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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Veggie Remix - Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Spicy Asian Glaze

Sometimes simplicity can be glorious. Other times, a little pizzaz goes a long way. Today we are after the latter as we share how basic roasted Brussels Sprouts, warm and crispy on the outside, are absolutely stunning when glazed with the easiest sweet and spicy reduction. This is the perfect side for an Asian-inspired dinner, and with just a few steps, it practically makes itself.  
Easy As Ever - Roasted Sprouts With Spicy Asian Glaze, Photo: NK




























Not for the spice averse, this versatile glaze (drizzle it on meats or starches) packs a wallop. Sprouts are such great winter greens, there's no excuse not to throw these together tonight. If you don't already have Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar or Sriracha, they are versatile pantry items to have on hand for creating Asian-inspired fare all year long. Enjoy!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Spicy Asian Glaze
Serves 6

For the Sprouts: 1.5 Pounds Brussels Sprouts
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
Ground Szechuan Peppercorns (optional)
Salt 

For the Glaze:
2 Tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
1 1/4 Tablespoons Sriracha 
1 Tablespoon Honey

Method:1. Preheat the oven to 400. 
2. Cut off the base of the Brussels Sprouts and then slice them in half the long way.
Place on a baking sheet and toss them in Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or Sesame Oil if you like). Sprinkle lightly with Salt. Add a sprinkle of Szechuan Peppercorn if you like it extra spicy.

3. Bake for 35 or more minutes, shaking the pan a few times throughout the cooking to encourage even cooking. 

4. Meanwhile, make the glaze by combining all the ingredients in a small sauce pan. Bring the ingredients to a bubble over medium high heat, then lower to a simmer and allow it to reduce, stirring occasionally, until it is down to about half its volume. Do not leave unattended as glaze can burn if the heat is too high.The consistency should be syrupy and glaze will coat a spoon. Turn off the heat and set aside. 

5. When Brussels Sprouts are finished they will be golden and a bit crispy. Plate them and then drizzle over with the glaze. Serve right away! 

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