Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnut Oil and Gorgonzola

| March 3, 2011 | 4 Comments

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Months and months ago, I bought a bottle of walnut oil, with the good intention of trying it. Except, then I got it home and couldn’t remember what I wanted to try it in. Or why I even thought I would use it. So it sat in the cabinet, untouched.

Recently I noticed that lonely bottle of walnut oil, and made a mental note to do something with it. Except, I wasn’t even sure what applications walnut oil might be good for and I was never near a computer when I thought about it. So, it sat a little longer until the stars suddenly aligned one day, and I remembered to Tweet my question. An answer came almost immediately from Evan Barbour, who is an editorial assistant at Fine Cooking. She walked me through what it’s good for (mostly cold applications, but its flavor is enhanced when it’s warmed a little — like in the case of these roasted Brussels sprouts), and made some suggestions of what to try it on (roasted sunchokes, root veggies, etc). It was unbelievably helpful.

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It’s funny, a few years ago, I moderated a BlogHer panel on social media and cooking, and at the time, Twitter was still in its infancy and Facebook wasn’t nearly as widespread in popularity. People were learning to use sites like Yelp, some loving the concept. But as I sat on the panel, asking questions, it occurred to me that the panel was coming perhaps a little too soon — we were all just starting to adopt the social media platforms that are now essential marketing, communication and relationship-building tools.

That was nearly three years ago. Today, a simple tweet asking about an ingredient can lead to a great conversation with someone you might never have known otherwise. Today, when you need that last-second help, you can turn to social media and get answers. Just yesterday, a reader sent me a note asking for help with a recipe — she wanted to know if she could skip a step (it was possible, but the results wouldn’t be as good), and I sent her back a swift response, along with a similar recipe that didn’t require that step. That recipe alternative was just what she was looking for.

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So, this fabulous recipe for warm, slightly sweet Brussels sprouts that are infused with a hint of walnut-iness and bathed in melty gorgonzola is all thanks to social media. What a cool world we live in.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnut Oil and Gorgonzola
 
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Serves: serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp walnut oil
  • 2 tbsp crumbled gorgonzola cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Spread the Brussels sprouts out on the baking sheet. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake the Brussels sprouts for 15 minutes, or until slightly browned, stirring once. Remove from the oven and immediately transfer to a mixing bowl. Toss with the walnut oil and gorgonzola cheese.
  4. Double check the seasoning and salt more, if necessary.
  5. Serve immediately.

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Category: Quick and Easy Recipes, Recipes, side dishes, vegetables, vegetarian

About the Author ()

Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. patsyk says:

    I love roasted brussels sprouts… will have to try them with walnut oil and gorgonzola next time! yum!

  2. Kate says:

    This is just what I was looking for! I was gifted walnut oil and have no idea what to use it for.

  3. Sounds yummy. Walnut oil is also an excellent dressing for pear, walnut and gorgonzola salad.

  4. Just love roasted brussel sprouts and I have to try them with walnut oil and gorgonzola!

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