Tangy Apricot Brussels Sprouts

I know, ew, Brussels sprouts. Hear me out.

While visiting home this summer, I had a transcendent experience at Merchants (the restaurant formerly known as Teller’s) in Lawrence, Kansas. I can’t even claim responsibility for stellar ordering since someone else at the table chose the appetizers. Like most sane people, I don’t usually jump at the chance to eat Brussels sprouts. These changed my life though, and I vowed then and there to figure out how to recreate them.

A quick Google search landed me on The Baker Mama’s recipe for Crispy Asian Brussels Sprouts, which happens to be inspired by a restaurant dish as well. A few test runs later I came up with this sweeter and tangier version that more closely resembles what they serve at Merchants.

(vegan, gluten free, naturally sweetened, nut free—I defy anyone to come up with a reason not to eat these)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound or 15-20 Brussels sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons dark or amber pure maple syrup (if using light or traditional substitutes for maple syrup, 1-2 T)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sriracha
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ~6 dried apricots, sliced thinly
  • oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cut the base off of the Brussels sprouts and chop them in half. Rinse and dry. Toss with oil on a rimmed cookie sheet before putting in the oven. Cook 30 min, stir once halfway through. You want them to get a little charred, but keep an eye out and don’t let them burn.
  2. Reduce remaining ingredients over medium heat.
  3. Sift through the Brussels and remove any over-charred (read: burnt) loose leaves.
  4. Toss the sprouts in the sauce and enjoy!
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