One of the best holiday side dishes is roasted sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts with cranberries.
You will love them here even if you are not a Brussels sprout lover. The perfect pairing with all the classic Autumn flavors.
My favorite part of this recipe is how wonderfully the balsamic vinegar marries with the maple syrup blended and creates a delicious caramelized sauce that covers the vegetables.
An outstanding balance of flavor between sweet and sour.
This gluten-free recipe is the perfect addition to your holiday menu. Healthy and vegetarian, this recipe has two of the most nutritious vegetables.
Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamin A, great immune system support, and are incredibly rich in beta-carotene.
Brussels sprouts are high in fiber and rich in vitamins K and C. They are Rich in protein and low in calories.
You will enjoy this super easy side dish this Thanksgiving, and it will surely be a crowd-pleaser. Small gathering? Just the perfect side dish for a very intimate dinner,
So easy that you can make it on a busy weekend and have the perfect combination of two delicious vegetables with the sweetness of cranberries.
I admit I did not grow up eating sweet potatoes or Brussels sprouts. When I was first introduced to them, I was reluctant, mainly with the Brussels sprouts. However, that reluctance was short-lived, and I have been a massive fan of both. I incorporate them into my weekly menu often.
Nothing says holiday like sweet potatoes, cranberries, and Brussels sprouts. The perfect harmony of savory and sweet all in one dish.
Such a beautiful recipe and so attractive on your holiday table. A very festive dish with all in-season ingredients.
A perfect addition to your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve table.
Other super delicious Thanksgiving side dishes to try this year
I do not know about you, but every year it is a dilemma as to what recipe to prepare for the holidays. And every year, I get emails and messages asking me what recipe to add to the menu.
Let me share some of our favorite and most demanded recipes in this blog every year.
Shiitake Mushrooms Gravy: Gravy at Thanksgiving is as essential as turkey. No matter how much you make, it never seems enough. You can prepare this dish the day before the holiday and put the finishing touches the same day you will enjoy it.
Cream of Carrot Soup: Rich in texture and super savory. And being made ahead of time will free you up to enjoy your day a bit more stress-free.
Creamy Watercress Soup: Deliciousness on a small plate. With a handful of ingredients and ready in 30 minutes, you will love this soup anytime for the year.
Potato Leek Soup: A classic French soup that pairs well with any and all menus you prepare.
Potatoes side dishes for thanksgiving:
Being French, potatoes are always part of our menus. We have books dedicated to only potato recipes.
It is only fitting that I share my and the most sought-after recipes every year during the holiday season.
Roasted Rosemary Potatoes: Simplicity at its best. Peel, cut, and place in the oven. When ready, you have tender on the inside potatoes and crispy on the outside. Work well during the holiday season and anytime your heart desires them.
Potatoes Boulangere with Bacon: Anything with bacon always tastes good. These potatoes are one of the most savory potatoes you will ever have. Tender and marry well with any dishes you will prepare it.
Potatoes With Basil: Intense flavor that marries well with all meats. It can be prepared halfway thru the day before and finished on the day you serve it.
With so many excellent side dishes, this Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, and Cranberries will complete all your favorite dishes to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner.
Here are a few helpful tips for the ingredients needed
Sweet potatoes: Medium size will work perfectly with this recipe. Free of any bruises or dark spots, and all the same size. Cut them into cubes of all the same size.
Brussels sprouts: Hand-pick them all the same size for a more even cooking. Wash them and remove the bottom part of the core.
Garlic: Chop it into small pieces and remove any green internal parts if some are present.
Dry cranberries: With the holiday upon us, cranberries are a staple in my pantry.
Maple syrup: One of the critical elements of this dish is the sweetness and caramelization that it gives to this dish.
Baking dish: My favorites are Le Creuset. They cook to perfection, and they can go from oven to table. Easy clean up too.
Serving plate: A plate large enough to showcase your vegetables with a bit of a border makes it easier to scoop up when serving. I am partial to white dishes.
Cooking tips and step by step to make this fabulous
This dish’s preparation is relatively straightforward, with a small amount of cleaning left behind after the trial.
Creating the marinade first allows the garlic to get infused while preparing the ingredients.
Select sweet potatoes that are all the same even size. I found that it helps with the cutting process of getting them into cubes. Peel them and remove any small bruising or dark spots.
I prefer to hand-pick all my Brussels sprouts; therefore, they all are the same size, and they will roast better. Remove the bottom stem by cutting out any outer leaves that are damaged or dark.
Once all the sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are washed and cut, they are ready to be mixed with the marinade. Mix well so that all the vegetables are well covered with the sauce.
Season lightly. I added a little salt and pepper.
You can use a sheet of parchment paper if you wish, but not necessary for your vegetables when roasting.
I love to use my Le Creuset baking dish as I can take it to the table if I do a buffet-style table during the holidays. A high boards baking dish is welcome here so you can quickly turn your vegetables over.
Ten minutes before the end of roasting, add the cranberries and mix well.
Can you make this ahead of time?
You can even roast the sweet potatoes and the Brussels sprouts 1 to 2 days in advance. Here are my tips for making this ahead:
Make sure to undercook the sweet potatoes a little bit. Do not overcook them, as they will fall apart during the re-heating process.
When cooking, the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar will create caramelization. Please keep it on the original baking dish so all the juices stay with the vegetables.
Return to room temperature before placing back in the oven to finish roasting. Add the cranberries. Turn once before the finished baking. Serve this dish at room temperature, warm or hot if you like.
Substitutions and some suggestions
No cranberries on hand? Golden or dark raisins will do the trick.
Add your favorite nuts: Almonds, hazelnuts, or pecans for an added flavor and crunchiness.
Apples: Add peeled, cored, and diced larger chunks of apples. Add them 5 minutes before the end of cooking.
Chili flakes can be added to kick it a notch in the heat department.
Fresh thyme or rosemary can be added if you have them fresh on hand.
If you enjoy this delicious Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, and Cranberries recipe, look at some of my other recipes.
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