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Roasted Brussels Sprouts 
with Apples and Shiitake ‘Bacon’

The ideal veggie side-dish for any fall or winter meal

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Meat-eaters often adorn their roasted Brussels sprouts with smoky bacon; here we’ve taken inspiration from that flavor combination, but evolved it in an entirely vegan direction. Umami-rich shiitake mushrooms get treated with maple, tamari, and paprika for a smoky-savory quality, and apples roasted along with the sprouts add a bit of sweetness. All together, the dish is a knock-out side for Thanksgiving or the holidays – or for any fall or winter meal.


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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Shiitake ‘Bacon’

Servings
6
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Duration
45 min

Ingredients

  • 2 lb 
Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (or quartered 
if large)
  • 2 
large Gala apples, cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp grape seed oil, divided
  • 2 tsp 
winter savory (or 1 tsp thyme + 1 tsp rosemary)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple cider
  • 1 lb 
shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp almond meal/flour

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, add Brussels sprouts and apples. Drizzle with 1 tbsp oil and sprinkle with savory, 1/8 tsp salt and pepper; toss. Transfer mixture to a 13 x 9-inch baking dish and bake for 15 minutes, until sprouts are just beginning to brown.
  2. To baking dish, add apple cider. Reduce heat to 375°F, and continue baking until Brussels sprouts are tender when pierced with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes more.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare Shiitake Bacon: In a medium skillet on medium-high, heat remaining 1 tbsp oil. Add mushrooms and sauté until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add maple syrup, tamari and paprika and sauté for another 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine almond meal and remaining 1/8 tsp salt. Remove Brussels sprouts from oven, top with Shiitake Bacon and sprinkle with almond mixture.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 cup
  • Calories 205
  • Carbohydrate Content 34 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 7 g
  • Fiber Content 9 g
  • Protein Content 7 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 242 mg
  • Sugar Content 18 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 4 g