Sprouts have a sweet, nutty flavour, and taste great raw or cooked. Sprouts do cook quickly and can become bitter and mushy when overdone, so do make sure you watch them carefully! Although they should be firm, a sharp knife should still easily slide into the stem. Brussels sprouts are a classic accompaniment to traditional Christmas dinner – experiment with a crisp Parmesan crust or top with a pancetta crumb. If you have leftover sprouts after Christmas, shred and stir into this creamy sprout colcannon.