I need help! I go out to restaurants and I can order absolutely succulent, crispy, crunchy, melt in your mouth brussel sprouts and I am completely incapable of reproducing them at home. I have tried to cook them just about every way I know how...I cut the bottoms off, remove any loose leaves, cut them in half lengthwise, toss them in light olive oil, sprinkle with salt and then roast in the oven at a lower temperature for a longer period of time (like 325 degree F for 45 minutes) or roast at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time (425 or even 480 degree F for ~30 minutes or less), roasted them cut side down and up, preheated the pan and not, I have broiled them at the top of my oven, sauteed them in a pan on the stove, I have even deep fried them and tried shaving them and I can NEVER get them crispy. I always end up with overcooked, soggy brussel sprouts and tossing them in a balsamic glaze (or something similar) always makes it even more soggy.
Please show me the light and give me the run down on how to make the best, crispy and flavorful brussel sprouts. Do I need to use small brussel sprouts over larger ones? Toss them in a different oil (perhaps canola)? Or perhaps just spray with oil to avoid putting too much oil on them? Do I need to pull apart the leaves to separate them before tossing with oil? Is oven roasting the way to go? If so, how hot and for how long? What internal temperature should the brussel sprouts be when I take them out so that they are not overcooked inside? Do I toss them in the oil and balsamic glaze first and then roast? Or oil first, then roast, then balsamic glaze and maybe broil to warm up the glaze and re-crisp? I need all the steps...no detail is too little! Help please!
Thank you, Michelle