(Preparation Time, 50 minutes, serves 2 or 3)
Last month, while visiting friends down at The Shore, we dined, as usual at their favorite restaurant, Brandl. On this most recent occasion, the menu listed Crispy Brussels Sprouts, roasted with pomegranate molasses. As a fairly recent devotee of this much-maligned vegetable, I could not resist ordering them. Herewith, with a little addition, as suggested by my wife (hazelnuts, which we have used in the past with Brussels Sprouts) is our attempt to re-create what turned out to be a delicious accompaniment to an excellent meal at Brandl.
1 lb. Baby Brussels Sprouts, (if you cannot obtain the small ones, merely use the regular ones, sliced in half)
¼ cup Pomegranate Molasses (see below)
½ cup unsalted, chopped hazelnuts
1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Line a shallow roasting pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
3. Trim off the stem ends of the sprouts, as well as any yellow leaves.
4. Rinse and dry the sprouts, and add them to a mixing bowl. Toss well with the pomegranate molasses.
5. Add the hazelnuts and toss well again.
6. Evenly spread the sprouts on the roasting pan, place high in the oven and roast for 25 minutes.
To prepare the Pomegranate Molasses:
• Add 1 cup of pomegranate juice to a 1-quart pot, bring to a boil and reduce by half.
• Shut the heat, whisk in 6 Tbsps. of Grandma’s Molasses. Bring to a low boil and reduce back to 1/2 cup.
• Use ¼ cup for the Brussels Sprouts and refrigerate the remainder for up to two weeks, for the next time.