Roasted Caramelized Brussels Sprout Salad: Thanksgiving Side

Roasted anything is delicious. Roasted Brussels sprouts is hands down the most delicious of all! Their little leaves become crispy like potato chips. Drizzled in maple syrup and sprinkled with chili powder, this smokey sweet treat is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving. I began making this dish a few years ago as simply roasted Brussels sprouts, but by the time they were served they were no longer hot and had lost some of their crisp - in a way losing some of their pitzaz. I then had the genius idea to turn it into a salad.  A sprinkle of feta, some chopped red onion, and some balsamic glaze and BAM. The pitzaz is back. 

 

Similar the Roasted Sweet Potato and Browned Butter, this is another side dish that is not only seasonally appropriate for Thanksgiving but pairs well with the earthy yet soft fruity notes of Unionville Vineyards's Pinot Noir Reserve

 

Ingredients: 

3 lbs of Brussels sprouts halved - the key here is uniform size

1/2 tbsp maple syrup 

1 tbsp of olive oil 

1 tsp of chili powder

1/4 cup of feta cheese

1 tsp of salt

1 tsp of cracked black pepper

1 red onion - minced 

balsamic glaze 

 

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 400F. While the oven is preheating prepare the Brussels sprouts. Using a sharp knife, cut off the woody end. Remove any damaged outer leaves and cut in half

 

 

  • Place the Brussels sprouts in a mixing bowl and add the olive oil, chili powder, salt and fresh cracked pepper. 

 

 

  • Place the Brussels sprouts on a sheet pan and put in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Shake the pan every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking. When the Brussels sprouts are finished they will be slightly browned and crispy.

 

 

  • When the Brussels sprouts are finished remove from the oven. Toss in a mixing bowl with the minced onion and 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup. Salt and pepper to taste.  
  • Transfer the Brussels sprouts to a serving bowl and top with feta cheese and a generous drizzle of balsamic glaze. Serve along side your Thanksgiving dinner or as a side to any meal for an extra special pop! 

 


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