Monday, April 15, 2013

Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Hoisin Sauce and Sesame seeds

These Brussel sprouts are finger licking good and ultimately addictive. I came up with recipe to use up five brussel sprouts which were sitting in my refrigerator waiting to be used. There was nothing I could come up with to pair them up with some other vegetable. Hence this recipe was born.
The brussel sprouts are simply shredded either with a knife or your trusted food processor (use the slicing blade). Then they are tossed with four ingredients - hoisin sauce ( a sweet and salty Chinese barbecue sauce), toasted sesame oil, chili flakes and sesame seeds. And in the oven they go and come out wonderfully crispy and delicious.
This recipe can be multiplied easily. The only thing to watch for is to ensure you use a large enough baking sheet so that the Brussel sprouts are in a single layer. Also, if you use a very heavy baking sheet, the sprouts will stew instead of roasting. Hence a medium weight baking sheet is good for this dish.

Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Hoisin sauce and sesame seeds
5 Brussel sprouts, cleaned and shredded
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
pinch of dried chili flakes (adjust as per how spicy you like it)
2 teaspoons sesame oil + 1 teaspoon canola oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, toss the shredded Brussel sprouts with all the ingredients EXCEPT the sesame seeds.
  3. Lay them out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the middle rack of the oven. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet and sprinkle the sesame seeds. Put back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until the edges are crisp.
Serves 1 to 2 persons.
Note: Hoisin sauce can be purchased at most grocery stores in the US or at an Asian grocery store or online at amazon.

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