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Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
This is a great recipe to add to your Thanksgiving meal. The brussels sprouts are roasted at a high temp so that wonderful caramelization develops and they’re so fast and easy to make. Halfway through baking, flip them over and drizzle with balsamic glaze or balsamic reduction (not the same as just straight balsamic vinegar) and a pinch of brown sugar to boost the caramelization factor. The outer edges of the sprouts are crunchy and crisp, while the inside is perfectly firm and juicy from the balsamic that seeps down with a savory and tangy bite from the balsamic. If you know someone who doesn’t like brussels sprouts, try this recipe and they’ll likely change their mind.
YIELD: serves 2 to 4
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: about 30 minutes, divided
TOTAL TIME: about 35 minutes
- about 1 1/4 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
- about 1/4 cup balsamic reduction or glaze (I used Trader Joe’s or make your own balsamic reduction)
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
- parmesan cheese, optional for garnishing
- toasted pistachios, optional for garnishing
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easier cleanup.
- Add the brussels sprouts to the baking sheet, evenly drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss with your hands to evenly coat. Arrange the sprouts with the cut-side (flat side) down and bake for about 18 minutes, or until the tops of some of the sprouts are turning light brown.
- Remove baking sheet from oven, flip sprouts over with a tongs, and evenly drizzle with balsamic and evenly sprinkle with brown sugar. You only need to put a tiny pinch of sugar on the top of each sprout. It helps with caramelization and takes the edge off the intensity of the balsamic and doesn’t make them taste sweet, but if you’re adverse to adding sugar, it can be omitted.
- Return baking sheet to oven and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until sprouts are as caramelized and browned as desired. Baking times will vary based on the size of the sprouts used, personal preference for doneness, oven and climate variances, etc. Keep a close eye on them in the last 10 minutes of baking because they can go from underdone to overdone and burnt in just a couple minutes. Optionally garnish with cheese or pistachios before serving. Brussels sprouts are best warm and fresh.
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