Holiday Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Cranberries

Do you like brussels sprouts? I do! Its moniker may be difficult to spell. Yes, it’s really spelled “brussels” with an S. But this tiny cabbage-like vegetable shouldn’t be hard to eat! In fact, if prepared well, it is quite delicious.

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For you last-minute menu planners, here is an idea for your holiday table. Our favorite brussels sprouts recipe is perfect for Christmas because it looks so festive with red and green hues. Though, we have served this dish at Easter and Thanksgiving as well.

It was inspired by Chef Abby Fammartino of Abby’s Table. Several years ago, we had the privilege of attending one of her teaching dinner parties where she served brussels sprouts with cranberries and walnuts. It was so amazing that we attempted our own version and over time created this tasty recipe.

It pairs well with turkey or lamb and other sweet sides like yams or butternut squash. It’s gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free – ideal for Paleo enthusiasts!

Holiday Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Cranberries

holiday brussels sprouts ingredientsWhen shopping for sprouts, choose smaller ones. They tend to have more flavor. Even though it takes some time, it’s best to cut them in halves or quarters for more even cooking.

Fresh cranberries are easy to find around the holidays. Freeze whatever you don’t use and save for a later time when preparing another recipe that calls for cranberries.

holiday brussels sprouts before cooking

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of halved brussels sprouts
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 cup of cranberries
  • 1/3 cup of chopped almonds or walnuts (optional)
  • 2 tsp of rosemary
  • 1-2 tbsp of raw honey (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the brussels sprouts in half and measure 4 cups into a 9 x 13 pan.
  3. Cut the apple in small cubes and gently mix in with the sprouts.
  4. Cut the cranberries in half or slightly mash them (to disperse flavor during roasting) and mix together with the sprouts and apples.
  5. Add almonds or walnuts if desired. (optional)
  6. Sprinkle rosemary over sprouts.
  7. Drizzle honey over the top.
  8. Sprinkle salt evenly throughout.
  9. Pour water into bottom of pan.
  10. Roast for 50-60 minutes until sprouts are tender and slightly brown.
  11. Serve and eat while hot!

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Ingredients
  • 4 cups of halved brussels sprouts
  • 1 apple
  • ½ cup of cranberries
  • ⅓ cup of chopped almonds or walnuts (optional)
  • 2 tsp of rosemary
  • 1-2 tbsp of raw honey (to taste)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup of water
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the brussels sprouts in half and measure 4 cups into a 9 x 13 pan.
  3. Cut the apple in small cubes and gently mix in with the sprouts.
  4. Cut the cranberries in half or slightly mash them (to disperse flavor during roasting) and mix together with the sprouts and apples.
  5. Add almonds or walnuts if desired. (optional)
  6. Sprinkle rosemary over sprouts.
  7. Drizzle honey over the top.
  8. Sprinkle salt evenly throughout.
  9. Pour water into bottom of pan.
  10. Roast for 50-60 minutes until sprouts are tender and slightly brown.
  11. Serve and eat while hot!
Notes
My husband took this recipe to his work holiday party and served it cold. He still received lots of compliments.

 

holiday brussels sprouts after cooking

Enjoy my Holiday Brussels Sprouts!

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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5 Responses to Holiday Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Cranberries

  1. Bea says:

    I love Brussels sprouts – actually the entire family does and it seems that I can never make enough. Love the flavor combination in your recipe am pinning it and will use it the next time I can resist to buy more sprouts
    !

  2. Sounds delicious! I have only started loving brussels sprouts recently but they are quickly becoming a regular in our cooking repertoire. Love how festive these are as well with the cranberries!

  3. That looks positively delicious – even for Brussels sprouts.

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