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Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Candied Pepitas and Cider Vinegar

Note: Michael Natkin of the vegetarian blog Herbivoracious drops by every Wednesday to share a delicious recipe to expand our vegetarian repertoire.

[Photograph: Michael Natkin]

bug-holiday-turkey-100px.pngEvery family has a collection of Thanksgiving side dishes that absolutely have to be there or it Just Wouldn't Be Thanksgiving. That's fine—let them have their sweet potatoes glazed in Tang with Lucky Charms marshmallows. You can slip in these pan-roasted Brussels sprouts too, and if you're lucky they might even become a new tradition.

Those classic Thanksgiving dishes often incorporate nuts and something sweet. By lightly candying the pumpkin seeds (pepitas), much like you would walnuts for a salad, we incorporate the caramelized sweetness and crunch to balance the slightly tart hit of cider vinegar in the sauce. Be sure and add the pumpkin seeds at the very last minute, otherwise they will get soggy.

Don't forget to taste and adjust the salt in each step of this recipe. The right amount of salt will really make the flavors sing.

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