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Marcus Samuelsson’s Caramelized Brussels Sprouts


While Thanksgiving is an admittedly carb and protein-rich meal, most people would agree that the menu isn’t truly complete for this holiday without something green included. For the next episode of Cooking Up a Storm, we seek out the sage advice of chef and restaurant-owner Marcus Samuelsson, who’ll share his recipe for a new take on an old holiday favorite: Caramelized Brussels Sprouts. This isn’t your grandma’s recipe, we promise.

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4

1 pound Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed and halved

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 sprigs rosemary, chopped, reserving 1/4 teaspoon for the dressing

1 teaspoon berbere


freshly ground black pepper

1 shallot, thinly sliced

1/2 cup peanuts, rough chopped

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, garlic, most of the rosemary and berbere until well-combined.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.
  4. Place the sprouts on a parchment-lined sheet pan and roast until lightly caramelized and cooked, about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large, high-sided skillet, warm the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add the shallots and peanuts and cook, stirring often, until the shallots are softened, and the peanuts are lightly toasted, about 4 minutes.
  7. Add the parsley, 1/4 teaspoon rosemary, maple syrup, vinegar and a generous pinch of salt, and stir to combine.
  8. Add the pomegranate seeds and roasted Brussels sprouts and toss to combine. Season with salt, to taste; serve.

Recipe by Marcus Samuelsson

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