Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Toasted Hazelnuts

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Were I to personify Brussels sprouts, the active disdain they usually receive would quickly put them into therapy. Ten years ago, if asked to rate them, most folks would put sprouts into a nose-up, thumbs-down category. The problem was never with the sprouts, it was with the way in which they were prepared. The popularity of this pungent cabbage has grown, due largely to creative cooks whose recipes have changed the way we handle them. I also have a sneaking suspicion that milder, more appealing varieties of sprouts now reach our markets. The Silver Fox happens to love them, so they have always had a spot on our Thanksgiving table. I served them several weeks ago as part of our early celebration, using a new recipe that I chose because it was so easy to make. They were also very good. I found the recipe when I stumbled on the website of Chloe Coscarelli, a vegan chef and food writer whose recipes can be found here. These sprouts are roasted at high heat and their natural sugars caramelize as they bake. A final toss with maple syrup and hazelnuts takes them to a level that makes them worthy of a place on your holiday table. If you are looking for a new way to prepare Brussels sprouts I hope you'll give this very easy recipe a try. Here's how they are made.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Maple Syrup and Toasted Hazelnuts...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Chloe Coscarelli

1-1/2 pounds brussels sprouts
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon (or 10 grinds) black pepper
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 to 1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)

1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2) Remove any yellow or brown leaves from brussels sprouts. Remove stems and cut them in half.
3) In a large bowl, toss brussels sprouts, olive oil, salt and pepper together. Once all of the brussels sprouts are coated in oil, spread them into a 9- by 13-inch (or larger) baking dish or sheet tray to roast.
4) Roast for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, stir brussels sprouts with a spatula or large spoon to assure even browning. Continue to roast for another 30 minutes. Stir in maple syrup. (Steps 1 through 4 can be done a day in advance; store covered in the refrigerator. Continue with Steps 5 and 6 right before serving.)
5) Continue to roast brussels sprouts for about 15 more minutes, or until they are fork tender.
6) Toss roasted brussels sprouts with hazelnuts and serve. Yield: 6 servings.

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David said...

Mary, I love brussels sprouts, especially when they've been roasted and they're carmelized. The maple syrup and toasted hazelnuts add another dimension to this staple in our household. Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Hovkonditorn said...

Brussels sprouts are for me Christmas :) This looks really delicious!


This is going on my Thanksgiving menu. Thanks, Mary.


Anonymous said...

the photo is amazing, I will try this, we love them any which way prepared!

Jenn said...

I have never liked brussels sprouts, but this version may have me changing my mind. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

Patricia said...

I will try this. I love brussels sprouts, and usually braise them with balsamic vinegar but this sounds wonderful!

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Yes, I"m quite surprised that brussels sprouts don't have an inferiority complex for all the bad rap they've received! I love them too and could eat this version for a whole meal!

Joanne said...

I am such a brussels sprout addict at this time of year, especially when paired with maple! Yum!

An Eye for Detail said...

Brussel sprouts are a favorite in our house...and anything with real maple syrup has to be a winner! I will try these for Thanksgiving: thanks!
And yes, that picture of the President is wonderful. What a night that was!

Phil in the Kitchen said...

To be honest, it takes a quite a lot to persuade me to look forward to eating the controversial sprout but this would do it. Sound delicious.

Chinese restaurant Brisbane said...

This is perfect recipe for Brussels Sprouts, i like that combo!

tender b. said...

I love brussels with toasted nuts.

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