It’s the holiday season, and though we always look forward to the traditional dishes, it’s fun to zest things up! Brussels are a great late fall crop to utilize for these upcoming holidays. Check out this yummy dish that includes brussel sprouts, fresh cranberries, miso paste and even maple syrup! The whole family will love this side dish.


  • 2 tbsp pecans (or walnuts or almond flakes)
  • 1 lb fresh brussel sprouts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 0.25 lb fresh cranberries
  •  3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 orange, juice and zest
  • 2 tbsp shiro / white miso paste (if you want gluten free, make sure you check the package!)
  • 1-1½ tsp sambal oelek (chilli paste) or chilli flakes, to taste


  1. Roast pecans (walnuts or sliced almonds) in a dry pan until fragrant and lightly browned. Remember to move them around the pan often, they can burn easily.
  2. Set the oven to 355° F and line one large baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Wash and dry the brussel sprouts, trim the ends and slice them in half. Coat in 1 tbsp of olive oil and place them on two thirds of a large baking tray.
  4. In a separate bowl, coat cranberries in 1½ tbsp of maple syrup and 1½ tbsp of orange juice and sprinkle with orange zest. Spread them at the other end of the baking tray – make sure you do not overcrowd the tray (especially when it comes to brussel sprouts) so if there isn’t enough space, roast them on separate trays. Roast the brussel sprouts and cranberries for about 15 minutes.
  5. Mix miso paste, 1½ tbsp of maple syrup, 3 tbsp of orange juice and chilli sauce together in a mixing bowl.
  6. After 15 minutes, remove the brussel sprouts from the oven and toss them in the miso marinade. Return them to the baking tray and bake for another 5 minutes, until charred in places. Check up on the cranberries, they may be ready (soft and saucy), in which case take them off the tray with a spatula. Otherwise return them to the oven with the brussel sprouts for another 5 minutes.
  7. For serving, place the roasted brussel sprouts and cranberries on a large serving platter. Sprinkle with toasted nuts, some fresh orange zest and/or black pepper. Maybe even some honey glaze would be nice!

Serve it up right next to your favorite dishes at any holiday gathering! Enjoy!!

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