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Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

Have you ever been to the market and seen Brussels sprouts on the stalk, and walked right by because you have no idea what to do with them?  I knew that feeling… until one day I was brave and bought a stalk.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it is a long stalk that is about two feet long, with little mini cabbages attached.  I was too lazy to cut each Brussels sprout off the stalk and cook them so I came up with the recipe here, where you lightly steam them in a fish steamer and then throw them on the grill for a nice char.  The results were delicious.  The first time I made these I served them on a platter, still on the stalk, as an appetizer.  The second time I took them to a dinner party and we served it as a side on the buffet.  Both times received rave reviews, so I thought I would share with all of you!

Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk


  • 1 stalk of fresh Brussels sprouts (I buy them at Trader Joe's when in season)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Cut the Brussels sprouts stalk in two pieces. Prepare a large steamer pot for steaming. I use an oblong fish steamer, but you could use a large pot as well. You can also cook them in more than one batch if your pot isn't big enough. Steam the stalks for about 5 minutes and remove. Place the steamed stalks on a pan.
  3. Mix olive oil and balsamic in a small bowl. Use a basting brush to brush the olive oil and vinegar mixture on the Brussels sprouts until well coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer the stalks to a hot grill, and grill each side (about 4 minutes per side) until the Brussels sprouts have a nice char all the way around.
  5. Serve on a platter with a knife and a pair of tongs so that everyone can cut off their portion.
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