Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Hot Rosemary Honey

In the realm of vegetables, there exists an under-appreciated gem that often finds itself sitting on the sidelines of culinary appreciation—the Brussels sprout. These miniature cabbage-like orbs might not immediately elicit excitement in the minds of many, but delve a little deeper, and you'll uncover a world of flavor, versatility, and nutritional prowess that deserves recognition.

Brussels sprouts are packed with essential nutrients, making them a valuable addition to any diet. They are an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, and fiber. Additionally, they contain significant amounts of antioxidants, including kaempferol, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This nutritional profile makes Brussels sprouts a formidable contender for promoting overall health and well-being.

Despite their humble appearance, Brussels sprouts possess a remarkable versatility in the kitchen. Whether roasted, sautéed, steamed, or even enjoyed raw, their flavor profile can be tailored to suit a variety of tastes and preferences. Roasting, in particular, brings out their natural sweetness, while a quick sauté with garlic and olive oil enhances their savory appeal.

Here is my Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Hot Rosemary Honey recipe:

1 lb Brussels sprouts, cleaned and halved (or quartered)
2 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
2 tbspn rosemary-infused hot honey (CLICK HERE to learn how to infuse honey) 
1 tbspn balsamic reduction (glaze)
¼ tspn sea salt

To Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the olive oil, honey, and vinegar. Add the Brussels sprouts and toss to coat thoroughly.
  3. Spread the Brussels sprouts into a single layer on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes. (For extra crispy sprouts, roast for an additional 5 minutes. For most steamed sprouts, roast for only 15 minutes.)
  5. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and serve hot. 

Note: Bitterness, sometimes associated with overcooked sprouts, can be avoided by employing proper cooking techniques. Quick cooking methods such as roasting or sautéing help retain their natural sweetness and crisp texture, resulting in a more palatable experience.

brussels sprouts recipe pan roasted with rosemary-infused hot honey

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