Friday, December 17, 2010

Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Balsamic Dijon Sauce

I love Brussels sprouts. Fortunately, my daughter does too. Unfortunately, she will only eat them steamed. So it takes a night like tonight where my husband and daughter are out on a father/daughter date night and my son is too wrapped up in his saxophone to bother with me for me to get to enjoy Brussels sprouts the way I like! Tonight I roasted them and they were absolutely divine.  And, given all the recent conversation on Twitter (mostly by my new friend (@CrabbyVegan)  about Brussels sprouts I felt obligated to post the recipe!

Simple and easy though you need to allow time for very slow cooking of the onions and of course, you cannot rush a roasted Brussels sprout!

Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Balsamic Dijon Sauce

Brussels Sprouts (I used exactly 13)
1/2 large Spanish onion sliced thin
2 tbsp olive oil plus more for drizzling
2 tbsp Dijon mustard (I used whole grain)
3 tbsp Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp agave nectar
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Remove stems and outer leaves from Brussels sprouts and cut in half.  Place on a cookie sheet or foil and drizzle lightly with  olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and roast 30  minutes or until nicely browned and tender.

In a saute pan heat the 2 tbsp olive oil over medium. Add onions and turn heat to low.  Allow onions to slowly cook  until nicely caramelized. Don't rush this- it takes a while. In a separate pan heat the Earth Balance, Dijon, agave and balsamic vinegar. As Earth Balance melts whisk to incorporate.

When the sprouts are finished place some caramelized onions on a dish, top with Brussels sprouts and drizzle the Dijon Balsamic sauce.


  1. i love that i have become this sort of brussel sprout ambassador considering i have only just recently tried them. i will proudly wear that badge of honor. thank you kindly for the shout out. i've only been roasting them, but this recipe sounds awesome, so i will try this out on my next batch. nice sprouts lee ;)

  2. Steamed?! Oh no, that's heresy! Everyone knows that Brussels sprouts must be fried or roasted. :-P

    Sounds like a great recipe.

  3. Brian, you wear it well! Maija, I am glad she likes them at all! I figure I can work her into roasted or fried!