Pac-Man Brussels Sprouts

October 19, 2011

Author Notes: So called because, well, look at the photo. I wish I could have uploaded a .wav file to play the music from the original arcade game to go along with it; failing that, you can just hum Weird Al Yankovich's song "Pac-Man", set to the tune of the Beatles' Tax Man. Soon to come: Space Invaders String Beans and Asteroids Artichokes.wssmom

Serves: 4


  • 1 pint brussels sprouts
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed, skin left on
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using a paring knife, cut the brussels spouts in half, and then cut out the core of each. This allows the leaves to separate a bit while cooking and get nice and crispy.
  2. Toss the sprouts with a bit of olive oil, spread on a baking sheet along with the smashed garlic cloves and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 20 minutes or so, until nice and golden. And crispy.

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8 Reviews

wendy P. November 19, 2012
What a clever idea! Love it!!
randomfoodie January 11, 2012
Good way to persuade the children to eat up their greens, assuming that they know PacMan.
susan G. October 20, 2011
I read the headnote looking for the story -- how did you get on this kick? (I pictured you cutting out a blemish, holding up the sprout, saying, That looks like...) We should have locals soon to try it with. I love the simplicity.
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wssmom November 3, 2011
LOL that's basically what happened Susan!
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wssmom October 19, 2011
Maybe we should do a version called Ms. Pac-Man ....... :)
Niknud October 19, 2011
I'm totally on board with your recipe. It's exactly the same way we make it in our house. I think roasting is the best way to do brussel sprouts - love to see the husband and the older son fight over the crispy outer leaves!
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wssmom October 19, 2011
You are so right -- the Spouse is now smitten with brussels sprouts prepared this way!!
inpatskitchen October 19, 2011
Simplicity at its best......and probably the only video game I know how to play!!!! (LOL)