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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
If you’re looking for a holiday side dish to complement the turkey, prime rib (or both!), mark this recipe down as a top contender! Not only is this a 5-ingredient dish, but the roasted brussels sprouts are treated to a special ingredient – sweet, red grapes.
Let your oven do its magic – 20 minutes is all it takes – to make all traces of bitterness disappear from the brussels sprouts. Roasting also concentrates the grapes’ flavor – intensifying its natural sweetness.
Cook’s Bonus: The stray leaves that fall off in the roasting pan turn into impossibly thin, brittle, crispy bites. This is what I call the Cook’s Bonus – a little delicious somethn’ for the chef that never makes it out to the table. Shhh….don’t tell anyone.
I recently made these on the Daytime Show and instantly converted two of the TV crew members who were life-long brussels sprouts avoiders — into LOVAHS. Uh, I mean lovers of brussels sprouts, um, not each other. Nevermind.
Here’s a quick video to show you how it’s done.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes
Tip: The larger the grapes, the better! If you can find big, round, seedless globe grapes, those work perfect.
Ingredients:1 pound brussels sprouts, halved
1/2 pound seedless red grapes, halved
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oven to 400F. On a baking sheet, toss the brussels sprouts and grapes in just 2 tablespoons of the olive oil to coat evenly. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, tossing them halfway so they cook evenly. Pierce a brussels sprout to make sure they are cooked through. Remove baking sheet from oven.
In a small bowl, whisk the remaining olive oil, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Toss this sauce over the roasted brussels sprouts and grapes that are still on the baking sheet. Return to oven, place on top shelf. Turn oven to broil and cook for 3 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and caramelizing. Watch them carefully so they don't burn! Remove from the oven and serve immediately.