Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cameo Apples and Delicata Squash

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by Lynne Vea - PCC Natural Markets Chef

NWCN.com

Posted on November 23, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 22 at 2:20 PM

This super simple dish takes brussels sprouts to a new level! Combined with the sweet tart zip of roasted cameo apples and the creamy bright notes of Delicata squash, this underrated little vegetable virtually sings.

(Makes about 4 side dish portions)

12-16 organic brussels sprouts

1 cameo apple (or your favorite baking apple)

1 small to medium Delicata squash

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons balsamic or sherry wine vinegar

1 teaspoon chopped rosemary

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper to taste

Apple Cider Reduction (recipe follows)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

Trim the brussels sprouts and cut them in half lengthwise. Cut the apple in quarters lengthwise, cut out the core and cut each quarter into 4 pieces. Place the sprouts and apples in a bowl. Stir together the maple syrup, vinegar, rosemary, salt and pepper. Pour half of the mixture over the brussels sprouts and apples and toss. Spread out in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Cut each half in 1/2 inch thick slices crosswise. Toss the squash with the remaining maple mixture and spread out in a single layer on a second parchment lined baking sheet.

Roast all of the ingredients for about 20 minutes. The brussels sprouts should be lightly golden and crisp tender. The squash should be golden and fork tender.

To serve: Mix the squash, brussels sprouts and apples and divide between individual plates or mound on a serving platter. Drizzle with the apple cider reduction and garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary.

Apple Cider Reduction:

1 quart unsweetened organic apple cider

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons dried cranberries

Place all of the ingredients in a saucepan and boil to reduce to a syrup. It will thicken as it cools. You may strain out the cranberries so you can use a squeeze bottle to apply the reduction or leave them in as garnish and spoon over the dish.

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