Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest for Thanksgiving

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest

All Photos: Wendy Goodfriend

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I’ll be honest. I’ve not really been a fan of Brussels sprouts for about 4 years. I used to like them ok, as long as they weren’t boiled (blech). But then one day in the middle of winter (aka Brussels sprouts season) I got pregnant. I was instantly repelled by all cruciferous vegetables (and greens – sigh).

And unfortunately, it lasted for quite some time post-pregnancy. It was only through sheer determination that I clawed my way back to truly enjoying kale (with bacon, in a salad); red cabbage (braised with balsamic vinegar); and broccoli (roasted).

But I still hadn’t managed to reunite with Brussels sprouts. Until now. Roasted until caramelized with a crisp golden-brown exterior, these little cabbages are then tossed with sweet-tart cranberries, toasty hazelnuts, and just enough orange zest to add a bit of zing. You might say that I’m covering up the slightly bitter, pungent flavor of the Brussels sprouts. But I’m ok with that. Because now I like them again.

Ingredients for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Ingredients for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest

Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise if small or quartered if large
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup lightly toasted, peeled, chopped hazelnuts
  • Zest of 1 orange

Instructions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the Brussels sprouts with the oil, sprinkle with salt and a few grinds of pepper and toss again. Roast, stirring once or twice, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until nearly tender and browned.

    1. Add the dried cranberries, hazelnuts, and orange zest. Stir well and continue roasting for at least another 5 minutes, or until Brussels sprouts are deep golden brown, crisp on the outside, and tender on the inside.

    1. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve right away.
Transfer to a serving bowl and serve right away. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Transfer to a serving bowl and serve right away.

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