Today I went to the store with a short list that had maybe six things on it. But I left the store with at least a dozen items. How does that happen? Were the Brussels sprouts really so seductive that I couldn’t leave without them? (Yes.) Did I really need 18 eggs? (Yes.) And cake mix? (Actually, no, but I thought I did at the time.)
The grocery store is a wild temptress, for sure. Is it just me? Does that ever happen to you?
So, those Brussels sprouts. I didn’t really have any plans for them — I wasn’t even sure when I would use them. But, you know, I adore Brussels sprouts, so I knew I’d find a way.
I ended up whipping some up tonight as a little snack (they’d be equally good as a side dish). I roasted the Brussels sprouts with just a whisper of cooking oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Then I mixed them with walnuts and grated Asiago cheese. Finally, I finished it off with a drizzle of walnut oil. The slightly sweet roasted Brussels sprouts have a rich, warmth to them with the infusion of walnut throughout. Perfect.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Asiago Cheese
1 heaping cup trimmed and halved fresh Brussels sprouts
cooking oil spray
salt and pepper
1 tbsp toasted walnuts
1 tbsp freshly grated Asiago cheese
1/2 tsp walnut oil
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread out the Brussels sprouts and spray very lightly with cooking oil spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15-16 minutes, until they begin to brown.
Toss the Brussels sprouts with the walnuts and Asiago cheese. Pour into a bowl. Drizzle with walnut oil. If desired, sprinkle with a little additional salt (recommended).
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.