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Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I don’t know what happened to September, but here we are… in October already! The mornings are starting to get chilly in Iowa, and it was about 40 degrees outside when I  went to my local farmer’s market this past weekend, armed with a large cup of coffee in hand. I had brussel sprouts in mind.  I fell in love with brussels sprouts last year, when one of my last CSA box deliveries for the season brought me a small pint of these little cabbages. I didn’t know what to do with them (and frankly.. a bit terrified!). I quickly got over my fear and made these Brussel Sprouts Lardons. I was floored and pleasantly surprised by how delicious they were. They weren’t bitter at all, and I liked how tender their outer leaves become when cooked in broth, with still a bit of crispiness in the inside.  I picked up a couple stalks of them at the farmer’s market the following weekend, which happened to be the last weekend of our outdoor farmer’s market.  That’s when my love affair with these little gems started. This time, however, I sauteed them in high heat and added a combo of maple syrup, apple juice, and balsamic vinegar to add some sweetness and a bit of tang. This recipe was equally simple and quick to make as these Brussel Sprouts Lardons. If you haven’t tried brussel sprouts, I’d like to invite you to try either one of these recipes… try a small pint for a starter, and see if will convert you like it did with me! :)

Slightly Adapted from Food and Wine

1/4 cup canola oil
2 -1/4 pounds baby brussels sprouts or regular brussels sprouts that are halved lengthwise
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons and softened
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 cup Grade A pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons apple juice
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


Heat the canola oil in a very large skillet until shimmering. Add the brussels sprouts and season with salt and pepper, then cook over high heat without stirring until they are browned, about 2 minutes. Add the unsalted butter and brown sugar and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the brown sugar is melted. Add the maple syrup and cook, stirring occasionally, until the brussels sprouts are just crisp-tender, about 7 minutes. Stir in the apple juice and balsamic vinegar.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the brussels sprouts to a bowl. Boil the cooking liquid over high heat until thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Pour the sauce over the brussels sprouts and serve.

Yield: 10 servings


17 Responses to “Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts”

  1. #
    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — October 2, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I love brussels sprouts :) These look delicious!

  2. #
    Courtney — October 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I don’t think I’ve had a brussel sprout since I was a kid. You do make them look tasty!

  3. #
    Sylvia@peachesanddonuts — October 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I’ve never took a liking to brussel sprouts but i think this recipe might just change my mind! Thanks for sharing!

  4. #
    Tracey — October 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I discovered I liked brussels sprouts a few years ago, but this version looks extra delicious! Anything with maple syrup is a sure win in my book :)

  5. #
    Carrie — October 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    these look amazing! I love yummy veggie recipes like this… I think I might be able to get my kiddos to eat them if I tell them there is Maple in it!

  6. #
    Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen — October 3, 2011 at 12:18 am

    hmm.. brussel sprouts… hmmm….

  7. #
    Anne — October 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

    You know I deleted this on my RSS feed. But then I couldn’t resist to come back and read. Now I can’t wait to make these! Hubby doesn’t like them, but maybe I can convert him. LOL

    • h2babe — October 3rd, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

      Glad you came back for it Anne, thanks for the comment! :)

  8. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — October 4, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Hi Yudith! I have Brussels sprouts in my fridge and I thought I should look up for some new recipe. And here I am looking at a great new recipe! Can’t wait to try. Maple syrup sounds like a fun and delicious idea. :-)

  9. #
    Ali — October 6, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Brussel sprouts have always been a delicacy in my home, your looks amazingly delicious. Love the photo.

  10. #
    Erin — October 6, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I have just discovered that I do, in fact, like brussels sprouts. And making them this way looks delicious!

  11. #
    Jenny @ Simcoe Street — October 7, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Love this! Featuring it on my blog today :)

    • h2babe — October 7th, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

      Thank you for the shout-out, Jenny!

  12. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — October 8, 2011 at 11:32 am

    What a way to do brussels sprouts! I love them with all my heart and I love finding new recipes.


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