I was in my twenties the first time I ever tried a Brussel sprout.
My mom was a great cook, and we ate a lot of fruits and vegetables, but when there was something she didn't like, she just didn't cook it. And she was never quiet about her dislikes.
Except for the liver (and, OK, the coconut) these are all things I like as an adult.
Plus, I have this rule that if my husband takes the time and effort to grow something in the garden, the least I can do is cook it and eat it... Although I have yet to figure out what to do with a rutabaga.
The Brussel sprouts stayed small this year. Fertilizer? Random almost-snowy weather? Who knows... But the small ones are tender and absolutely delicious.
And my favorite recipe is very simple.
With tiny Brussel sprouts, spread them out on a baking sheet. If they are larger than a quarter in diameter, you should cut them in half, lengthwise (Prime meridian, not equator).
Toss with olive oil and a little Kosher salt and roast in a very hot oven (425) for 12-15 minutes, stirring them occasionally to keep them from sticking.
Take them out when they have yummy brown bits, as shown below.
Put them in a bowl and toss them with a little Balsamic vinegar.
Then add some Parmesan cheese.
And serve! (here with pork tenderloin and orecchiette)
Even my mother eats them now :) And this may be my greatest culinary success ever.