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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic

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I honestly never thought I’d see the day when I’d be writing about sprouts – and absolutely loving them. Brussels sprouts and many people have a love/hate relationship – though maybe that lessens a bit with age.

If you’re here looking for a brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar or cream recipe, it probably means you love them. If you don’t already, you will soon.

Although for some, the basic sprout is a fine vegetable on its own, for me it needs something more. A sprout isn’t a sprout without a little help.

I still remember the Christmas dinners where each of us kids were forced to eat a single sprout. We all made a fuss, argued about the real need of eating the sprout. It was just something to ruin our meals, and not fair we had to eat one.

All except my little brother. He didn’t make a fuss. Barely said a word. Just quietly nodded, and agreed to eat his sprout. It soon disappeared from his plate. We were all quite amazed he enjoyed them so much.

But where did that sprout disappear to? The toilet! Years later we found out the little bugger had secretly been stashing them in his pocket, then heading off to the bathroom at the earliest opportunity to get rid of his hated sprout. Pretty good for an eight-year old, I’ll give him that.

Don’t worry, these brussel sprouts with balsamic are in no danger of being flushed away. They’re awesome. Absolutely delicious. And the secret?

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The secret of good sprouts…

Is to char them. Make sure they cook well, and at a high heat. Letting them go crispy and brown is a yes-yes. They start to caramelise and the sweetness of the balsamic cream, or maple syrup, just adds to the flavour. Let them go even browner than they look in the pictures!

Speaking of which – you can choose how to make these most lovely of sprouts! If you can find a sweet balsamic cream like this, then use it! If you can’t, never fear. A simple mix of standard balsamic vinegar (or even red wine vinegar) and maple syrup does the trick equally well.

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Brussel sprouts with balsamic – don’t let a good sprout down!

Of course, a plate of sprouts on its own may not be completely appealing. Unless you’re on a pretty hardcore diet consisting of sprouts alone, we’re going to guess they need something to go with them. We have a whole list of our favourite Christmas/Thanksgiving/family meal recipes right over here.

We also wholeheartedly recommend checking these out for further inspiration:



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Brussels Sprouts with balsamic

No longer will your Brussel Sprouts with balsamic cream or vinegar lay unloved at the table. These are the BEST sprouts ever and MUST be tried by all!
Course Side, Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 sides
Calories 223kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F.
  • Chop the stems off the sprouts and remove any skanky-looking leaves (usually just the outer layer).
  • Chop the sprouts in half. If you have any really big ones, quarter them. We want all pieces roughly the same size.
  • Put in a large bowl and add the olive oil. Give them a good stir to make sure the sprouts are well-coated.
  • Place in a baking tray and roast for 15 minutes.
  • When done (browned and slightly crispy) remove from oven a put back in bowl. Add the salt and pepper. Then add either the balsamic cream/syrup or the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Stir again, coating the sprouts.
  • Put them back in the oven roast for another 10 minutes. Let them get nice and dark – but of course stop them if they look like they’re starting to burn.
  • That’s it! Eat on their own or serve as an awesome side dish (that might even outshine the main course!).


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Nutrition Facts
Brussels Sprouts with balsamic
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 631mg27%
Potassium 739mg21%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1430IU29%
Vitamin C 161.5mg196%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About Dave

From the UK to Germany with many stops along the way. Food without meat is the best type of food. And I plan to share it!


  1. Love This! So Yummy!

  2. Hi everyone! I’m just in the process of preparing this for dinner alongside baked rice with carrots 🙂 and wondering can you substitute maple syrup with honey? Tnx

    • Hi Suki, I might be a bit late, but yes, absolutely! I hope the recipe turned out tasty 😀

      • 5 stars
        Yes it turned out great! Next time I’ll try adding little bit more acceto and honey to see what happens… or mix with some roasted slivered almonds or/and greek yogurt based dressing…?… so you see, you made me fantasize about sprouts 😀

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