Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Italian Sausage, Balsamic Syrup
Last Thanksgiving’s Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Shards was such a hit, I’m going to add meat to the veggie dish again this year. Bacon and Brussels sprouts are a classic pairing, but for an unexpected twist, I’ll be serving the little brassicas with Italian sausage seasoned with fennel. Fennel seeds add interesting anise notes that complement and add complexity to the roasted sprouts.
A balsamic vinegar reduction will add sweet notes and enough acid to balance the rich sausage. A sprinkling of parsley will bring bright, fresh qualities. I’m confident that this side dish will be equally, if not more popular, than the bacon version. As a bonus, ease of preparation and a short ingredient list make this one a winner for the busy holiday cook (me).
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Italian Sausage Recipe
- brussels sprouts (I prefer the smaller ones)
- olive oil
- salt & fresh ground pepper
- fresh sweet italian sausage
- balsamic reduction
Trim Brussels sprouts, then cut in half vertically. Toss with olive oil, salt, and fresh ground pepper. Place cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet and roast at 400°F until tender and starting to caramelize, about 25-30 minutes, taking care not to overcook.
Meanwhile, remove Italian sausage from casing. Crumble the sausage into bite-sized pieces. Brown in a non-stick skillet until cooked all the way through. Drain on paper towels.
Place roasted Brussels sprouts on a serving platter, season with a bit more salt and pepper if necessary, add Italian sausage, drizzle with balsamic syrup, garnish with Italian parsley.
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