Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Prosciutto

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Prosciutto

A total stranger did not hesitate to express to me his hatred for Brussels sprouts as I hand-selected the beautiful, miniature-cabbage-looking vegetables at the grocery store. My husband exchanged knowing looks with this gentleman, who pitied my man. I tried to sell the health benefits and proper cooking techniques, much as I have tried with my hubby, to no avail.

I am a confident woman. I know when I’m right. Brussels sprouts are awesome. Maybe I can convince you.

Here goes …

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Prep

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH: THEY’RE HEALTHY

The green superstars of the superfoods, the ones that get all the headlines, are kale, spinach, and avocados. Rarely do you hear about the cabbage family. Broccoli and cauliflower get more attention than the the simple head of cabbage or it’s mini-me, Brussels sprouts. What a shame. Fiber-rich, cholesterol-lowering, cancer-fighting, antioxidant-loaded, inflammation-reducing, low-calorie, fat-free: the cabbage family should not be neglected. Read more about it in this article from the Farmers’ Almanac:

13 Health Benefits of Cabbage

 

FOUR STEPS TO SUCCESS

I am working my way through Samin Nosrat’s book, “Salt Fat Acid Heat“. This is a cookbook but it is meant to be a book that teaches you how to cook and gives you recipes to enhance what you’ve learned. As you can guess, the keys to successful cooking are contained in the title. Here’s how it works for this recipe.

  1. SALT: adding salt in increments before and after the roasting process ensures the sprouts will be seasoned inside and out.
  2. FAT: it’s the caramelization of the edges of roasted vegetables that gets everyone’s attention. Extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil and bacon drippings are all excellent choices for roasting.
  3. ACID: a splash of citrus or vinegar near the end of roasting provides a flavor balance for the salt and fat. In this recipe, the lemons are roasted with the sprouts which intensifies the juice which is slowly released onto the pan and into the sprouts. A light drizzle of balsamic vinegar before serving would be a good substitution for the lemon juice.
  4. HEAT: avoid the mush. Most people have memories of over-cooked, mushy, and stinky Brussels sprouts or cabbage. Roasting requires a high heat (minimum of 400℉) to get those crispy, browned edges AND a tender interior.

 

COME ON … TRY IT!!

Just like the gentleman at the grocery store, I am encouraging you to forget your pre-existing notions about Brussels sprouts. Don’t let one bad experience from your childhood keep you from something you may actually enjoy! Even if you’re not crazy about this recipe, look for others with your favorite flavor profiles (like this one for Honey Chipotle Roasted Brussels Sprouts).

If you are crazy about this recipe, then trust me enough to add beets to your healthy eating profile. Give this salad a try!

 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Prosciutto
Get the idea of mushy sprouts out of your head. These amazing, roasted Brussels sprouts are accented with lemon and prosciutto and take less than 30 minutes to make!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Lemon quartered
  • 1 ounce prosciutto cut into bite-sized pieces, see note
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Lemon quartered
  • 1 ounce prosciutto cut into bite-sized pieces, see note
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400℉.
  2. Trim the end and remove outer leaves of each sprout. Cut each in half lengthwise.
  3. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil over rimmed baking pan (stoneware works best). Place sprouts in a single layer on the olive oil and drizzle remaining tablespoon of olive oil over the sprouts. Toss to coat.
  4. Sprinkle sprouts with salt and pepper.
  5. Place lemon quarters, cut side down between the sprouts.
    Roasted Brussels Sprouts Prep
  6. Roast in oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. If sprouts are browned on one side, flip them over with a spatula. If not, return to oven for 3-4 additional minutes.
  7. When sprouts have browned, remove from oven and add prosciutto pieces.
  8. Return to oven for 3-4 minutes or until prosciutto is crisp and Brussels sprouts are tender.
  9. Remove from oven. Carefully, push down on lemon quarters to release juice onto pan, remove lemon rinds and toss sprouts in lemon juice.
    Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  10. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes

Bacon can be substituted for the prosciutto in this recipe. Reduce olive oil to one tablespoon. Cut 3-4 slices of uncooked bacon into small strips and distribute strips between the raw sprouts before baking. Bacon will crisp during the roasting and release fat which will coat the sprouts.

 

 

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