I never liked steamed Brussel sprouts as a child because of the strong cabbage smell that comes with them, and I’m not too fond of the smell as a grow up either. But fried in plenty of butter (it really is the answer to anything) and served with sweet shallots (or fried bacon) the sprouts taste wonderful and you escape that awful smell. I actually think my younger self would have liked this!
Fried Brussel sprouts with shallots, serves 3-4
500 g trimmed Brussel sprouts
1 echalion shallots, finely chopped
3 tbsp salted butter
Wash and trim the sprouts and cook until soft in salted water. Drain. Melt half the butter in a frying pan and add the shallots. Fry slowly on low/medium heat until golden brown. Add the rest of the butter and fry the shallots for a few minutes. Season.