Maple Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts is a staple in my holiday cooking. This simple side dish isn’t only delicious but it’s healthy too!
I am not a traditional holiday food gal. Turkey, stuffing, ham, cranberries and any type of casserole that includes marshmallows or green beans is easy to pass up. That is not to say though that I do not love holiday meals. My holiday recipes make me happy. Sweet potato gnocchi, roasted veggies, a phenomenally festive salad and some “Hayley” dessert fill my plate when it comes to the holidays and I look forward to an excuse to make these recipes every year.
This past weekend I attended a Friendsgiving with a lot of people I don’t know that well and I spent a good portion of the week stressing about what to bring. While my family and close friends have always at least pretended to appreciate my untraditional holiday recipes, I am not sure that strangers would be as good of sports.
Do I try to make something traditional that I have never made before and am not a fan of? Or do I take a risk because not everyone loves Hayley recipes and make one of my favorites that isn’t as traditional? What if people don’t like brussels sprouts? Or sweet potatoes (they would have to be crazy)? These are the things that keep me up at night, people. I decided in the end to make something that I am comfortable with because I knew I could eat the whole recipe if necessary.
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and diced
- 2 pounds brussels sprouts halved and trimmed
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Balsamic glaze (you can make your own but I just get mine from Trader Joe's)
- Pre-heat oven to 415 degrees
- Toss brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes with maple syrup, coconut oil and salt
- Spread your veggies on two well greased baking sheets in a single layer
- Roast for 40 minutes, at 20 minutes toss with chopped pecans
- You will know the veggies are done when the sweet potato is fork tender and the brussels are crispy
- Top with cranberries and balsamic glaze
- *This recipe is also delicious with goat cheese and pancetta or bacon
The good news is: I didn’t have to eat all of it! People actually liked it! And asked me for the recipe! And by the time I got up for seconds there was none left! 4 exclamation points worth of excitement! (now five).
And now, here I am sharing it with you all! (six)
P.S. This is recipe is extra good with goat cheese and bacon or pancetta. I made it without this go around so any vegetarians or non-cheese lovers that I have never heard of could still enjoy.
Are you a fan of the traditional holiday food?
What is your favorite holiday recipe?
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