|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 7g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 48mg||242%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Roasted Brussels sprouts have become a mainstay on restaurant menus as well as the dinner table—perhaps so much so that recipes featuring additional flavors are more than welcome. This quick-and-easy dish takes Brussels sprouts to the next level by roasting them with a mixture of balsamic vinegar and olive oil that is lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. The result is tender sprouts that develop a nice caramelized, crunchy exterior, which is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, whether it's for a weeknight meal, or as part of a holiday spread.
This recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free, making it an ideal side dish for holiday gatherings when you need to address various diet restrictions. It would also be a wonderful component of a meat-free holiday menu.
2 to 3 cups Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 dash coarse sea salt, or kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients. Heat the oven to 375 F.
Give the Brussels sprouts a rinse in cold water and dry on a paper towel.
Trim off the ends of the sprouts if they are large and firm. If they are smaller and more tender, just cut off the brown end. Pull off any loose outer leaves. Slice the sprouts in half lengthwise.
Place the Brussels sprouts in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet.
In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, salt, and pepper.
While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Whisk until combined.
Drizzle the oil-and-vinegar dressing over the sprouts, reserving a little for serving, and gently toss to coat.
Roast in the oven for 25 minutes, turning once. The sprouts are done when they are browned and caramelized.
Serve the Brussels sprouts with an extra drizzle of the dressing if you wish, but they are also delicious just as they are from the oven. Enjoy.
- Make sure to use sea salt or kosher salt rather than regular table salt. Kosher salt dissolves fast and disperses its flavor throughout food quickly, while sea salt contributes different flavor notes depending on the minerals it contains. You also absolutely must use freshly ground black pepper.
- While boiling Brussels sprouts brings out their bitter flavor, roasting them creates a nuttier taste. But even roasting can't rescue sprouts that have lingered in your refrigerator for weeks. Remember, the fresher the sprout, the sweeter the taste.
- After the Brussels sprouts have finished roasting, transfer to a bowl and toss with 1 teaspoon honey. Serve hot.
- Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the roasted sprouts to brighten the flavor.
- Mix chopped fresh herbs with the sprouts before roasting.
- Toss the roasted Brussels sprouts with toasted pine nuts and dairy-free Parmesan-style cheese.
- Turn your roasted sprouts into a salad by mixing them with minced garlic, halved cherry tomatoes, and 1-inch pieces of raw or blanched asparagus. Add more dressing, if desired, and chill until cold.
- Serve them as an appetizer with a side of grainy, Dijon, or spicy brown mustard for dipping.