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My normal cooking method for Brussels sprouts is to steam them in a microwave steamer like this:

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I usually get a bag of the pre-cut sprouts, but this year I bought a stalk and I have some very large sprouts in the mix, so I'm concerned that they won't cook evenly throughout: either they'll be raw in the center, or they—and the smaller ones—will be overcooked on the outside.

Is there a better method I can use? Or could it be as simple as halving or quartering the large ones and cooking them as normal?

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Steaming is my favorite way to cook them, keeps the flavor in. I'd halve the really big ones and leave it at that, there's no need to get over-complicated with it. Some will be a bit more done but that's ok.

If you really want to jazz them up do a quick fry with them with a bit of butter, oil and slivered almonds and pine nuts. Yummy!

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Since I had some time to spare on the morning of Thanksgiving, I steamed some halved and some with a deep X like @Erik suggested. Both types came out pretty much the same as far as doneness, but it's easier to do one cut all the way through than two cuts partway through. –  Niall C. Nov 28 '12 at 0:06
    
Thanks for posting your results @NiallC., it's always good to have follow-up information! I've never tried the double-score method but I might if I want to preserve the look of the sprouts. –  GdD Nov 28 '12 at 9:29
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No personal experience with this, but I've heard of people making deep crosswise incisions in the base of the big sprouts in order to fix this. The incisions should be deep enough to reach into the heart of the sprout, so that the sprouts can open up a little bit on the base side as they steam. The steam and heat then reach the inside of the sprouts more easily and they cook more evenly.

(Googling for incisions base sprout confirms that there are lots of people out there who think this is true. Would love to hear from people with personal experience.)

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Good answer, Erik. Your description of what the cut does to the sprout as it steams is very informative. –  Kristina Lopez Nov 22 '12 at 17:46
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Or just cut the really big ones in half :-) –  SAJ14SAJ Nov 22 '12 at 22:14
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