Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze


This satisfying side dish goes beyond basic, boring Brussels sprouts with its rich oven-roasted flavor enhanced with just a hint of sweetness. The combination of sweet and savory elements in this dish makes it a perfect complement for a wide variety of main dishes. Ranging from grilled salmon, skillet shrimp or pan seared pork chops.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Balsamic Glaze

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Serves 4

2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. small Brussels sprouts, rinsed and cut in half

Salt and black pepper, to taste
1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
1 T. real maple syrup


  1. Place oven rack in center position and preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large cast iron or other oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add Brussels sprouts to skillet and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sprouts begin to turn brown.
  3. Once browned, transfer the skillet into the preheated oven and roast for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove sprouts from oven once they are tender and start to turn a rich brown color.
  4. While the sprouts are roasting, add balsamic vinegar and maple syrup to a small skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to medium. Continue stirring until the vinegar mixture reduces to about 1/3 of its original volume and becomes thick and syrupy. (Do not overcook or it will become too hard and sticky).
  5. To serve, transfer Brussels sprouts to a plate and drizzle lightly with balsamic glaze. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and enjoy immediately Jumbo Skillet Shrimp or other entrée of your choice.

Cast iron pans are awesome at going from cook top to oven. And they will last so long you probably need to include them in your will :). If the extra iron from the skillet is a health issue for you, try one of these instead. Made from cast iron also but coated with ceramic. Just as heavy duty and long lasting, without the extra iron problems.

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