After decades of being reviled by children everywhere, Brussels sprouts are having their moment in their sun. If you are surprised that they taste better than you remember, you aren’t alone and your taste buds are not fooling you. In fact, the modern day varieties (yes, varieties… there are in fact over 200 of them) actually DO taste better and current preparation techniques raise their delicious quotient even more than the steamed or boiled pungent brassicas our mothers prepared and we pushed around on our plates. And they get even better as the fall and winter progress because they not only withstand freezing temperatures, but even taste better after a frost or two.
As a bonus for us nutrient seekers, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C and provide B vitamins and trace minerals such as iron, manganese, and phosphorous.
The best way to prepare Brussels sprouts is to roast them with some good fat and some aromatic flavoring. In this recipe, I chose the mellow shallot and the sharper pine-like flavor of rosemary to enhance the bitter undertones of the vegetable. Be sure to use fresh, not frozen, Brussels sprouts for this recipe. It will taste great with the sprouts you see in your market right now, and even better as winter approaches, making these roasted Brussels sprouts a great recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s feasts.
Notes for healing diets:
- This recipe is compliant with both the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).
- To make low-FODMAP, omit the shallots.
Roasted Brussels sprouts recipe:
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half lengthwise if larger
- 3 tablespoons cooking fat such as lard, bacon grease, or coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 medium shallots, peeled and sliced thinly
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Toss Brussels sprouts with melted fat, rosemary and salt. Spread in single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Roast for 15 minutes, then remove from oven and toss in sliced shallots, distributing evenly.
- Return to oven and roast for 15 more minutes.
- Transfer to serving dish.
Shared on Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable.
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