Sprouts seem to be a bit like Marmite, you either really like them or you really don't. And I fall into the 'really don't' category. Over the years I've tried to disguise them in many ways, cooked with pancetta, cooked with chestnuts, stir fried or boiled. Still don't like them. Husband and daughter love them, can't understand why I don't. So when I charged the husband with the job of picking the sprouts off their stalks, he asked how many I needed. He figured most people would want at least six. SIX? I don't think so. One is more than enough for me! When you buy them on the stalk it is very deceiving how many there are, I had bought two stalks. Turns out you get about 50 sprouts on each stalk. I think we have more than enough.
Do you have a favourite vegetable that Christmas dinner HAS to have? For me it's parsnips, parboiled, dipped in flour and coated in parmesan cheese. Back in the oven for the cheese to crisp up. Yum. But it's also the roast potatoes. Crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle. Mind you, I'm quite partial to carrots cooked in the microwave with a few cubes of butter and some demerara sugar to make a glaze. And peas. Can't have roast turkey without peas. But I think I'll pass on the sprouts.