Did Brussels sprouts used to give you the heebie jeebies? If only our mothers and grandmothers had thought to roast them we'd have all loved them way back then.
400g (about 14 ounces) Brussels sprouts Extra virgin olive oil and lemon-infused olive oil Freshly grated nutmeg Freshly ground black pepper Flaky sea salt 3 oranges, peeled and segmented ¼ cup chopped walnuts 1 hot red chilli, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp snipped chives 2 Tbsp shredded mint
1 Preheat oven to 200°C. Trim Brussels sprouts and cut in half, or into quarters if large. Line a shallow ovenproof tray or tin (I use a Swiss roll tin/jelly roll pan) with baking (parchment) paper and put in prepared sprouts. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, then massage in with the hands. Add nutmeg, pepper and a good sprinkle of sea salt then tilt the paper and gently toss the sprouts around so they are evenly seasoned.
2 Cook Brussels sprouts for about 15 minutes in preheated oven, gently turning them once, or until lightly browned and crisp. Remove from oven and cool.
3 Peel oranges with a serrated knife, then cut in between each piece of membrane and release the fillets of orange. Cut orange fillets in half. Transfer to a shallow serving bowl with walnuts, chilli, chives and mint. When sprouts are cool, add to serving bowl with 1 tablespoon lemon oil if you have it (or extra virgin olive oil) and a good sprinkle of sea salt.
4 Toss gently and serve immediately.
It’s fine to use your hands when massaging the sprouts with oil, but avoid doing this once you have added seasonings, or the seasonings will stick to your hands and not the sprouts!
The trick with roasted Brussels sprouts is to get them nicely coloured and crisp, but not blackened or they will taste bitter, and definitely not soft.
Give the salad a taste before serving. Sometimes I squeeze over a little lemon juice to brighten it up (depends on whether the oranges have got a welcome sharpish little nip or are sweet).
Photography Roasted Brussels Sprout Salad Julie Biuso
Main photography Aaron McLean http://www.aaronmclean.com
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