Saturday, September 22, 2012

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Beets

Oh my goodness! This, my friends, is the reason why vegetables are so much better than junk food. The combination of roasted Brussels sprouts and beets is so good you would want to eat it right out of the oven.

A long time ago, when DFJ and I were planning to make sides for a dinner party, he suggested this recipe and acted like it was his own brilliant idea. But I totally knew it was an Ina Garten one because I have a knack for memorizing recipes. We never got to make it because Brussels sprouts were not in season during that time. I wish we made it sooner though and not a year or so later because we totally loved it and everything was devoured in less than 10 minutes.

There were some beets sitting in the crisper for a few weeks that needed to be taken care of, so I peeled them and threw them in with the sprouts. Guess what? They go really well together and make for a good-looking couple. It’s like a Christmas tree in your oven! 

The browned Brussels sprouts are crispy and salty on the outside but still tender on the inside. That slight bitterness is still there and is so perfect with the earthy sweetness of the roasted beets.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Beets
Inspired from Ina Garten’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

2 large beets, roughly chopped
½ lb brussels sprouts, ends chopped off
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
¾ tsp cumin
freshly ground pepper

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Coat the chopped beets and brussels sprouts with olive oil and season with salt, cumin, and pepper in a roasting pan. Use your hands to toss everything well together.

Roast for 35-40 minutes. Stir the vegetables halfway through cooking time.

Turn the oven off and serve immediately.

So delicious and so good for you! I promise this roasted vegetable combination is 100 times better than French fries!


  1. I was reluctant to read the rest of your post because you insulted the love of my life: junk food ;) But seriously now, I think I would gobble this down just as fast, and with as much pleasure as the same amount of fries, this sounds fantastic

  2. Roasted brussels sprouts are one of life's pleasures! And you're right, waay better than junk food!

  3. do I have to peel the beets before roasting?!?! thanks!

  4. cumin seeds or ground cumin ?!

  5. I am SO making this tonight! I never thought of putting Cumin with Beets! Yay! THank you for the recipe ma'mselle.

  6. You make everything sound delicious and fun! Thank you. Now I gotta go chop those beets and prepare the Brussels with gusto. At 400F I hope for crispy esque.

  7. Do the brussel sprouts need to be cut in half? all other recipes i read for roasted brussel spouts say they need cut in half.

  8. I have the same question!! The fresh Brussels sprouts that I bought are quite large. Should I cut them in 1/2 before cooking?


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