It’s hard to find someone who eagerly enjoys Brussels sprouts. The leafy green vegetables have a bad reputation, but it’s really unfounded. If cooked correctly, Brussels sprouts can be very tasty. The problem is that not many people know how to properly cook the vegetables. It turns out that all they really need is some tender loving care.

Follow this simple method and maybe you’ll discover you actually like Brussels sprouts after all.

They Really Aren’t Bitter

If your first experience with Brussels sprouts was when your mother boiled, steamed, or warmed them in the microwave, then you probably tasted bitter flavors and limp textures. The key to cooking the perfect Brussels sprouts is to get them nice and browned (caramelization at its finest), and extra crispy.

Pick the freshest Brussels sprouts you can find, preferably ones that are tightly compact, firm, and vivid green. The smaller the sprouts, the sweeter they are.

Here’s How To Cook Them

To begin cooking Brussels sprouts, massage them with oil. This will soften the leaves. Then, roast them. Slice off the hardened bottom stem and remove any tough outer leaves. Cut the sprouts in half and toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper for taste.

Roast the sprouts in a 400-degree oven for about 15 minutes until they have browned. They’ll be crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside. This will change your entire opinion of the infamous vegetables.

How To Eat Them

No one wants to eat Brussels sprouts by themselves. They need to be paired with protein. Try sautéing them with smoky bacon or sausage. The two flavors will complement each other in a way you have never imagined.

You never thought you’d love Brussels sprouts, but that’s all going to change. Try this recipe and you’ll soon be begging for more.