Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Balsamic Reduction

I saw this recipe over at The Pioneeer Woman and decided to give it a try. I love the combination of flavors, especially the tartness from the cranberries. I also think it’s an impressive side dish to serve with just about anything. Did you notice that I keep posting cranberry recipes? I’m obsessed. hehe 🙂 Oh, and a quick note… remember to drizzle on the Balsamic reduction. It’s very sweet so you will want to add it to taste.
And Happy New Year everyone! I wanted to share my new year resolution with everyone, but I really don’t have just one big resolution. So instead I came up with a list of little things I want to do this year.
Here we go!
  1. Make curtains for the living room
  2. Make sushi
  3. Grow as many tomatoes as possible so that I can make sauces for the winter
  4. Take a small road trip with hubs, Mimi, and Emmett
  5. Drink more water
  6. Become more organized… come up with a daily routine
  7. Sew an outfit for Mimi or Emmett… or a blanket, toy…. anything at all
  8. Repurpose my old clothing
  9. Cook a lobster
  10. Buy a new camera and learn how to use it
  11. Buy a domain and create a new banner
  12. Do something spontaneous, crazy, wacky, insane…. or just something a little different 🙂
  13. Paint the trim in the house…. oh my gosh we’ve been putting that off forever
  14. Make croissants (yikes…)
  15. Backup, organize, etc. my computer (especially the pics and videos)
  16. Teach Mimi some French words
  17. Learn to like….. *gulp*….. parsnips… bleck!
  18. Make a fancy dinner and invite my parents over
  19. Stop procrastinating
  20. Learn more about meat… I mean thoroughly understand the different cuts of meat, the names, everything…. buy a book and study it
I REALLY wanted to add “make pottery” to the list because it’s really a dream of mine, but that’s an expensive hobby so I’m going to wait on that one (especially since I plan to work on my photography skills). hehe But hey… even if I accomplish nothing on this list, it will still be a great year. I am surrounded by my family and that makes each year amazing.
Happy New Year everyone!



Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Balsamic Reduction
Serving Size = 16 (I cut this down to 3 servings)
Original Recipe: The Pioneer Woman

  • 3 lbs Brussels Sprouts
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I will reduce this to 1/4 cup next time, see the note below)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (I used fresh and increased the amount a bit)

Note: You could leave the sugar out of the reduction and it would work. I think it should be sweet, so I would add some but I think next time I will reduce the sugar by at least half.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Clean and trim the Brussels sprouts. Place onto a baking sheet (or dish) and toss with some oil. Sprinkle on just a bit of salt. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until brown.
  2. In the meantime, start the reduction. In a medium saucepan mix together the vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook until very thick (about 15 – 20 minutes). Click here for a picture of reduced Balsamic.
  3. When the Brussels sprouts are done, I throw the cranberries on top of them and let them cook 1 additional minute just to warm them up (the cranberries will break a bit).
  4. Before serving, drizzle on the reduction to taste.