This Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries & Chestnuts Recipe is quick and easy to make, full of festive flavours, perfect for the holiday season.
Today on the blog Roasted Brussel Sprous with Cranberries & Chestnuts Recipe. This dish is sweet, zesty, nutty and filled with fabulous, fragrant festive flavours.
Brussels sprouts are a traditional holiday season vegetable many of us can’t imagine Christmas dinner without (even if it’s not our favourite vegetable!). Another vegetable I always prepare during the festive season is red cabbage. This year I’ve infused it with lots of delicious flavours in this Braised Red Cabbage Recipe with Apple & Beetroot. Another absolute must at Christmas is a classic (low sugar) cranberry sauce, and if I’ve got a bit more time I try to make this super nutritious cranberry beetroot chutney.
Because you can never have too many cranberries at Christmas! That’s why I’ve included them also in this easy roasted brussel sprouts recipe.
How to roast brussel sprouts
Brussels sprouts are one of those vegetables that, if overcooked, can be extremely unappealing. I am talking about the soggy, grey, bitter sprouts we’ve all had to face at one time or another.
This is NOT that kind of recipe! These sprouts are lovely and firm (but not tough), have a bright green colour (even after 25 minutes in the oven), are sweet, citrusy and simply delicious!
The key is in the method. These sprouts do not need to be precooked. Simply coat them in the oil and honey mixture and roast along with the cranberries and chestnuts for 20-25 minutes. They might need a few minutes more or less, depending on their size. And depending on how tender you like your roasted brussels sprouts to be.
Can you adapt this recipe?
Absolutely! You can easily turn this roasted brussel sprouts recipe into a vegan dish by replacing the honey with agave or maple syrup. You can also swap chestnuts for cashews if you prefer. Or not use any nuts or chestnuts at all!
I recommend soaking the dried cranberries in some sherry for about an hour before scattering them over the sprouts. The cranberries will be softer, juicier and the dish will have more of a festive touch. Alternatively soak them in a bit of orange juice or water.
More easy brussel sprouts recipes
Here are some Christmas/Thanksgiving recipe ideas you might like. Try this Cured Sprouts Salad with Clementines and Turkey. It’s a satisfying salad meal with a festive touch. Check out also this easy Brussels Sprouts Bulgur Wheat Tuna Salad.
Enjoy your sprouts this Christmas:)
Your Christmas/Thanksgiving main dishes
Check out this Easy Mushroom Turkey Wellington with Chestnuts as an alternative to traditional roast turkey. If you are looking for an easy festive vegetarian main dish try this Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash with Fruit & Chestnuts.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries & Chestnuts Recipe
- 350 g small brussels sprouts or large, cut in half
- 30 g sweetened dried cranberries soaked in 1-2 tablespoons sherry for 1 hour
- 80 g chestnuts chopped
- 2/3 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil plus more for drizzling
- Zest of 1 small orange
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 F/ 200 C/ gas mark 6.
- Combine the oil, honey and orange zest, stir and set aside.
- Place the sprouts in a shallow oven dish, drizzle with the honey mixture and stir carefully to coat evenly. Season. Scatter the chestnuts and cranberries over the top, drizzle with more olive oil, give a little stir and bake for about 20-25 minutes (according to the size of your sprouts and personal preference)
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