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Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries

Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries are roasted to perfection and then tossed with sweet cranberries and a delectable maple balsamic dressing. These are guaranteed to be the BEST brussels sprouts for your Thanksgiving table.

Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries in a white serving dish.

Hi everyone!

Did you know it takes me at least three trips to the grocery store to get ready for Thanksgiving?  That’s not even counting the emergency run my Dad always seems to make day of.  No matter how hard I try, I always seem to forget something.  I’m a little behind this year, but I’m hoping to make that first non-perishables run this week.  It’s all quite a process, but worth it to feed a big chunk of my family for the big day.  I hope you are starting to get ready too.

One new recipe I have this year is this delightfully tasty Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries. These are simply THE best brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving.  It’s everything that is good and right about my favorite foodie holiday in one little side dish.

Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries in a white serving dish.

Why You’ll Love These Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

  • Yes, you could just make my simply roasted Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts…. BUT with just a few more steps you’ve got a total WOW dish for the big day. The trick is adding those dried cranberries (because there can never be too many cranberries at Thanksgiving in my opinion!) You add them in the last few minutes of roasting the sprouts and the flavor gets even more intense with just a few glorious minutes in the oven.  Brussels sprouts and cranberries are the way to go.  They almost taste like candy.
  • The second trick is that ever so delightful Maple Balsamic glaze. It’s made with simple, easy to find ingredients.  These are the types of things I keep on hand in my pantry. The glaze takes this from a wonderful weekday meal, to a WOW dish for the holidays.  But since it is so simple, you could really make this any day of the week.  It only looks like you labored over these brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving for much longer.Don’t worry… I never tell our little secrets.  Cooking can be quick, healthy AND delicious.The combination of flavors is pure perfection.

Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries on a baking sheet.

Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Ingredients

  • Brussels sprouts: The brussels sprouts can be fresh or frozen, without adjusting the cooking time.
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dried cranberries: Cranberries provide just the right amount of sweetness.
  • Dijon mustard
  • Balsamic vinegar: Balsamic vinegar and brussels sprouts go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s a combination that works so well!
  • Maple syrup: Use the highest quality, real maple syrup you can find. Trust me on this one!

How to Make the Best Brussels Sprouts for Thanksgiving

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the brussels sprouts with salt, pepper, and oil. Pour onto a baking sheet and roast 20-30 minutes or until tender and slightly charred.
  3. In the same bowl, toss the cranberries in the excess oil and set aside.
  4. In the last 5 minutes of cooking the brussels sprouts, add the cranberries to the pan.
  5. Mix together the dressing ingredients.
  6. Once the brussels sprouts are done cooking, toss them in the dressing.

Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries in a white serving dish.

Are brussels sprouts good for you?

Brussels sprouts aren’t only delicious (especially when roasted with a maple balsamic dressing), but they are nutritious too! They are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Making them the perfect side to balance out your holiday feast!

Add this to your Thanksgiving or Holiday meal plan today!  Or make it on a Tuesday… whichever suits your fancy.  Don’t forget to drop me a note to let me know what you think!

More Thanksgiving Sides to Try

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment and a star rating ★ below. Make sure to follow me on InstagramPinterest, and Facebook too!

Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries in a white serving dish.

Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries

Julie Wunder
Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries are roasted to perfection and then tossed with sweet cranberries and a delectable maple balsamic dressing. These are guaranteed to be the BEST brussels sprouts for your Thanksgiving table.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 100 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Dressing:
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • pinch of salt & pepper
  • cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 450
  • Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl mix the brussels sprouts with the salt, pepper and olive oil. Do not rinse out the bowl. Pour out on baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes or until tender and slightly charred.
  • In the same bowl toss the cranberries in any extra olive oil. You just need a touch leftover from the bowl. Set aside.
  • In the last 5 minutes of cooking the brussels sprouts, add the cranberries to the pan.
  • Mix together all the ingredients for the dressing.
  • Once the brussels sprouts and cranberries are done cooking toss them in the dressing and serve!

Notes

Serve this as the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 334mgPotassium: 441mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 855IUVitamin C: 96mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg
Keyword balsamic, brussels sprouts, cranberries, holiday, maple syrup
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  4. Julia Stearns @ Healthirony March 28, 2019 at 8:25 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never had brussels sprouts! This recipe looks great though so hopefully that will change! Thanks for posting it Julie!

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  10. Debra Benner December 5, 2016 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Julie, can you make these ahead of time? Can I make them and then put them in a crockpot?

    • JulieWunder December 11, 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Hi Debra! Since they are roasted, you loose some of the crisp when you don’t serve them right away. I think they are best served immediately… but I’m sure they would still be good in a crock pot !

  11. kimmythevegan November 19, 2016 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    “No matter how hard I try, I always seem to forget something.” I feel like that’s me during the months of November & December in general. There is just so much going on, it’s hard to keep everything straight!
    These sound so good! And they take a good side to a level of greatness!

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kimmy! Here’s to keeping it all straight this month!

  12. Rachel November 16, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Looks delicious and beautiful, as always!

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rachel! Hope you get a chance to try it.

  13. Miz Helen November 16, 2016 at 11:50 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I love your Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries, a great combination and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you had a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets November 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Okay, I think I’ve finally found the Brussels sprouts recipe I want to make for Thanksgiving. It looks absolutely delicious!!

  15. Annmarie November 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Cranberries and Brussels are a perfect combination <3

  16. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition November 11, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I always manage to forget something too! I’m sure I’ll be hitting up the grocery store like 5 times Thanksgiving week. The worst is forgetting something for a recipe/photo shoot for the blog when the sun is setting and you just don’t have time to get to the store!

    These Brussels Sprouts look so tasty! Perfect for a Thanksgiving table!

  17. Kristy from Southern In Law November 9, 2016 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious! I’ve never actually had brussel sprouts but now that my stomach doesn’t hate me so much I think I need to try them!

  18. Dani @ Dani California Cooks November 8, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    oooh I bet I would love the sweet/sour/umami combo here!

  19. Libby Haire November 8, 2016 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Hey, Julie, looks inviting. My Mom can have only a little of Brussel Sprouts OR cranberries because of her blood thinner medication but the dish looks great. We will have green beans and sweet potatoes or your Butternut Squash recipe, which we had several times last year and believe it is wonderful, so we will not be going hungry.
    Happy Election Day. At least we will be getting a respite from all the political ads!?

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      I so glad you enjoy the soup Libby! Your menu sounds lovely!

  20. Brussels are my new fave! I made something similar the other night and ate them all myself 🙂

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      Haha! I don’t blame you at all! We ate an entire pan of roasted broc tonight.

  21. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy November 8, 2016 at 7:12 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I am so excited for brussels sprouts and cranberry season, so I LOVE that you have combined them. This looks amazing.

  22. Mary Jean Henson November 8, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Hi! Julie,
    I’m giving this recipe a trial run before the holiday! I am making this tonight. Think I will serve it with a roasted pork tenderloin. Looks yummy!

  23. Susie @ SuzLyfe November 8, 2016 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Julie. YES. Except I can’t do them for thanksgiving (even if I was cooking) because my mom has an aversion to Brussels sprouts because she is weird, but I am ALLLLLLL over this.

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      You’ll just have to make them for dinner then!

  24. Blane Sherer November 8, 2016 at 5:20 am - Reply

    I bet you will have many readers that will
    appreciate your sharing your Thanksgiving
    preparations over the next few weeks.

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