If you’re looking for a Brussel sprouts recipe that the entire family will love, look no further. These Maple Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash make the best, easy vegetable side dish.
With ingredients like maple syrup, nutmeg, and cinnamon, their unique flavor will have you coming back for more!
Maple Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash make for a flavorful and simple side dish. You can have them on the table in only 30 minutes.
If you are a Brussels sprouts hater, don’t count this Brussels sprouts recipe out just yet! This funky little vegetable always seems to get a bad rap, but I am here to assure you that they can be a delicious and flavorful addition to your dinner.
I will admit it. I used to be afraid of Brussels sprouts too. (Lucky for me, my childhood dog liked them. He was always willing to take one for the team!) But to be honest, I don’t really remember even trying them, it was just the stigma.
For kids and some adults, they are simply a struggle. They are green, they have a strong, slightly bitter flavor, and most people just steam the heck out of them. Yuck!
But once I found out how to prepare them to really let their deliciousness shine through, my opinion on Brussels sprouts was changed forever!
It wasn’t until I was in my mid 20’s that I really started to acquire a taste for Brussels sprouts. I saw them on the menu at a steakhouse and I decided to be adventurous and give them a try. Wasn’t I just living on the edge?!
Those particular Brussels sprouts were cooked with bacon. The salty sweetness of the bacon definitely cut down the bitterness and I instantly fell in love! I liked them so much that I made my own Brussels Sprouts with Bacon recipe, too.
It was then and there that I realized it was all about coaxing the flavor out of these tiny little cabbage-like veggies.
The key to this easy side dish is to mix the sweet flavors of maple syrup and cinnamon to cut the slightly bitter taste of the Brussels sprouts. The flavor combination is incredible! Also, the soft texture of the butternut squash as well as it’s own sweetness pairs nicely with the crunchy Brussels sprouts.
The sky is the limit when it comes to cooking Brussels sprouts. You can oven-roast, bake, grill, or my personal favorite, sauteing them in a cast-iron skillet. You can even shave them and add them raw to a salad with the right elements. They truly are versatile.
Don’t let Brussels sprouts intimidate you! Be open-minded and give them a go. There are so many options and you will be surprised at how fast and easy they are to prepare, and more importantly, how much you enjoy them!
More Brussels Sprouts Recipes:
- Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Brussels Sprout Salad with Roasted Jalapeno and Onion Dressing
- Garlic Butter Brussels Sprouts
- Crockpot Brussels Sprouts
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Maple Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add butternut squash. Flipping every 2-3 minutes, cook butternut squash until it starts to brown, approximately 8 minutes.
- Add Brussels sprouts, continuing to cook for an additional 8 minutes or until they are cooked, but still holding together.
- Add maple syrup, kosher salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss to coat. Serve immediately.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!