Even people who love Brussels sprouts have to agree they are a divisive vegetable. When they appear on the dinner table, sprouts are as likely to be surreptitiously scraped into the trash as greeted with delight.
This makes one wonder: What was The New York Times thinking?John Sullivan/Ficker CC
As Thrillist reported, the Times recently tweeted its suggestion for a dish it’s sure will be, “your new favorite Thanksgiving appetizer.” The dish it seems to believe will leave your guests clamoring for more? Brussels sprouts sliders.
Your new favorite Thanksgiving appetizer: brussels sprouts sliders
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 20, 2017
Only slightly less complicated (and baffling) than peanut butter slices, the recipe truly stretches the definition of a slider. The Brussels sprouts are roasted and split in half — they’re the “buns” in the slider. The “burger” portion is really slices of seasoned tempeh, along with mustard and onion confit.
The Times wrote that Brussels sprouts sliders are a “creative and fun” way to achieve “pure umami goodness” at your Thanksgiving table. But based on the responses to the recommendation, people with real-world Thanksgiving experience disagree:
I would rather eat my own fingers.
— Kealan Patrick Burke (@KealanBurke) November 20, 2017
Why y’all trying to ruin Thanksgiving?
— Brennan (@bwalters90) November 20, 2017
Perfect way to get uninvited to future gatherings.
— me. (@blahzayskippy) November 20, 2017
Sometimes I think you don’t know me at all, NYT Cooking.
— Not Kathy Griffin (@kathy) November 20, 2017
In fact, some were outright nauseated at the suggestion:
Yum!!!! These would go great with some Tofurkey and a garbage can.
— Joe Seibert ? (@BlurryParts) November 20, 2017
Yes! I love eating food that tastes like the smell of dirty gym socks?
Nice try, though @nytimes ?
— AmusedMama (@2ndof10) November 21, 2017
In fairness, there were a few people who were interested in trying the dish:
These look amazing!! Brussel sprouts are associated with Thanksgiving to me, so thanks for the idea!
— Valerie Little (@bibliobratsche) November 20, 2017
But they were greatly outnumbered by those who could not fathom trying to serve Brussels sprouts sliders at a Thanksgiving gathering (or anywhere else for that matter):
When they say “Oh, you shouldn’t have gone to all the trouble” they’ll really mean it.
— Marlys Weiler (@Marlys481) November 20, 2017
— aKEMPnameSlickback (@KEMPSAIDWHAT) November 20, 2017
What do you think? Would these sliders be welcome at your Thanksgiving table, or would you be throwing away a lot of uneaten Brussels sprouts?