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Steamed Brussels Sprouts with Olive Oil and Garlic

Serves 4

I love Brussels sprouts and, although I prefer fresh, it is one of those vegetables that freezes well and the store-bought frozen sprouts, especially baby varieties, are very good. I often microwave them and add butter, but this is my favorite preparation. You can use the same microwave method for cooking fresh Brussels sprouts, adjusting the cooking time accordingly. This recipe can be made in any amount needed.


Place the olive oil and garlic in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for about 40 seconds, depending on the microwave wattage, or until garlic is slightly tender, being careful not to brown. Set aside. Cook sprouts in microwave according to package directions. (I like them a little more tender than the recommendation on the package.) Drain well. Add the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to the sprouts; stir well. Return to microwave and cook on high for one more minute.