This is the season for fresh Brussels sprouts.

If you haven’t discovered quickly steaming or roasting them, you’re missing out. For years, we overcooked them and they were strong-tasting and bitter. If you cook them properly, they’re mild and delicious.

First, remove the discolored outer leaves then soak the Brussels sprouts in a bowl of lukewarm water for a few minutes to release the grit from the leaves. After that, place them in a strainer and rinse under cold water. Then it’s time to prepare them for cooking.

This is a simple and delicious dish you may want to keep for the holidays. The steamed Brussels sprouts are mixed with a cream sauce. They’re coated with — but not swimming in — a rich cheese sauce. The dish is garnished with toasted bread crumbs and sliced almonds.