Brussels sprouts are the perfect side dish. Their subtle yet delectable taste compliments almost any dish while providing numerous vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, and potassium. They’re also higher in protein than other green vegetables, boasting 3 grams per cup.
While some people avoid Brussels spouts because of their unique flavor, I often find that pairing them with a sweeter fruit can bring out the sweeter notes in the vegetable. Apples are my fruit of choice because something about baked apples reminds me of fun holiday gatherings (ahhh, nostalgia…). I added the pecans because, well, I just like toasted pecans. Their sweet, nutty flavor compliments both the apples and Brussels sprouts nicely.
The maple balsamic glaze renders this dish perfect for dinners that require a little extra pizzazz, such as those where you are trying to get your children interested in vegetables, or when you are trying to pull out the sweetness of a dish with the zing of the vinegar. This dish is the perfect combination of savory and sweet, with just enough acidity to elongate the swirl of flavors in your mouth in the most delectable way.