Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Recipe ReDux: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries

This month's Recipe ReDux was all about revamping vintage side dishes. What better theme right before we head into the holidays?

As I was thinking about what to write for this post, I realized I don't actually make a lot of side dishes. I love making creative main dishes, but simple veggies, brown rice and quinoa usually serve as the sides. But adding a little twist to your mainstay veggies and healthy carbs is sometimes all you need to make a meal amazing.

I completely hated Brussels sprouts up until a few years ago, when Matt forced me to stop being a baby and try them again. I'd only ever had them out of a frozen bag and boiled to death, then served up looking slightly mushy and very unappetizing. Vintage Brussels sprouts = blech. But roasting them brings them to a whole new level.

I actually love them roasted plain with salt and pepper, but for this dish I added some dried cranberries as well in honor of the season. Toasted walnuts would also be a great addition.

These are so good that I actually ate an entire bowl for dinner one night when I was home by myself. No carbs, no protein, just a big bowl of dressed up sprouts. Delicious!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries

Serves 2

4 cups Brussels sprouts, stems trimmed and cut in quarters
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine quartered Brussels sprouts with all other ingredients; toss to combine. Make sure all sprouts are equally coated with olive oil.

Transfer mixture to a sheet pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sprouts become caramelized and slightly crisp on the edges.

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  1. Like you, I used to not like Brussels sprouts, but now I love them! Roasting is the best way to make them in my opinion. One question - the dried cranberries didn't burn when you roasted them with the Brussels? When I have roasted things with cranberries before the cranberries burn, so I always have to add them at the end.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Hi Jessica - agreed, roasting is the way to go! The cranberries didn't burn on me, but it's probably because they were coated well with olive oil and I turned them often. If they are too dry, they will definitely burn. It may also depend on the oven itself. The dish will turn out fine if you add the cranberries at the end to be on the safe side, though (I'd still put them in the oven for a couple minutes so they have a chance to plump up and get juicy). Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. That recipe is so easy. I think by quartering the Brussels sprouts, you're more likely to achieve perfectly caramelized sprouts. Yum. I am making a Brussels sprouts gratin for Thanksgiving and have been cleaning, trimming, and slicing sprouts all afternoon :)

    1. Quartering definitely helps get more crispy edges. :) Brussels sprouts gratin - that sounds delicious!

  4. You sound exactly like me! I always hated (or thought I hated) Brussels sprouts until finally trying them roasted in a restaurant. You can improve the flavor of just about any veggie by roasting, in my book! Look forward to continuing to expand my Brussels sprouts horizons with this recipe :)

  5. Brussels Sprouts do have a bad name, don't they. I agree they are delicious when cooked properly - I need to try them roasted. YUM!

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