Okay. Listen up. Here is something you gotta make. Because it's easy. It's good. It's relatively healthy. And because it turned me on to a whole new way of liking Brussels sprouts that doesn't involve roasting. Not that there is anything wrong with roasting. No siree Bob there is not.
So you go to the store, buy some Brussels sprouts, and cut them in half after removing the ends. I used about a 2 and a half pound bag. Throw them halved sprouts in the crockpot. Yes. I did say crockpot. Add a bit of olive oil. Not a ton. Just enough to very lightly coat. Salt and pepper of course, and then 1/3 cup of maple syrup. Put on the lid. Turn it on high. Walk away. Two hours later add some dried cranberries. I used 3/4 of a cup. Put the lid back on and leave it for 30 minutes. When you return they will be ready. Sprinkle with feta cheese after serving. You choose the amount. These are so good they should be illegal. They are not crispy like roasted. But they don't taste mushy either. Maybe because there is hardly any cooking liquid? Ah-mazing-ly delicious. The combination of the salty feta, tart cranberries, barely sweet essence of maple, and the slightly bitter/grassy flavor of the Brussels sprouts had me over the moon. We served ours with a pork chop. You put these on a plate and you got some fine dining - no matter what you pair them with.