Thursday, December 22, 2011

X-mas Brussel Sprouts

I served these cranberry balsamic brussel sprouts as a side dish at our family holiday party last night. Uncle Gary said it right when he said: "This is the first time when I have ever gotten up for seconds of brussel sprouts!" (Thank you, Uncle Gary.)

  • 4 cups fresh brussel sprouts, washed
  • 1/2 cup safflower oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups whole cranberries, washed
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Serves 10.

  1. In a deep pot over the stove, cook cranberries, orange juice, and apple juice on high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer, add pecans, and continue cooking for an additional 15 minutes. Cover until ready to serve.
  3. Add brussel sprouts, oil, and vinegar in a skillet over high heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  4. Reduce to medium heat, sprinkle with salt and pepper, cover with lid, and allow sprouts to soften for 15 minutes. Cover until ready to serve.
  5. Combine sauce and sprouts in a shallow bowl/platter, then serve your guests the colors and spirit of this holiday season in the form of real food. Let me know what everyone thinks!


  1. Thank you for this recipe! I made it tonight for a holiday party, it was easy to make,looked beautiful and was delicious.XO Debbie

  2. YAY! That's awesome Debbie!!!! Happy Holidays. xoxo

  3. Thank you for the recipe. I love brussel sprouts.