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Browned Brussels With Maple Butter From 'Choosing Sides'

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Brussels sprouts are a given on my Thanksgiving table, but I don't always give them much thought. Olive oil, salt, and a hot oven are my only requirements. While this method does produce pleasantly caramelized sprouts, it doesn't add much excitement to the table. This year, I'll take a cue from Tara Mataraza Desmond and toss my Brussels in brown butter and maple syrup as she does in her new cookbook, Choosing Sides.

Why I picked this recipe: Adding one step to my standard Brussels sprouts roasting method seemed like a necessary action when the result is an elevated side dish.

What worked: Desmond's maple-butter mixture is just sweet enough to accentuate the natural sugars in the roasted vegetables without making them taste like dessert.

What didn't: Nothing.

Suggested tweaks: If you're pressed for stovetop space, you can make the maple-butter mixture ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Let it come to room temperature before adding it to the Brussels sprouts.

Reprinted with permission from Choosing Sides: From Holidays to Every Day, 130 Delicious Recipes to Make the Meal by Tara Matazara Desmond. Copyright 2013. Published by Andrews McMeel. All rights reserved. Available wherever books are sold.

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