Braised Brussels Sprouts with Nutmeg Scented White Sauce

Published November 1, 1995.

Why this recipe works:

When looking for the best and simplest Brussels sprouts recipe, we settled on braising, which produced tender, not-too-bitter, attractively green-colored Brussels sprouts with little fuss. Because braising in water was so successful, we tried braising in other liquids as well.

When looking for the best and simplest Brussels sprouts recipe, we settled on braising, which produced tender, not-too-bitter, attractively green-colored Brussels sprouts with little fuss. Because braising in water was so successful, we tried braising in other liquids as well.

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Serves 4

When buying Brussels sprouts, choose those with small, tight heads, no more than 1 1/2 inches in diameter, for the best flavor. Larger sprouts can often be trimmed of loose leaves along the stem and still be quite good; they cook best when cut in half. Scalding the milk makes it easier to blend in with the butter-flour mixture. There is little chance of lumping and the sauce comes to a boil more quickly as well.

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