Baby Purple Brussels sprouts are compact, tightly enveloped leaves bound into a oval sphere-shaped bud ranging in diameter of a mere 1/2 inch when mature. Their leaves range from layers of deep purple to sea green with violet red tips and veins. Baby Purple Brussels sprouts have complex flavors of earth, nuts and slightly bittersweet overtures.
Classic cooking methods for Brussels sprouts include roasting, braising or pan frying them in butter with savory accoutrements such as garlic, shallots, thyme, rosemary and sage. Brussels sprouts take on the accompanying flavors which gives them more depth and appeal while also bringing sweetness to the Brussels sprouts. Slow roasting the sprouts in oil or butter is a great way to remove the sprout's natural bitterness. The smaller the sprout, the more sweet and the less bitter tendencies it will have. Purple Brussels sprouts can be added to casseroles, gratins, soups and they are a great addition to Winter roasted vegetable medleys. They can also be tossed into a warm Winter greens salad. Other great culinary matches include , cheese, cream, duck fat, eggs, ham, grapefruit, cider vinegar, lemon, hollandaise, maple, mushrooms, mustard, nutmeg, pepper, pistachios .