Oven-Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

CATEGORIES: Kate, Oven Baked, Vegetables
Last week when I was in Utah, I kept joking that Louisiana winters have made me soft–it was burn-your-face-off cold and windy. But really, while I was gone, it was still pretty darn cold here, too–when I finally made it back, I had the most incredibly gorgeous 1 1/2-hour drive home from the airport where it was clear and cold and the trees, especially the ones in the swamps, were all covered in ice. When I got out of the car at home, it was totally silent except for the icy branches clinking together and it was so magically melancholy because I knew the ice would melt and it would probably be soggy and brown the next day. Which it was.
I know, I know, this post is about Brussels sprouts and I’m yammering on about the stupid ice storm, right? My point is…unless it’s a winter fairytale outside, winter is winter and I’m always glad to see spring around the corner. So even though it’s only February and even though it’s only been genuinely cold here since November, I’m totally ready to welcome spring. Brussels sprouts are great at this time of year because they have kind of a wild, earthy smell that make spring feel like it’s right around the corner.
Brussels sprouts have kind of a bad reputation and it’s true, they can be a little strong. But I love roasting because they come out sweeter, less bitter, and a little crispy rather than mushy. Plus, they pack an amazing nutritional punch, especially when you use a little extra-virgin olive oil.
You can roast them a la Ina Garten with just some olive oil and Kosher salt, but I love it with some balsamic vinegar and garlic (almost exactly how we do our grilled asparagus!). You’ll need 1 lb. fresh Brussels sprouts (frozen sprouts aren’t great–they come out mushy and smelly), 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, some balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, Kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

Preheat your oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Rinse your sprouts.
Working one sprout at a time, cut off the tough end. At this point, you’ll probably notice some of the outer leaves begging you to pick them off. Do it. Just gently slip your fingers over the sprout and peel off anything that wants to come off. If the whole sprout is falling apart, toss it, but generally, you’ll get at least 2 leaves off of each sprout.

After you have deuglified the sprouts, slice them each in half and place them in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together some vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Pour it over the sprouts and toss them so they’re evenly coated.
Spread the sprouts onto the prepared baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes or until the sprouts are tender and a little crispy. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a little more vinegar and some more Kosher salt to taste. Serve immediately. Try to convince your children that they’re giants and they’re eating teeny tiny cabbages. It might work! My kids, however, were not convinced that they were giants or that they liked Brussels sprouts, but hey, I tried, right?
 

32 comments

  1. Patti–Definitely like tiny little cabbages. If you like cabbage, I bet you'll like these! 🙂

    Marya–Nope, it doesn't. In fact, my daughter only ate them because they smelled so good. Boiling or steaming, on the other hand…

  2. I happen to have a bag of brussels sprouts in the freezer (having never made them before, and they were on sale for a really good deal), but now I'm thinking I may have to throw them away and try again with fresh ones. These look SO good.

  3. I totally read this title as "Oven Roasted Atomic Brussel Sprouts" hahaha

    Guess what? I have never eaten a brussel sprout. Ever. I think it's time to be a grown up and make them!

  4. Does this version make the house smell of cooking brussel sprouts while it's cooking? That's the big complaint about brussel sprouts in my house — that they stink up everything…

  5. I just can't get myself to eat brussel sprouts. My mom always told me they were like little cabbages (I adore cabbage!)…yeah, they didn't smell like little cabbages so I wasn't buying it. My son on the other hand LOVES brussel sprouts, he has ever since he was little and Grandma fixed them for him.(at least she convinced someone, right?) He also really likes balsamic and garlic. Score!
    I may have to try these…they may be the recipe for brussel sprouts I've been waiting for and may even convince me to eat some! My mom would be so proud! 🙂

  6. My mouth is literally watering. I've always been a huge fan of brussels sprouts. My family…not fans. I'll try this and see if I can covert them!

  7. You know, my husband HATES Brussels Sprouts so I hadn't made them in YEARS (I loved them as a child). Recently I decided to make some for myself (something I rarely do) and hated the mushiness.

    Seriously, were they always like that?

    I think this version sounds MUCH more appealing!!

  8. I love the Brussels Sprouts, just plain with salt and some lemon juice. But this recipe seems wonderfull!… I´ll try it at home, this is one of my favorite vegetables!…your work, just lovely as always!…kisses from argentina

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