Answer: oh yeah!!!
I always had bad experiences with brussels sprouts. My mom hates them, she never made them and I always thought they must be disgusting. As an adult, I was scared to try/make them. I used to work at a really nice restaurant and they would have brussels sprouts occasionally. I got up the nerve to try them, and they were great! I am sad that I was deprived them as a child.
But, they can be bitter, which is why some people think they are so gross. When brussels sprouts are overcooked they become bitter. So here is the trick to make non-bitter, delicious sprouts for dinner!
Parmesan Brussels Sprouts
10-15 brussels sprouts
2 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Remove a few outside leaves and cut off stem.
Cut the brussels sprouts in half.
Steam the brussel sprouts for about 5 minutes until soft, but still firm.
Remove from steam and quickly place in an ice bath (to keep green color and stop the cooking process.)
Heat saute pan with 2 tbsp butter and 2 cloves garlic minced
When butter is melted add brussel sprouts and saute for about 2 minutes. (Be careful, because after 10 minutes of total cook time the chemical in brussels sprouts called sinigrin will be released resulting in the bitter taste.)
Remove from heat and top with 1/4 cup grated Parmesan and salt and pepper.