Brussels Sprouts, Fennel, and Leeks

November 13, 2018 By Cathy — 3 Comments
Roasted brussels sprouts, fennel, and leeks come together in the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table. Slightly sweet, tangy, with warm spices, you could make a meal of this dish alone!
Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Leeks

As cooler temperatures take hold and the days get shorter, I’m always craving comforting dishes…warm soups and stews, earthy flavors, and caramelized vegetables.

Of course no meal is more satisfying or comforting than Thanksgiving and flavorful side dishes are just as important as a gorgeous, juicy bird.  I love balance on the table; not every dish can be super rich or cinamonny sweet.  A good place to add in a little spice or tanginess is with roasted root vegetables.

Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Leeks

 

Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Leeks

Brussels sprouts have had a resurgence in recent years.  As a kid, I went tearing into the other room at the mere mention of the words, but now it’s often times the first item I order when I’m enjoying a nice dinner out.  They are delicious sautéed with bacon, steamed and tossed with butter, tossed in a salad, or  crisped and caramelized in the oven.

Today we’re roasting brussels sprouts with fennel and leeks, with a pinch of spice and a bite of vinegar.  I whisk up a vinaigrette highlighted by cider vinegar and Chinese five spice and toss it with the vegetables and then roast them off in a hot oven until golden brown and tender.

If you haven’t introduced Chinese five spice into your cooking arsenal, now is the time.  It’s blend of star anise, cloves, fennel, Szechuan peppercorns, and cinnamon lends itself well to root vegetables and fall flavors.  This simple vinaigrette doesn’t overshadow the natural flavors of the vegetables but instead enhances and highlights them.

Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Leeks

While my kids haven’t completely warmed to the idea of these “little cabbages” nestled next to their turkey and mashed potatoes, I have a feeling that this dish will convince the brussels sprouts-hating kid in you to come running back to the table.

Tips for success

  • A hot oven works best to roast the vegetables quickly and give them golden brown, caramelized edges.
  • Try to keep the vegetables relatively the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Stir the vegetables a few times as they cook to prevent burning.

 

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Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Leeks
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Leeks
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Roasted brussels sprouts, fennel, and leeks come together in the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table. Slightly sweet, tangy, with warm spices, you could make a meal of this dish alone!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brussels sprouts, roasted brussels sprouts
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 159 kcal
Author: Cathy Roma | whatshouldimakefor.com
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, bottoms trimmed, bruised or browned outer leaves removed, then halved
  • 1 large fennel bulb, core removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 large leek, white and pale green parts only, thinly sliced and rinsed thoroughly
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Combine oil, vinegar, brown sugar, five spice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and whisk well.

  3. Add brussels sprouts, fennel, and leeks to the bowl and gently toss to coat.

  4. Spread vegetables on a parchment-lined sheet pan and roast for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and tender.
  5. Sprinkle with salt to taste and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes
  • A hot oven works best to roast the vegetables quickly and give them golden brown, caramelized edges.
  • Try to keep the vegetables relatively the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Stir the vegetables a few times as they cook to prevent burning.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Leeks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 159 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 52mg 2%
Potassium 629mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 23.1%
Vitamin C 124.7%
Calcium 7.8%
Iron 13.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Update Notes: This post was originally published in November 2015 but was republished with tips in November 2018.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Fennel & Leeks

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Comments

3 responses to “Brussels Sprouts, Fennel, and Leeks”

  1. Karly says:

    Roasting is just about the only way I can convince my kids to eat most veggies – I’ll definitely give these a try! They look amazing.

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