Discard any dry outside leaves from sprouts.
Using small sharp knife, cut a shallow "x" in bottom of each stem.
Combine sprouts and water in shallow 1 quart baking dish.
Cover and cook on High 7 minutes.
Let stand covered 3 to 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine butter and garlic in small glass measuring cup and cook on High 1 to 2 minutes.
Drain water from sprouts.
Add butter mixture, salt and pepper to taste and toss lightly to coat.
Add cheese and toss again.