January 21, 2012

Food and Wine Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans and Avocado

 I absolutely love Brussels sprouts. Unlike most kids growing up I would make a beeline for the Brussels sprouts during the holidays. They are delicious! When I first got married to my husband his idea of a vegetable was the topping on his pizza at the student center. Over the years I have slowly reformed him to thinking that vegetables are a normal side at dinner time. My two boys have taken after me and love most any vegetable I put in front of them. Brussels sprouts have become a family favorite and I was interested when the December issue of Food and Wine Magazine had a recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans and Avocados, which looked delicious and different than other recipes I have tried. 

This recipe has 8 ingredients. It takes approximately 40 total minutes, with 20 minutes being active, and makes 8 servings. All the ingredients were easy to find at my local grocery store and I made no substitutions. Instead of toasting my pecans in the oven, I used the stove-top. I find it easier to use this method when making small amounts of roasted nuts and it saves my oven for the main dish I am preparing. Additionally, I only prepared a pound of Brussels sprouts since that is the size package that I am able to find locally (I would love to be able to find them bulk). Since I had a smaller amount of sprouts I only used one baking sheet, instead of the two suggested by the recipe. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written. 

Roasted Brussels sprouts are always popular in my house and this recipe was no exception. The pecans created a nice texture to the Brussels sprouts and the avocado a delicious flavor combination. This recipe makes a large number of servings and re-heated well for an additional meal the next day. My husband loved the taste from the fresh thyme and balsamic vinegar, which gave the sprouts a nice sweet taste. Overall, a great and unusual roasted Brussels sprouts recipe. 

6 comments:

  1. That looks really yummy! I love Brussels Sprouts as well!

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  2. This looks so good I almost wish I loved brussel sprouts...sadly I am like most 3 yr. old children and the smell is enough to make me run...my hubby saw the pic and wished they were allowed in the house..lol. He loves them, too bad for him. Hee hee hee.

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    1. My dad could never stand the smell of Brussels sprouts either, your not alone! I love them and they are one of my favorite veggies :) I'm lucky that my husband and boys love them as much as me!

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  3. I have a bunch of Brussels sprout recipes but never would have thought of adding avocado.

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    1. I had never tried it with avocado either, but it turned out delicious!

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