Roasted Brussels Sprouts: High-Heat Roasting Gives Unique Flavor to A Colorful Side Dish

 

Who9_CB_BrusSprout_033587 doesn’t like Brussels sprouts? Actually most people I know. But once they experience my take on these baby cabbages I find that many Brussels sprouts naysayers become happy converts. I think I know the reason why.

Something happens to Brussels sprouts when they undergo high-heat roasting. They turn from a watery, blah-tasting green to become little gems, caramelized, slightly crisp on the outside and just cooked through on the inside. Really, all that is necessary is a light coating of olive oil and a good quality seasoning salt to bring all the flavors together.

If you are lucky enough to have any left over, you can use it to make a jewel of a vegetable salad with a glistening of your favorite vinaigrette. For an extra punch of flavor omit the pomegranate seeds and add some crumbled, crispy bacon bits just before serving— but make sure there are no vegetarians in the group.

This is a great side dish in the cooler months. For even more color and texture add 1/2 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces, to the sprouts, along with an extra tablespoon of olive oil, and roast until the carrots are tender .The pomegranate seeds look like tiny red jewels and offer a festive winter touch.

Serve the sprouts as a side dish for simple grilled meats, roasted chicken, or roasted lamb. You can double the recipe; use two baking sheets, place them on separate oven racks, and switch them halfway through the roasting time.

 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds

 

Serves 4 to 6

 

2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved if large

2 tablespoons olive oil

Favorite seasoning salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds for garnish

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Arrange the Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet with sides. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Using tongs, evenly coat the sprouts with the seasonings. Make sure that the sprouts all lay flat on the pan.

 

  1. Roast, turning the sprouts once with the tongs, for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. The timing will depend on the size of the sprouts.

 

  1. Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with pomegranate seeds, and serve immediately.

 

Advance Preparation: Make ahead up to 4 hours ahead through step 2. Cover and keep at room temperature. Reheat in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes.

 

 

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