Friday, June 1, 2012

Crispy Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Maple Pecan Dressing

Brussel sprouts are DELICIOUS! I just thought I should mention that first before you skip this post. I can count on one hand the number of times I've eaten them, and it's just one of those vegetables that I just don't think about, and is easy to miss at the vegetable section of the supermarket because they don't sell a lot of them. They are also seasonal and are usually available around autumn to early winter in Australia. We were hunting high and low for brussel sprouts last December as we wanted to serve them for Christmas lunch, but they weren't in season then.  And so, when I came across them a few weeks ago at the supermarket, I was thrilled and grabbed a pack immediately.

I have never cooked brussel sprouts before this, but I've heard from G that they are great deep-fried and served with bacon. Well, I happened to have some maple syrup in the fridge and I thought, why not serve it with maple syrup instead? Anyway, maple syrup and bacon go together, so maple syrup should work with brussel sprouts too, right? Indeed, they were the perfect combination. I roasted the brussel sprouts until they were slightly caramelized, and a little charred round the edges, and then tossed them through with the maple and pecan dressing. It was soooo good, I kept eating it from the bowl as though it was popcorn. They were wonderfully sweet, tender and creamy on the inside, with just a subtle hint of bitterness. Even my 4-year old loved it! I also used the same dressing as a glaze for grilled salmon which I served it with along with some creamy buttery mashed potatoes. It's also great with steak (topped with sundried tomato butter!) and mash. Gee, I'm getting hungry already. I think I'm going to be shopping for brussel sprouts this weekend.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Maple Pecan Dressing


4 cups (450g or 1 pound) brussel sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
1 small red/spanish onion, cut into wedges, leaving the root end intact
2-3 tbsp olive oil
Salt and black pepper
1/4 cup chopped pecans

3 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp orange juice
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp soy sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 230C (450F). Toss brussel sprouts and onion wedges with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Lay them out in a single layer (cut-side up) on a lined baking tray. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes, turning once, until they are slightly browned and crisp.
  2. In the meantime, combine ingredients for dressing and place them in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer gently until it starts to reduce. Add pecans and continue to simmer until the sauce thickens to a syrup. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. When the brussel sprouts and onions are cooked, remove them from the oven immediately and place in a bowl. Toss with the maple pecan dressing. Serve with steak and mash potatoes or whatever you like! Or just enjoy it on its own!


Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Me too!!! I love Brussel sprouts and I don't know why this veggie is not popular. I need to try this maple pecan dressing. Just the sound of that name already made my mouth water. Yummy!!

lena said...

wow, you sounded them so good that i'm not thinking it as a side dish but more as a snack! eh, i think can consider as a main dish also..can make me stay lean! yay!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Fern, Brussels Sprouts are a favorite vegetable here and your recipe for them sounds especially delicious. The recipe will soon be moving from your kitchen to mine. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

A Little Yumminess said...

Love love love brussels sprouts. will try this soon!

Zoe said...

Try telling my son that Bruessel sprouts are delicious... This will be the most challenging task of the day. However, I bet that your delicious Brussels sprouts dish will easily convince him this idea :D

daphne said...

I have only recently discovered my love for brussel sprouts so I welcome this recipe!!! First time here- stop over from Lena's blog and love what u r doing!

MyFudo™ said...

I dont have a lot of options for Brussel Sprouts. I am happy I found this recipe. Thanks!

mycookinghut said...

I love brussel sprouts too! It's just delicious and doesn't need a lot of effort to prepare!

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

I'm so happy to know all you brussel sprout lovers! They are definitely super delicious (contrary to what I used to think of them before) and full of nutrients. Better eat more before they go out of season again :)

Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake said...

I love brussel sprouts too! I don't understand the people who don't like them...your recipe is fantastic!

Cathleen said...

I LOVE brussel sprouts. It`s a thanksgiving/christmas staple. But I have never tried them crispy before. This looks delicious!

Juliana said...

What a great way to serve Brussels the mixture of different textures and flavors...looks and sounds delicious.
Thanks for this recipe and hope you have a wonderful week ahead :)

Sook said...

I am a huge fan of brussels sprouts and oh my, the maple sauce sounds so good! I can't wait to try it!

Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies said...

We never had brussel sprouts growing up. Not something that you find in Indian cuisine. From what I saw growing up and watching TV was that they were horrible. Last couple of years I started eating them and we love them! Love how you've used maple syrup...going to have to give this a try!

Stephanie said...

Just made these and they are super delicious. Just starting eating Brussel sprouts and this by far is the best recipe I've tried. I did the sauce in the microwave and just kept stirring it until it got thick. I may try the sauce on other veggies that I roast. I think it would be great on butternut squash. Thanks for the recipe.

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

@Stephanie: I'm thrilled to hear that you loved them! It's my favourite too, and they are just great to snack on. Thanks for trying out this recipe!