Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts


The holiday season is RAPIDLY approaching in Canada! Our Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, with Christmas following closely behind.


When planning out a big holiday meal, many people seem to agree that the sides are just as (if not more) important as the turkey, goose or ham.

Turnip dishes, mashed potatoes, stuffing; all these things make the meal! But I have NEVER liked boiled Brussels sprouts.

Brussels sprouts divide my family in half during the holidays. Some refuse to go without, some avoid like the plague. Brussels sprouts are REALLY good for you though, so I've been taken to preparing them in this delicious way that will convert even the most steadfast of nonbelievers!

Get ready for a delicious, sweet and salty twist on Brussels Sprouts!



Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts (serves 4 - as a side)

Ingredients

  • 4 handfuls of Brussels Sprouts
  • 1/4 cup chicken (or veg) soup broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 apple (use a crisp firm apple like a Gala or Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 of a sweet onion
  • 3-4 pieces of bacon, raw
  • cracked salt to taste
Directions

1) Preheat your oven to 400F. Cut your Brussels Sprouts in half, lengthwise, and add to a baking dish that's just large enough so that they form a single layer. Core your apple (keep the peel on) and chop into 1" square pieces and add to dish. Dice your onions and add as well.

2) Add soup broth, oil and maple syrup to your baking dish, and then crack salt over top. Use your hands to mix well over your vegetables. 

3) Take your raw bacon and chop roughly into 1" pieces. sprinkle evenly over your vegetables.


4) Place baking dish in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring once at halfway point.

5) When done baking, turn on the broiler for 3 minutes, if your veggies crisp up a bit on top that's ok!


You're ready to eat! Serve along side your favourite dish for a delicious twist on these family-dividing veggies. 

And of course you can forgo the bacon for a vegetarian-dish that's extra sweet!


What sides do you crave most during the holiday season!! I'd love to know as I'll be trying out all sorts of new sides this fall to come up with my favourites.

Whatever you enjoy most, cheers to you and yours during this most festive time of year!



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