Sunday, January 1, 2012

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Balsamic Reduction

I saw this recipe over at The Pioneeer Woman and decided to give it a try. I love the combination of flavors, especially the tartness from the cranberries. I also think it's an impressive side dish to serve with just about anything. Did you notice that I keep posting cranberry recipes? I'm obsessed. hehe :) Oh, and a quick note... remember to drizzle on the Balsamic reduction. It's very sweet so you will want to add it to taste.

And Happy New Year everyone! I wanted to share my new year resolution with everyone, but I really don't have just one big resolution. So instead I came up with a list of little things I want to do this year. 

Here we go!
  1. Make curtains for the living room
  2. Make sushi
  3. Grow as many tomatoes as possible so that I can make sauces for the winter
  4. Take a small road trip with hubs, Mimi, and Emmett
  5. Drink more water
  6. Become more organized... come up with a daily routine
  7. Sew an outfit for Mimi or Emmett... or a blanket, toy.... anything at all
  8. Repurpose my old clothing
  9. Cook a lobster
  10. Buy a new camera and learn how to use it
  11. Buy a domain and create a new banner
  12. Do something spontaneous, crazy, wacky, insane.... or just something a little different :)
  13. Paint the trim in the house.... oh my gosh we've been putting that off forever
  14. Make croissants (yikes...)
  15. Backup, organize, etc. my computer (especially the pics and videos)
  16. Teach Mimi some French words
  17. Learn to like..... *gulp*..... parsnips... bleck!
  18. Make a fancy dinner and invite my parents over
  19. Stop procrastinating
  20. Learn more about meat... I mean thoroughly understand the different cuts of meat, the names, everything.... buy a book and study it
I REALLY wanted to add "make pottery" to the list because it's really a dream of mine, but that's an expensive hobby so I'm going to wait on that one (especially since I plan to work on my photography skills). hehe But hey... even if I accomplish nothing on this list, it will still be a great year. I am surrounded by my family and that makes each year amazing.

Happy New Year everyone!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Balsamic Reduction
Serving Size = 16 (I cut this down to 3 servings)
Original Recipe: The Pioneer Woman
  • 3 lbs Brussels Sprouts
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I will reduce this to 1/4 cup next time, see the note below)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (I used fresh and increased the amount a bit)
Note: You could leave the sugar out of the reduction and it would work. I think it should be sweet, so I would add some but I think next time I will reduce the sugar by at least half.
    1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Clean and trim the Brussels sprouts. Place onto a baking sheet (or dish) and toss with some oil. Sprinkle on just a bit of salt. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until brown.
    2. In the meantime, start the reduction. In a medium saucepan mix together the vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook until very thick (about 15 - 20 minutes). Click here for a picture of reduced Balsamic.
    3. When the Brussels sprouts are done, I throw the cranberries on top of them and let them cook 1 additional minute just to warm them up (the cranberries will break a bit).
    4. Before serving, drizzle on the reduction to taste. 


    Elpiniki said...

    Happy New Year!
    I hope 2012 will be full of health, love and happy moments!

    France@beyondthepeel said...

    Great recipe Elsa. If you find the balsamic too sweet, I make the same recipe but reduced the sugar (or honey) to only a few Tbsp. It'samazing how sweet it still turns out. I love your list! They are all doable fun things to do. All but painting the trim;) As for the parnips, my husband doesn't like them either but whenI roast them with butter and apple suace and rosemary they dissapear. give it a try:)
    I'll be hosting Whole Food Wednesdays starting this week at, i hope you'll join us and have a great year!

    Elsa said...

    I agree completely. In fact, I've actually left the sugar out completely and it still works perfectly. I understand that this recipe should have a really sweet element, and it does work, but I think I would probably reduce the sugar next time. I will make note of that in the recipe.
    And I will definitely link up! :)

    Jackie @ Crest Cottage said...

    This looks delicious! I have some fresh cranberries that I really need to use up asap. I don't have any brussel sprouts right now, although I looooove them roasted with balsamic. What other veggies would be good in this recipe?

    Elsa said...

    Great question! Hmmm.... I think my next veggie would be roasted asparagus. I would also try kale or spinach (quickly saute them, then add the cranberries to warm them up a bit). Hope this helps!

    Alea Milham said...

    Your roasted brussels sprouts look wonderful - so much better than my last batch! :) Thanks for sharing this recipe and your resolutions with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

    Mo 'Betta said...

    I just made this as well! It was my first time trying brussels sprouts - the hubs ate it, which was an accomplishment; no such luck with the kids, but no surprise there!

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