I didn't like Brussels Sprouts until my second year of culinary school. One student was preparing "family meal" before our dinner service and decided to cook up some sauteed brussels sprouts with bacon and garlic. Crunchy, full of bacon flavor, and not at all smelly, I was instantly hooked as I shoveled another forkful into my mouth. So naturally, after trying sauteed brussels sprouts I had to look for other kinds of cooking methods I liked to use when preparing these small cabbages. Roasted is great, even finely shaven in a salad is good, but nothing compares to pickling brussels sprouts. That's right, brussels sprout pickles are real and your bloody mary will never be the same.
What Are Pickled Brussels Sprouts?
Pickled brussels sprouts are exactly what they sound like -brussels sprouts that have been pickled. Most pickling recipes include white vinegar, boiling water, and flavorings like black peppercorns, garlic cloves, mustard seeds, and even jalapenos. Sometimes a bay leaf is added as well as pickling spice.
Where to Find Brussels Sprouts Pickles
Since pickled brussels sprouts are a bit more unusual than your run-of-the-mill cucumber pickle, you might have to look a little bit harder for them. Farmers markets are always a great place to look as well as Amazon, who sell J&A Pickled Sweet Brussels Sprouts with Prime shipping.
How To Make Your Own Pickled Brussels Sprouts
Making your own pickled brussels sprouts recipe at home is simple and a lot of fun! Once you have your pint-jars or canning jars sanitized, add in halved brussels sprouts, flavorings, and a vinegar mixture of white vinegar and water. Seal the lids tight and boil the jars to process for about ten minutes. Once cooled to room temperature, place the jars in a cool, dark space and wait at least 3 weeks to open.