Roasted Brussels Sprouts
November 17, 2015 12 Comments
How many of you out there hate Brussels Sprouts? I bet you are really looking forward to them on your Thanksgiving table.
To be honest, I used to hate them too! My family used to boil them and serve these smelly, mushy, ugly blobs onto my plate. yuck.
The problem is that when you boil them they seem to express more of the sulfurous taste associated with the cabbage family. Boiling Brussels Sprouts is a great way to destroy them.
What if you could turn your Brussels Sprouts into candy?
You heard me right! Candy! The sweetness of fresh Brussels Sprouts is best expressed by roasting them in the oven. This technique caramelizes the sugar in the Brussels Sprouts and all of a sudden you have a different food altogether.
Instead of a mushy blob, you have a crunchy side dish that will change your life. Really.
One important tip - do not buy Brussels Sprouts and leave them in your refrigerator for a week. This is an excellent way to ensure that they taste terrible. The fresher the Brussels Sprouts, the sweeter they will taste.
I did try one year to use roast frozen Brussels Sprouts but it did not work. Because they are blanched before they are frozen, they are a bit too wet to become crispy – even when I blasted them with heat. Stick with fresh Brussels Sprouts for this recipe.
You can serve them cold, room temperature or hot. These would make a great party snack with some toothpicks and some mustard dipping sauce on the side.
Some great additions:
- Sauteed onions and bacon
- Dried cranberries and pecans
- Balsamic vinegar drizzle after roasting
- Grated Parmesan
Also, you can roast a big batch and then toss them into salads or in your lunchbox for the week. Go buy some Brussels Sprouts! They are in season right now.
(P.S. share this post with all your Brussels Sprout hater pals - 161% of your daily value of Vitamin C, 9 % of Iron - they need to change their minds :)
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe
1 pound Brussels Sprouts
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
Heat your oven to 400 F. Cut off end of sprout and remove any loose leaves and then cut in half. Place Brussels sprouts in a rimmed baking sheet and mix with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix up with your hands and roast until fork tender - about 30-40 minutes.
One serving is 109 calories, 7.1 g fat, 10.2 g carbohydrates, 3.8 g protein, 4.3 g fiber, 29 mg sodium, 2 Points+
Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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