Roasted Maple Shallot Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries may be the easiest side dish you make for Thanksgiving. Don’t let its simplicity fool you, this recipe packs a powerful flavorful punch that even the kids should love!
Brussels Sprouts use to be my enemy for the longest time. I have bad memories of eating mushy bland tasting brussels sprouts when I was younger. It wasn’t until a friend of mine offered me roasted brussels sprouts that I changed my tune. Of course, it took her awhile to coax me into eating them. I sat there, making stink face at my plate then reluctantly popped one in my mouth.
What is this? This can’t be brussels sprouts! This is… good!
My brain couldn’t believe my mouth. I wasn’t just enjoying the brussels sprouts, I was loving brussels sprouts! Dude, I normally hate these things, how did you make them? My friend smiled then informed me about the magical world of roasted brussels sprouts. That, ladies and gentleman, started my obsession with roasted brussels sprouts.
Now, who’s ready for some Roasted Maple Shallot Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries?
Whoops, before I talk about the sprouts I have a quick tangent. For the first time in I can’t remember, Kieran and I don’t have plans for Thanksgiving. When we lived in Illinois we celebrated with my family, and for the past couple years in Portland, we celebrated with friends. This year everyone we know is busy. Not that I’m complaining mind you, I think we’re going hiking this year!
Kieran and I have been spending so much time renovating our home we’ve hardly been hiking over the last few months. Thanksgiving day is going to be the perfect day to go because the trails should be vacant. It’s going to feel like we have the Columbia Gorge all to ourselves! I think we’re going to hike Fall Creek Falls in Washington. The Oregon side of the Gorge is still inaccessible due to the wildfire started over Labor Day. The fire may be contained but the area is still dangerous because of the potential mud and landslides on the trails. Luckily, the Washington side is safe so that’s where we plan to go.
Since we’re hiking on Thanksgiving, I decided to make Thanksgiving-y types of sides for dinner over the next two weeks. This way, we won’t miss out on the Thanksgiving flavors that we’ve all come to know and love. It will be nice to get a little slice of Thanksgiving throughout the next two weeks instead of gorging on rich Thanksgiving foods in one day. I have a feeling my waistline will thank me.
And of course, since I run this here blog, I’ll be sharing my Thanksgiving favorites with you! Starting with Roasted Maple Shallot Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries!
Legit, Roasted Maple Shallot Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries are to die for. OK, maybe you wouldn’t die for them, but you’ll probably feel like you’ve died and gone to Thanksgiving heaven. That exists, right?
Not only do these little babies taste delicious but they are ridiculously easy to make. We all know hosting Thanksgiving is stressful. You bust your ass in the kitchen all day slaving over several recipes at once. The more complicated the recipe, the more stressful your day becomes. Well, this recipe is almost brainless yet packs a serious flavorful punch.
The most time-consuming component of this recipe is cutting the brussels sprouts in half, especially if you’re making brussels sprouts for a large crowd. But after that, the recipe is a cakewalk.
I added shallots, dried cranberries, slivered almonds, and maple syrup to my roasted sprouts to give them some extra oomph. I honestly love sprouts roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper, but these simple additions help balance out the bitterness. You may not even have to add the drizzle of maple syrup at the end but I like the taste. If you have littles who hate eating their vegetables adding maple syrup may help.
Of course, you can get all master chef-y with your sprouts and add all kinds of ingredients, but I personally love the simplicity of this dish. It really goes to show sometimes less is more.
Alright, gang, that’s a wrap on Roasted Maple Shallot Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries. This recipe is extremely easy to make and is sure to be a hit at Thanksgiving or even Friendsgiving! I hope you give these little tasty babies a try!
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