I know what you are thinking! Cinnamon and brussels sprouts? Crazy! Well, there are many crazy ideas that turn out to be brilliant. This Christmas, spice up your brussels sprouts and enjoy the delicious flavours of this very festive variation of the classic side dish. Here are my vegan Cinnamon roasted brussels sprouts with pomegranate.
Brussels sprouts are not exactly most people’s favourite vegetable, but these leafy green balls are part of the British Christmas traditions and they are a must at your Christmas Eve’s dinner table. While normally they are served with cranberries or bacon or other slightly more conventional ingredients, my ones are roasted with cinnamon!
Not just cinnamon though. In this recipe the mini cabbages are roasted, then coated with honey and are also accompanied by warm pears and fresh, sweet pomegranate seeds. Bonkers and delicious. Somehow the combination of all these flavours adds even more festivity to this side dish and the honey caramelises the brussels sprouts in a lovely way. I guess you just have to trust me on this one!
Here is how you can make this vegan cinnamon roasted brussels sprouts recipe.
- 800-900 g brussels sprouts
- 1 pear
- 1 pomegranate
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp honey / maple syrup (if vegan)
- olive oil for roasting
- salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 225 °C/ 425°F.
- Prepare the brussels sprouts by trimming off the rough ends and getting rid of any dry leaves.
- Place a large sheet of baking paper directly on your oven shelf and spread evenly all brussels sprouts. Coat them generously with olive oil and salt using your hands.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes.
- Take the brussles sprouts out of the oven and move them to a baking tray with a bit of extra olive oil. Add the pear (cut into cubes) the cinnamon and honey and mix well.
- Put back in the oven for another 5 minutes to allow the pear to soften and the honey to gently caramelise the brussels sprouts.
- After five minutes take them out of the oven, add the pomegranate seeds and serve while they are still warm.
This is a big batch of brussels sprouts, assuming for a few people. Reduce the ingredients slightly if it's just for one or two people.