Families like routines and traditions, that is what I have come to learn. When I was a kid, we would always go to my Grandmothers for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, you name it. If there was a holiday associated with a certain day, it meant she would be hosting. Now that I am married (and living in a different country), we manage two families with two different sets of traditions. The one that has been working for us the past few years is that Josh’s parents will host Thanksgiving while we host Christmas. A staple for Josh and I at both of these events are these Brussels Sprouts.
This recipe is great to have as a side dish during a holiday meal, or simply when you want something green on the table. The sprouts themselves are crunchy yet soft, sweet and spicy, and the parmesan gives the best umami bomb. Parmesan is my favorite cheese in the world. Anytime I can put it on something, I am sold. This recipe depends a lot on how much you like of certain things, which makes it fun. You can make it mild or spice it up. Lemony or no lemon at all. The world is your oyster, or your sprout.