Need a delicious side dish that is quick and easy to make? Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze is the perfect solution. This recipe includes only 5 ingredients and takes just 30 minutes to make. It's a healthy and delicious treat perfect for any occasion. Don't have time to cook? Look no further. Give this recipe a try, and you'll be glad you did.
Roasted Brussels Sprout with Balsamic Glaze: Perfect for Your Thanksgiving Table
Are you one of those people who can’t stand the sight of Brussels sprouts? If so, perhaps it’s because you haven’t tried them in a while. In recent years, chefs have found new ways to prepare this old-fashioned fall vegetable. Roasting Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar is one approach that makes them taste great. Whether you’re prepping for Thanksgiving dinner or have other plans for the holiday weekend, I can help.
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Why do people hate Brussels sprouts?
Over the last few years, my tastebuds have expanded to include several fruits and vegetables I hadn't considered as a child. Brussels sprouts, in particular, was a vegetable my mother always declared that she hated and would never make. In turn, I assumed I didn't like them either! It wasn't until I was a teenager and my friend's father made them with this balsamic reduction that I found a love for this forsaken vegetable.
Reasons To Try Brussels Sprouts
Brussel Sprouts tend to get a bad reputation amongst vegetables, as when they are boiled or steamed have no texture and can be bitter.
- Roasting brussels sprouts brings out the nutty undertones to give a rich flavor with crunchy and tender textures.
- It is the perfect side dish to go alongside any protein.
- It's found in the cruciferous family and it tastes similar to cabbage.
- Brussel sprouts have a lot of health benefits that you should know about: Brussels sprouts are rich in vitamins, minerals, and anti-cancer properties due to their sulfur content. They also contain compounds that can help fight against drug-resistance bacteria and parasites. Brussel sprouts also contain sulforaphane which is a compound found in broccoli that can help reduce anxiety and depression as well as promote brain health.
The trick to reducing the bitterness in Brussels sprouts is to use brown sugar or sweet syrup to offer a balance of flavors.
How do you prepare Brussels sprouts?
There are 4 different methods for cutting brussels sprouts before you cook them. You can either cut them in halves, quarters, shreds or just separate all the leaves.
What flavors pair well with Brussels sprouts?
Brussels sprouts are a versatile vegetable that can take on a variety of different flavors. When you think about a meal, remember all the different flavor zones on your tongue to balance flavors: Salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami.
- The tang of dijon mustard will battle the bitterness.
- Honey mustard gives brussels sprouts a sweetness level to balance out flavors.
- Whole-grain mustard can provide another texture layer to your dish.
- Fish Sauce:
- This ingredient is often overlooked but can provide a savory, salty bite for an Asian inspired dish.
- Use a sweet apple like a pink lady to add a sweet layer to your dish along with smoky ham or bacon.
- A tart granny smith apple is perfect alongside shredded brussels sprouts mixed with saurkraut for a bitter-tart balance.
- Apple cider when reduced down into a glaze amps up the sweetness with a little tart bite.
- Worcestershire Sauce:
- When I make steak, I love using Worcestershire as a marinade for my meat and add a few teaspoons into my vegetables to make a more cohesive meal.
How Do You Serve These Roasted Brussels Sprouts?
There are several ways to serve these roasted Brussels sprouts. The most popular way in my house is pork chops, specifically the Maple Balsamic Pork Chops as it uses the same glaze! You can also opt for boneless, skinless chicken breast or even salmon. Get creative and pair this with your favorite proteins.
How Many Points Are In This Recipe?
With the new Plan, points can vary for those with diabetes. Check your zero point foods. Points can also vary with different brands. Please use your recipe maker to determine your exact points.
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- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 lb Brussels Sprouts, , rinsed and cut in half
- ⅓ c Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 tbsp Walden Farm Maple Walnut Syrup
- 2 tbsp fat free Parmesan cheese, finely shredded (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400°, making sure the oven rack is in the center position
- In your oven-safe skillet, (I prefer cast iron), heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
- When the oil is hot (test by spritzing a little water and looking for a sizzle), add the brussels sprouts and season with salt and pepper. Stirring occasionally until the sprouts get a light brown coloring.
- Transfer the skillet into the preheated oven and roast for 15-20 minutes. Halfway through, stir them around. When they have a rich brown color, remove from the oven.
- As the brussels sprouts are roasting, make the balsamic glaze in a smaller skillet on the stove. Add the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup to the pan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer until it reduces down to a thick syrup.
- Serve on a plate with the balsamic glaze drizzed over top, sprinkle with finely shredded parmesan cheese.
If you really want to use cooking spray, you can to lower the points, but for me, a 1 point difference is worth the flavor.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Calories 176Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 2mgSodium 87mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 3gSugar 14gProtein 4g
*This is an automatic calculation by a third party app*
I highly suggest pairing this side dish with my Maple-Balsamic Pork Chops.
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