It’s a bit of a mystery how Brussels sprouts became one of the go-to veggies on the Thanksgiving menu — after all, they likely originated in ancient Rome, not the early Americas. We’re thankful that they did, though, and because fall is their true growing season, making them as welcome at our national harvest celebration as the more traditional corn and squashes.
You may have remembered the awesome grilled veggie tacos we posted over the summer featuring fresh veggies and herbs all from my local Food Lion. Well this fall I’m excited to see the continued abundance of affordably priced, fresh, seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs (with plenty of organic options) available at Food Lion. It got me inspired thinking about exciting new takes on traditional Thanksgiving sides, especially the Brussels sprouts!
It’s not as hard to see why these mini-cabbages became practically the candy of the vegetable world — somewhere along the way, someone figured out that roasting brings out their best. A full pan of these roasted beauties, with their warm, sweet flavor, will disappear quickly — they’re downright addictive!
For those who aren’t as crazy about kale as everyone else seems to be, Brussels sprouts, a cousin from the cruciferous vegetable family, is an appealing alternative. Packed with vitamins (especially K and C), minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, you’d do well to add them to your weekly repertoire all throughout the fall.
In this delectable dish, the Brussels sprouts are coated with a sweet apple cider glaze, with a hint of maple syrup and mustard. The optional pomegranate gives the dish a pop of color that’s really festive. This recipe makes a company-sized helping as a side dish. For everyday meals, it’s easy to cut the amount of all the ingredients in half.
Brussels sprouts are coated up in a sweet maple-cider glaze and roasted up to tender perfection to make this flavorful and festive fall side dish.
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch (or arrowroot)
- 1 cup fresh apple cider
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Seeds from 1/4 to 1/2 pomegranate, optional
- Preheat the oven to 400º F.
- Trim the ends from the Brussels sprouts. Cut larger ones in half; leave small ones whole. Remove and discard any discolored leaves.
- Line a roasting pan with baking parchment. Arrange the Brussels sprouts in a single layer and drizzle the olive oil evenly over them. Place the roasting pan in the oven.
- Start the glaze at once. Dissolve the cornstarch in a little of the cider.
- Heat the cider in a small saucepan. When it comes to a gentle simmer, whisk in the dissolved cornstarch and cook just until thickened.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in the maple syrup and mustard.
- Remove the roasting pan from the oven and pour the glaze over the Brussels sprouts, stirring continually — the nooks and crevices will absorb more than you’d expect!
- Return the sprouts to the oven and continue to roast for 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until touched with brown spots here and there.
- Season with salt and pepper while still in the pan, then transfer to a serving dish.
- If using pomegranate seeds for garnish, scatter over the top. Serve at once, or cover and keep warm until needed.
Variations: These are great with no garnish at all, but if you’d like to use something in place of the pomegranate seeds, consider pepitas (shelled roasted pumpkin seeds), toasted slivered almonds, or golden raisins.
Check out more great Thanksgiving recipes on Food Lion’s Recipe page.
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