Let us collectively shed a tear for the poor, maligned, overcooked vegetable kingdom—or anything else that made us wince as a kid. Whether from Brussels sprouts, liver, or oatmeal, we all managed to get squeamish one way or another. The good news is that over time most of us developed a palate for things we once described as, diplomatically, an “acquired taste.”
We asked around America’s Test Kitchen on what foods they formerly despised as a child, but ended up growing to love. Here’s a smattering:
Brussels sprouts and red beets. Hated them both as a child (the brussels sprouts reminded me of the alien eggs in Alien; I was always waiting for a facehugger to burst out and attack me). Now I can’t get enough of them. In fact, roast them with some olive oil and sea salt, slap them on a plate, and sprinkle a little goat cheese on my beets and color me happy.
Onions! I thought I hated them growing up because my older sister wouldn’t eat them and I always wanted to do everything just like her.
Chopped chicken liver, brussels sprouts, gherkins, sauerkraut, whole-grain mustard—anything sour or heavily spiced. I wouldn’t even eat sloppy Joes, but demanded ground beef mixed with only ketchup when sloppy Joes or chili was on the menu at home. Why did anyone in my family put up with this? They joke now that I will eat anything that isn’t moving.
As a kid I once sat out on the roof to protest the presence of peas in the tuna casserole, and I still don’t love peas, but they no longer provoke me to acts of civil disobedience.
And now for the Silly Question of the Day…
What is something that you hated eating as a kid, but now love?
Leave your silly answer in the comments!