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Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Admittedly, I have always been a fan brussel sprouts.  I know they don’t top the list of many people’s favorite vegetable; but for me, they have always been enjoyable.  Most of the time when people say they don’t like a veggie they have only had it cooked one way, and it probably wasn’t a good way.  Brussel sprouts are the perfect example of this; they are remembered as soggy, bland and pungently cabbage-like.  Well hold the phone, let me share the brussel sprouts I know and love.  Fresh brussel sprouts, roasted to perfection with a sweet balsamic reduction and crisp olive oil leaves bring a whole new dimension to these often misunderstood veggies. Fall is the perfect season to enjoy brussel sprouts.  For a unique and lovely addition to your Thanksgiving table, try serving the roasted sprouts alongside butternut squash with roasted garlic.  It will be a healthy, unexpected side dish that will keep your veggie lovers coming back to for more! Here are the super simple steps… Choose fresh, green and tight brussel sprouts.  Base your amount on your crowd size.  I love to make plenty so there’s leftovers!  Keep in mind you will cut the sprouts in at least half, if not quarter size, and they will loose some of their size as the cook.  (*My pictures reflect about 25 brussel spouts, and, mixed with squash, they fed my family of 3 one dinner meal and 2 lunch left over portions.)  Wash the brussel sprouts and drain dry. wash the brussel sproutsTrim off the stem end and slice in half.  If your brussel sprouts are larger, you will want to quarter.  Since you are roasting, try to keep pieces relatively equal in size.  You will want them to be easy to eat without additional cutting. de-stem and cut the brussel sprouts Place the cut brussel sprouts on a baking tray, evenly spread out.  Don’t worry if some of the leaves have come loose.  They will become dark crispy chips as they roast…YUM!  Drizzle olive oil and about 2 TBS of balsamic vinegar over the sprouts and season with salt and pepper – gently toss with your hands until all are evenly coated. coat brussel sprouts with seasoning Bake in a pre-heated oven at 425° for around 30 minutes, stirring and flipping about half way through.  The loose leaves will become dark brown and crispy, which is fine (and good), but the brussel sprouts will be finished cooking when the chunks are soft and easily able to cut or chew through.  Serve warm and enjoy!

roasted brussel sprouts up close
PS…The leftovers are amazing the next day!

 

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7 Responses to "Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts"

  • How to Cook Butternut Squash | Yonder Wild
    November 19, 2013 - 5:52 pm Reply

    […] that are super tasty!  You can eat them on their own, mix with other roasted vegetables (like Brussel Sprouts or Beets),  or even serve as a healthy side for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.   […]

  • Jennifer
    November 20, 2013 - 11:52 am Reply

    I am traveling for thanksgiving and these will need to be re-heated. Do they taste good reheated? I noticied that you mentioned that you do get leftovers with this recipe.

    • Rachel @YonderWild
      November 20, 2013 - 11:59 am Reply

      Absolutely! You don’t loose any flavor with a re-heat. You will loose some of the crispness though. I think you could combat that by sticking them under the broiler for a few minutes after re-heating. Otherwise, this makes a great “traveling” dish. I hope that yours turn out great – Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Put an Egg on It – Lunchtime Leftover Yumminess | Yonder Wild
    November 24, 2013 - 1:33 pm Reply

    […] Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Butternut Squash, with a clove or two of Roasted Garlic, sauteed Sweet Onions, and a sprinkle of shredded Mozzarella Cheese.  Top with a lightly fried, runny yolk Egg (either over easy or sunny side up) and season with coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper! […]

  • Lori Fontanes
    November 26, 2013 - 7:53 am Reply

    My mom & I were just discussing how to make the Brussels sprouts this year & you gave us a great, easy tip! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    • Rachel @YonderWild
      November 26, 2013 - 9:26 am Reply

      Happy Thanksgiving Lori! ….BTW – that was my Grandmother’s name and it always makes me smile when I write it :-)

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