I absolutely adore brussels sprouts, but this wasn’t always the case. Growing up, I despised them as most children do. In my early twenties, I gave them another shot and they slowly grew on me over the course of many holiday dinners. I’d place a few on the edge of my plate “just to try” and eventually they grew on me. They’re now one of the first vegetables I make a beeline for at holiday dinners. This past weekend was no different!
My absolute favourite way to enjoy them is roasted. I have no idea why there isn’t a recipe on the blog, but I decided this had to be remedied immediately. This recipe today features my favourite potatoes of all time (fingerlings), a generous amount of fresh rosemary and garlic, and of course, hearty brussels sprouts. Tossed with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and roasted for about 38 minutes, it was just about too good to share. It’s the ultimate comfort food on a chilly fall day.
A little roasting goes a long way, especially when it comes to brussels sprouts. They get slightly charred and caramelized in the oven and have a dense “meaty” texture that you wouldn’t expect from a green vegetable. If you’ve ever crossed this vegetable off your “want to eat more of” list I encourage you to give this recipe a shot; you might be surprised at how quickly they disappear. I knew this dish was a keeper when Eric – who is not a big fan of brussels – gobbled them up quickly.
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Rosemary and Garlic
Yield: Serves 4-5 as a side
- (0.80kg/1.75lb) fingerling potatoes
- (0.34kg/0.75lb) brussels sprouts
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp fresh minced rosemary
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp Sucanat (optional)
- 3/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Rinse and scrub potatoes. Pat dry. Slice in half lengthwise and place into large mixing bowl.
3. Cut off stem of brussels sprouts and remove loose outer leaves. Rinse and pat dry. Place in bowl.
4. Add the minced garlic, minced rosemary, oil, optional Sucanat, salt, pepper, and optional red pepper flakes into the bowl along with the potatoes and sprouts. Toss with your hands to combine and place on baking sheet.
5. Roast for 35-38 minutes at 400F, stirring once half way through baking. Potatoes will be golden and brussels will be lightly charred when ready. Season with Herbamare (or salt) and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
Are you a brussels sprouts fan? What’s your favourite way to enjoy them?