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daisychainmail Sun 16-Nov-14 19:17:44

Quick, help:

How long should I boil the sprouts for?

PurpleWithRed Sun 16-Nov-14 19:20:20

If you haven't put them on yet for Xmas Day you may as well not bother...

About 10 mins then stick a fork in to test one

ShatnersBassoon Sun 16-Nov-14 19:20:51

Do you mean for Christmas dinner? They should be on by now.

5-8 minutes. I had some for dinner with braised beef and carrots and mash. Yum.

Summerisle1 Sun 16-Nov-14 19:20:59

Not long at all. Unless you like a gloopy green slime. I put them into boiling water for about 3-4 minutes.

ShatnersBassoon Sun 16-Nov-14 19:21:49

Weak minds think alike, Purple grin

Summerisle1 Sun 16-Nov-14 19:22:22

PS. That's fiercely boiling water, mind and start to time them when the water gets up to boiling again. None of your gentle simmering.

FTS123 Sun 16-Nov-14 19:22:32

10mins but check after 8

SauvignonBlanche Sun 16-Nov-14 19:22:41

Don't boil them, steam them for 5 minutes, tops.

NaiceNickname Sun 16-Nov-14 19:23:36

Mmmm sprouts, 8-10 mins in boiling really salty water. Love them, unfortunately they do not love me. House smells horrific the next morning, or if you listen to my DH - that night when he comes to bed and opens out bedroom door to be greeted by a green mist grin

alpacasosoft Sun 16-Nov-14 19:26:27

Plunge them into boiling salted water for 6 minutes- not a minute more then drain.

MehsMum Sun 16-Nov-14 19:29:49

You don't. You don't put sprouts on. You don't even buy sprouts.

Sprouts are the Devil's own evil miniature cabbages and are a form of torture, not a foodstuff.

DH loves them.

Dawndonnaagain Sun 16-Nov-14 19:30:52

I've had them on since Easter Sunday.

SmilesandPilesOfPresents Sun 16-Nov-14 19:32:08


Blanch them in boiling water for a few minutes. Finely slice them, melt garlic butter in a pan, add those bacon cubes (name escapes me --until I hit post--), add the shredded sprouts and saute for a few minutes until warmed through and tender. Season very well. Serve.

AhhhhhhryaOfGhostHouseSnark Sun 16-Nov-14 19:35:37

Lardons. smile Thats how I do my sprouts too, chestnuts are lovely with them too.

AhhhhhhryaOfGhostHouseSnark Sun 16-Nov-14 19:36:28

Although I don't finely chop mine, I do put a little cross in the bottom mind.

IUsedToBeAFlump Sun 16-Nov-14 19:36:51


SmilesandPilesOfPresents Sun 16-Nov-14 19:36:56

That's it!

Thank you

PiperIsTerrysChoclateOrange Sun 16-Nov-14 19:38:07

You are all doing it wrong.

Wash them to get rid of any dirt, trim the stalk a bit and cut in half toss them in oil with salt and pepper and roast between 30-40 minutes until golden brown

You can also add garlic and herbs.

SmilesandPilesOfPresents Sun 16-Nov-14 19:38:11

Seriously, try it, slice them then lightly fry them.

Bloody gorgeous in bubble and squeek the next day.

Sarkymare Sun 16-Nov-14 19:40:15

I'm with mehsmum on this. You just don't. Ever.


alpacasosoft Sun 16-Nov-14 19:42:53

God I bloody love them !

then you get to do sprout farts on DH leg all night - mwahahahha!

AhhhhhhryaOfGhostHouseSnark Sun 16-Nov-14 19:44:27

Oh yes, sprouts make the best bubble. <drools>

RedButtonhole Sun 16-Nov-14 19:49:00

I wasted 24 years off my life not eating sprouts.

Tried one last Christmas and now they are my favourite.

The ones in my local grocers are huge just now, they need a good 15 minutes shock

fredfredgeorgejnr Sun 16-Nov-14 19:51:08

Just steam them, if you need to fry them with bacon (pancetta is the name SmilesandPilesOfPresents now knows of course) to make you want to eat, just don't bother buying them!

EatDessertFirst Sun 16-Nov-14 19:53:25


Throw them in the bin. The evil green buggers are everywhere!!

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