Figged and Maple Brussels Sprouts

by zesty on November 16, 2011 · 26 comments

US Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and you know I have been harping on brussel sprout side dishes that will make your mouth water.  Most recently I posted about the roasted plum and brussels and a couple of years back we had this classic!  One of my all time favs.  Roll out the cutting board for this one…. and try it next week.

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Have you ever had figs, maple and Brussels sprouts in the same dish?  If you remember from past thanksgiving summary, I gave you a heads up on some amazing vegetable creations.  I do not cook Brussels sprouts that often, however this dish was one of my favorites with Saturday’s turkey dinner.  The roasting flavor of the Brussels sprouts paired with the sweetness of the figs and maple was a great combination.

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As far as simplicity goes, this dish is very easy to make yet packs that powerful aroma when serving.  You could serve this as a side dish for almost anything – fish, chicken, pork, beef – you name it.  It could also be served as the star of the show if you so desired.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Brussels Sprouts ( halved )
  • 2 Figs ( Dried and chopped finely )
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • Salt and Pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, add halved Brussels sprouts and coat with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  3. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread Brussels sprouts out evenly to prepare for roasting.
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  5. Roast for 20-30 minutes until done.
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  7. In a small sauce pan, add chicken stock and figs and bring to a gentle boil.  Then turn to simmer and let reduce.  Add maple syrup and continue to let it reduce for 10-15 minutes.
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  9. Once the Brussels sprouts are fully roasted, remove the pan from the oven and pour the maple fig mixture on top.  Toss to coat evenly and place back in the oven until ready to serve.
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  11. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When making chicken stock from scratch – be sure to make it in large quantities and freeze it when you can.  You can store it in freezer bags, ice cube trays or even containers for a quick fix when you are in a pinch.  As for health benefits – it allows you to control the sodium content and customize it to your liking.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and try it if you enjoy Brussels sprouts.  Even Mrs. Zesty who had never tried a sprout in her life – attempted these and was pleasantly surprised.  Contact me through the comments and let me know what you think of this recipe.

Have an awesome Wednesday and stay tuned for Friday fun day with a movember update..

Take care

zesty

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1 VeggieGirl

I DEFINITELY need to try this recipe – awesome mix of flavors!

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2 Whitney @ Lettuce Love

I agree with VeggieGirl, I need to try this. I have never seen a recipe that combines brussels and figs — amazing!

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

I really need to try this! I tried to eat some brussel sprouts yesterday and blech! But I bet I’d like this!

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4 Divina

That’s gorgeous. Just need to find some brussel sprouts from where I live.

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5 Seth @ Boy Meets Food

That’s funny. I posted a brussels sprouts recipe this morning too! Food bloggers should really coordinate, so we aren’t twinsies… j/k.

They look delicious. I was just thinking the other day about doing something with brussels and dates.

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6 brandi

YUm! I have brussel sprouts I need to use, but no figs! Any suggestions for a substitute? This looks great.

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7 Olga

Those look so great! I’m more of a savory fan, so would probably add some bacon :)

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8 Donalyn

Looks awesome – and we have a whole bunch of brussels sprouts in the garden right now!

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9 BroccoliHut

Delicious! I am one of those weird people who really loves Brussels sprouts, so this recipe is especially appealing to me–just bookmarked it:)

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10 Pam

Amazingly simple and good!

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11 Beth @ DiningAndDishing

Brussels are my mum’s fave veg ever – i think we are going to HAVE to make these next time i see her!

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12 Shelby

I LOVE roasted brussels!

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13 Caitlin

I tried the recipe and it was fantastic and I don’t even like brussel sprouts… well, I didn’t before tonight. :)

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14 Nancy Foster

What is the roasting temp in Fahrenheit, please?
Thanks.

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15 ZestyCook

@Nancy – Oh my I am sorry – the temperature is actually 400 degrees Fahrenheit. I just updated the post. Thanks for pointing that out

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16 Allie (Random Teaspoon)

I adore Brussels Sprouts with maple and figs! I made a Mark Bittman version of this with a touch of bacon. Hedonistic vegetables rock!

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17 Kathleen Richardson

We’re on the same wavelength, Zesty. I’m coming out with a Brussels Sprout recipe soon. Love them, love them, in any way, shape, or form! Figs are a good holiday touch, too.

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18 Daniel Diver

They look and sound great

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