I borrowed this recipe from Tracy of Shutterbean and made it my own. Tracy is Joy the Baker's BFF. And therefore, I want to be BFF with both of them always and forever. But you already knew that. Anyway, this recipe tastes like all the festive holiday flavors you love wrapped into one amazingly healthy, comforting and delicious package. What could be better?
Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries
1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 large or 2 small apples, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 and 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 Tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
3/4 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper*
1 Tbsp orange zest*
1 and 1/2 Tbsp Sugar in the Raw or brown sugar
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 400 and get ready to do some mad chopping. Confession: I like chopping things so much that sometimes I cook something for the sole purpose of satisfying my therapeutic chopping needs and desires. This is the perfect time to satisfy that need.
Let's get that butternut out of the way first. You could use two large sweet potatoes if you prefer, but the butternut is really worth it. Cut it in half across so it's easier to deal with. Cut the half with seeds in it in half lengthwise and scoop them all out with a spoon. Using a vegetable peeler or paring knife, peel the skin off the whole thing and cut it into cute little 1/2 inch cubes. This is not an exact science. As you chop each vegetable, start tossing it onto a shallow baking dish or roasting pan lined with foil to prevent extreme messiness.
Now Brussels Sprouts. You're going to want to trim the ends a good bit so they're not tough. After that, peel off the outer layer and split them in half. Done and done. Onion. Apple. Cranberries.
Drizzle the mixture over the pretty chopped stuff and use your hands to toss. Aren't you so glad to get this moisturizing treat for those dry winter hands? Lovely. Smooth into an even layer and sprinkle the sugar evenly over the mix. You don't need to mix in the sugar. Put it in the oven for 20 minutes. Stir gently. Back in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
While your veggies are working in the oven, you might want to prepare some couscous, wild rice, or quinoa on the stovetop, using chicken or vegetable broth instead of water. Prepare according to package directions. I used quinoa in some homemade turkey stock. When the veggies are done, serve yourself a heap of them over your grain of choice. I was feeling super cozy, so I drizzled the tiniest amount of grade B maple syrup (less sweet than your average bear) over the whole thing. Yum.
I used to be afraid of curry or cooking anything with curry. How dumb was that? It's delicious.
What are you hesitant to try? Afraid of?