel sprouts information in case you're interested. Notice that this is NOT brussels sprouts information.
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  1. It's definitely Brussels sprouts after the city in Belgium. I would also capitalize as I would my Buffalo wings and my Denver omelette.

    I love Brussels sprouts. They're really good cooked in a combination of butter, soy sauce, and chicken stock. When they're just short of done, I remove the cover and let the liquid reduce to just a thin glaze.

  2. It's named after the city, so it's definitely Brussels, I would think.

    You didn't happen to try the Cooking Light recipe that I and Joe from Desert Culinary did, the one with penne, brussels, parmesan and bacon from the latest issue? There wasn't much flavor at all, and I couldn't get the white sauce to thicken...

    Happy Thanksgiving, Kalyn!

  3. I've always called it Brussel sprouts - maybe that's New England speak. Kalyn, Martha had a nice recipe in Entertaining?, trim the bottoms, then peel each little leaf off and saute in butter (or oil) with s/p and thyme. It cooks alot faster than the whole sprout. And it IS our family's fav on T'giving. I got my children to eat them by calling them Peter Rabbit's little cabbages and I guess it worked.

  4. I love the stuff. I never thought about how to spell it, since even if there was an "s" at the end. the next word being "sprout." But then again, that's just laziness :)

    i love brussel sprouts. i'm making some for thanksgiving, just trimmed at the bottom and roasted whole with olive oil, pancetta pieces, and roasted chestnuts, until the sprouts are blackened.

    I could eat a whole bowlful! But I like the parmesan idea, so I will have to set a aside a few and try this, too.

  5. It is so funny you wrote this post today. I was wondering the same thing! I always say "brussel" but realize "brussels" is correct because of the city.

    Guess it is just that time of year!

  6. Hi Kalyn,

    I spell it Brussels sprouts and i love it too. The way i sometimes cook it is boiled then drained, and on a pan heat a spoon of butter, throw in some chopped onions (small) and sliced bacon (small), fry until the bacon is browned then pour it on the Brussels sprouts and mix with a little mixed peppers.

    I like the sound of Brussels sprouts with parmesan cheese.

  7. I can see I am getting seriously outvoted on my spelling preference! Who knew it was named for the city?

  8. Thanks for the mention! We're on a major brussels sprouts kick here in San Diego, too. I bought another package yesterday. The other night I tried this recipe for a change:

    It was really yummy, too.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Kalyn!

  9. This is too funny! I'm writing a post right now about this, and so I googled it and found this. :) New brussels (and I prefer brussel) sprouts recipe coming up tomorrow if you still want...5 years later! Oh no wait, 7 years...somehow I just thought it was 2010. I should probably go to bed.

  10. Iris how funny that this came up on google so many years later.


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