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Brussels sprouts lover or hater? You’re about to become a lover after you try making these crispy brussels sprouts with tahini sauce and almonds!
How to become a brussels sprouts lover
If you’re a brussels sprouts hater, I have to ask… have you ever tried roasted brussels sprouts (yes, they’re crispy!)? And if you’re still a hater of roasted brussels sprouts, have you tried roasted brussels sprouts with tahini sauce and almonds?
I’ve already written a post about how fantastic tahini sauce is, and one of the amazing uses I mentioned was to drizzle it all over roasted vegetables.
The icing on the cake is a generous sprinkle of toasted slivered almonds over the top. The combination is magical. It’s a lot harder to hate brussels sprouts when you have them this way!
How do you roast brussels sprouts?
Roasting is my favourite way to cook brussels sprouts. It’s super easy, especially if you’re turning on the oven anyway.
Roasting brussels sprouts gives them a sweeter, almost caramelised flavour. It also gives you an amazing crispy (did I mention these are crispy brussels sprouts?) blank canvas to paint even more deliciousness on.
So this is how:
- Wash the brussels sprouts thoroughly and remove any shabbier outer leaves.
- Slice off the narrow stalk end off the brussels.
- Slice the brussels in half vertically.
- Scatter them over a large baking tray in one layer. Don’t worry about any leaves that fall off. Keep them on the tray – they will become beautifully crispy!
- Drizzle fairly generously with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Toss with your hands.
- Roast at a high temperature for around 30 minutes. Make sure you jiggle the tray 2 or 3 times during cooking.
Pro tip: Brussels sprouts are really easy to roast, but you’ll want to keep an eye on them towards the end of the cooking time. You want them to be golden brown with plenty of crispy bits, but not burnt!
How to make them
Once you have roasted your brussels sprouts to crispy perfection, this is what you need to turn them from good to amazing:
- 1 batch of 5-minute tahini dressing or sauce (just 6 simple ingredients: tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt and water)
- slivered almonds, toasted lightly in a dry frying pan
So all you do is roast your brussels sprouts (see method above!). While your brussels are doing their magic in the oven, you can prepare the 5-minute tahini dressing and lightly toast your almonds in a dry frying pan or cast iron pan.
When the brussels sprouts come out of the oven, it’s best to serve them immediately if you can to keep as much yummy crisp as possible. Quickly drizzle over a generous amount of tahini dressing, then scatter over the almonds.
You won’t believe how delicious this recipe is!
How crispy will they be?
Well… not crispy like triple cooked chips/fries, but subtly crispy like crispy seaweed (if you’ve ever tried that!).
If some of the brussels sprouts leaves have separated from the brussels sprouts on the tray, all the better. These escaped leaves will probably be extra crispy!
How to make the dressing
There’s loads more information about this incredible sauce or dressing and its multiple delicious uses in this post. But for now here’s a photo reminder of how to make it:
How to serve your sprouts
These crispy vegetables would work really well as a side dish to any kind of roasted meat or fish.
You can drizzle more tahini sauce over your plate if you like (highly recommended!).
Or… they’re also great served as part of a ‘mezze’ or sharing style meal if you want to stick to the Mediterranean theme. How about adding Greek baked chicken wings ? Or halloumi fries, zucchini fries, and baked Greek eggplant for a delicious vegetarian meal?
Pro tip: True brussels sprouts hater in the house? May I suggest serving roasted cauliflower, kale or butternut squash instead?
More scrummy side dishes
- This 30-minute Greek mac and cheese is a surprisingly quick, easy and delicious option that uses evaporated milk instead of white sauce – especially tasty served with some simple meat or fish on the side.
- These cheesy roasted cauliflower mashed potatoes are legendary!
- For some simple luxury to serve with roast meat and vegetables, try this potato bake with bacon.
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Crispy brussels sprouts with tahini sauce and almonds
For the roasted brussels sprouts
- 1 pound brussels sprouts
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- salt & pepper to taste
For the tahini sauce/dressing (see more information in this post)
- ¼ cup flaked almonds
For the brussels sprouts
- Pre-heat the oven to 390F/200C.
- Wash the brussels sprouts and remove any battered or dirty looking outer leaves. Slice the narrow end off and slice in two lengthwise.
- Scatter over a large baking tray in one layer, then drizzle with the olive oil. Include any leaves that have fallen off! Grind over salt and pepper to taste.
- Roast for around 25 to 35 minutes until the brussels are golden brown and crispy. Toss once or twice during cooking. Keep a close eye on them towards the end of the cooking time so that they don't burn.
- Tip onto a serving platter or into a bowl and serve as soon as you can as described below.
For the tahini sauce and almonds
- Meanwhile, whisk the lemon juice into the tahini in a small bowl or jug (I use a small whisk or a tea spoon).
- Slowly whisk in the water until you have a smooth paste that's a little thinner than mayonnaise.
- Whisk in the crushed garlic, cumin (if using) and salt. Set aside.
- Heat the flaked almonds in a small frying pan for a few minutes. Shake regularly until they are golden brown. Keep a close eye on them as they burn quite easily!
- Drizzle the tahini sauce generously over the crispy brussels sprouts. Scatter with the toasted almonds and serve.