Sweet + Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Thai Peanut Sauce

Thanksgiving is coming and it’s time to get serious about sides! Complex yet delicate, brussels sprouts become irresistible when roasted to a golden brown perfection and dressed with a comforting Thai peanut sauce.  

sweet + spicy brussels sproutsWhew! How is it mid-November already?  Between traveling back to the great state of Texas and catching a cold, I’ve almost forgotten that perhaps the most beloved food holiday of all, is just around the corner!

imageI’ve also realized during my time away from the kitchen, that it’s time to get serious about fulfillment and joy—to celebrate the ones you love, to give thanks for the tiny things and to work more on whatever creative calling lifts you. Moreover, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I really, really love brussels sprouts (despite my best attempts as a child to always avoid them at all costs!) and the fact that I’d better start thinking about my holiday table!

imageOften overlooked in my earlier years, brussels sprouts are a definite must have for me around the holidays. Food gentrification aside, I love these edible buds for all the right reasons—as the amazing cancer-fighting, vitamins C, K and protein yielding cruciferous vegetables they are!

imageIn case you’re a little curious about the flavor profile here, trust me, peanut butter, chilies and brussels sprouts are amazing together. A recent trip to The Hightower restaurant in Austin, Texas confirmed this for me and I’ve never looked back.

imageThis recipe is perfect for dressing up traditional roasted brussels sprouts. If you are looking for an irresistible, sweet + spicy side dish this holiday season, look no further. The brussels sprouts are roasted here to a golden brown perfection and dressed with a creamy peanut sauce. The peanut sauce would also make for a great dip for raw vegetables or added to salads or in a stir-fry. Enjoy!

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Sweet + Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Thai Peanut Sauce

  • Author: Homegrown Provisions
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free

Description

Complex yet delicate, sweet + spicy brussels sprouts are irresistible when roasted to a golden brown perfection and dressed with a comforting Thai peanut sauce.


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Ingredients

For the Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  • 24 oz brussels sprouts (cleaned and rinsed)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red chile flakes

Extra

  • 1/4 cup of dried raisins or cranberries

For the Thai Peanut Sauce

  • juice of 2 limes + lime zest
  • 1/2 tsp dried red chile flakes (or 1/2 fresh red chile seeded and chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 12 tsp tamari (depending on taste)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger

Instructions

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Remove any discolored or loose leaves from the brussels sprouts and trim the ends.
  3. Slice each sprout in half.
  4. Place sprouts in a large plastic bag and add the olive oil, salt, chile flakes and maple syrup. Shake sprouts around and toss to coat.
  5. Place each sprout, cut side down on a large baking sheet.
  6. Roast for 25 minutes (or until charred and tender).

Thai Peanut Sauce

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and whirl away. If the sauce is too think or spicy, add in a little more coconut milk.

Assembly

  1. Add dried raisins or cranberries in a large bowl with roasted brussels sprouts and toss well. Drizzle sauce over the top and enjoy!

Notes

Leftover sauce should keep well (covered) in the refrigerator for a week or two. Add in a little more tamari as needed to enliven the flavors.

 

November 22, 2014

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