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Sweet and Savory Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Hazelnuts

Sweet and Savory Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Hazelnuts

I’ve always been one to turn up my nose at mixing sweet and savory flavor elements together. To my mind, they are both delightful but belong on separate sides on the plate and never the twain shall meet. Pineapple on pizza? NOPE. Raisins and currants in salads? Ugh, even worse because those little rascals are harder to pick out. But lately I’ve been thinking about my beloved Brussels sprouts and how roasting them brings them to a perfect merger of candy-slash-umami but maybe I could ramp that up even a little more with some maple syrup. Wasn’t it time to be a little more flexible about my harsh sweet and savory dividing line? Maybe.

This recipe is the happy result of my cautious kitchen experiment, and I have to say, I am really pleased with it. With just the right amount of sweet balanced by salt and luscious umami, I think Sweet and Savory Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Hazelnuts finds that perfect balance for someone as squeamish as I am about integrating the two. (Needless to say, if you like sweet and savory together already, as my husband does, you should like this without any hesitation.) With tender roasted Brussels sprouts, crunchy, earthy nuts and complementary flavor notes, this will be a great Autumn side dish - easy to make, too - and loved at any Thanksgiving table.
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Sweet and Savory Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Hazelnuts

14 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved or quartered
1 tablespoon tamari
tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, divided
3 teaspoons nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons dried dill
1 teaspoon garlic granules
⅔ cup toasted hazelnuts, pecans, a combination, or toasted nuts of your choosing
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Toss the Brussels sprouts with the tamari, olive oil and maple syrup until coated. Add the nutritional yeast, dill and garlic granules, stirring again until mixed.

Spread on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and bake for another seven minutes. Remove from the oven, add the nuts to the Brussels sprouts along with the additional tablespoon of maple syrup. Mix together. Add salt and pepper to serve.

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