Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Pistachio Pesto

Brussels sprouts, great food source of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre, make the perfect holiday side dish. Simply season them with salt, pepper, garlic powder and tossed with olive oil, then roast until beautifully carmelized. And the leftover can be quickly turned into a delicious pasta for lunch!
Recipe adapted from Steamy Kitchen

For Brussels SproutsCranberry Pistachio Pesto
  • 750 g Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp Dried garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 60 g Shelled pistachios
  • 60 g Dried cranberries
  • 3 clove Roasted garlic
  • 3 tbsp Flat parsley, chopped
  • 100 ml Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. To trim Brussels sprouts, first cut off the stem end and remove any loose or wilted leaves. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half, lengthwise. Place them in a bowl, and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add the olive oil and toss until thoroughly coated.
  2. Transfer to a shallow baking dish large enough to hold the sprouts in single layer. Roast until the sprouts are browned on the outside and tender on the inside, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes.
  3. Place the pistachios, cranberries, roasted garlic and flat parsley into a food processor and process until very finely chopped. While the food processor is running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Serve the roasted Brussels sprouts with the cranberry pistachio pesto.


fuat gencal 2/12/10 12:31

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Hayley 2/12/10 12:55

Bookmarking it...just one word I have to say Awesome !!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 2/12/10 12:56

it doesnt get more festive than this dish for Christmas tables wow! gorgeous!

Unknown 2/12/10 13:02

Wow looks super tempting

Honey Bee Sweets 2/12/10 13:27

Brassel sprouts are not common in Asia but I remember I used to just sauté these with butter and garlic (boring). But your version is with pesto is fabulous! Fragrant herb and garlic but sweet tangy cranberries... Yum. Love the pasta too!

Belinda @zomppa 2/12/10 13:37

You can make anything look good!!

ann low 2/12/10 13:52

Oh..this is such a nutritious and healthy! Perfect!

♥peachkins♥ 2/12/10 13:59

Me and my daughter both love pesto.Now why didn't I think of putting cranberries?? I'm sure this is delicious!

Unknown 2/12/10 13:59

That looks really delicious. brussels sprouts, roasted garlic, pistachios and cranberries... yum.

Carol 2/12/10 14:13

We love brussles sprouts and the cranberry pesto must take them way over the top! Looks delicious!

Anna's Table 2/12/10 14:35

Brussels sprouts are always a bone of contention at our holiday table. I'm sure your recipe with the cranberry pistachio pesto will convince even the naysayers of this much maligned vegetable. I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

busygran 2/12/10 14:35

Nice pesto, can taste the tang of the cranberries!

Dimah 2/12/10 14:57

That looks absolutely healthy and fantastic!

Unknown 2/12/10 15:14

In all honesty, I am not really a brussel sprouts kind of girl, but that pesto sounds absolutely awesome! I'd love to try some of that over pasta.
*kisses* HH

Claudia 2/12/10 15:20

I'm actually a Brussell-sprout lover so went into happy smiles when I saw this dish. The pesto is inspired and perfect for the holidays.

Biren @ Roti n Rice 2/12/10 15:29

That's a lovely pesto for Christmas. Looks festive.

Wen 2/12/10 15:42

I love pesto! This is special with cranberry added, I like to serve this with roast turkey & grill fish!

Kitten with a Whisk 2/12/10 15:59

I just tried Brussel Sprouts for the first time last night, this recipe sounds amazing and will try it the next time I have them.

Anonymous 2/12/10 16:03

I love the idea of cranberry pistachio pesto, what a great combination of flavors! Wonderful with roasted brussels sprouts.

Finla 2/12/10 16:07

I don't like brussels sprouts. But this looks really good with pasta.

Jeannie 2/12/10 16:16

I love the look of the pesto sauce! Looks so delicious over that plate of brussel sprouts!

Kumi 2/12/10 16:42

What a great pesto idea! I love brussels sprouts... I guess I need to get some next time I'm out!

Faith 2/12/10 17:03

This pesto is such a delicious, inspired idea! It's so festive and perfect for this time of year!

Rachana 2/12/10 17:12

This looks awesome. Cranbberry pistachio pesto is a great idea :-)

WendyinKK 2/12/10 17:18

The pesto looks really good! Never thought of adding dried fruits to it.

Roxan 2/12/10 17:26

Angie, this looks amazing. Brussels sprouts are my favorite vegetable! And, I have all the ingredients at home to make this pesto. Yum~


Angie~ big smooches to you! I just tweeted and saved this for Christmas dinner. Also bowing at your feet...

Sutapa 2/12/10 17:59

Awesome pesto Angie bookmarking this recipe!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 2/12/10 18:15

I will be saving this idea for Christmas! Sounds delicious, Angie!

Puja 2/12/10 18:29

Your recipes are always so original and them all!!

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Unknown 2/12/10 19:18

Pesto is just fantastic...o my my can't wait to give it a try!

Priya Suresh 2/12/10 19:50

Such a inviting and new pesto, adding brussels sprouts sounds truly interesting..

Anonymous 2/12/10 20:18

That looks really creative!

Unknown 2/12/10 20:49

I confess I read the title and though BLECHH, then I click and see this picture that looks like a fine delicacy...want!

Stella 2/12/10 22:12

Angie! Angie! I want to declare you the pesto queen. I have seen many a pesto on this blog-all impressive. This one with cranberries and pistachios over Brussels sprouts takes the cake though;)

A Canadian Foodie 2/12/10 22:36

The pesto recipe alone would be great on any number of items, Angie. You have such a creative culinary imagination that I never fail to be surprised whenever I pop by!

Lisa H. 3/12/10 01:56

Brusselsprout... yum... love to have them either stir-fry, steam or gratin.. and now I've learned another way to enjoy my sprouts... :)

kitchen flavours 3/12/10 01:56

This pesto is fantastic. Looks great with the brussels sprouts and the pasta! Beautiful dishes!

Elin Chia 3/12/10 02:05

Angie...I am so going to make this dish. Thanks so much for the cranberry pistachio pesto...good for my pasta and roasts....hahaha just nice for Xmas treat :) thanks thanks thanks Angie !!!

Zurin 3/12/10 02:07

WOW! Angie! that pesto is out of this world. M making it because I have pistachios waiting to be used. O MY ! n beautiful pics too!

Kitchen Corner 3/12/10 02:33

Pistachio pesto! Something very new to me! I'm so curious about the taste. Think to try it out for my pasta, thanks for sharing!

chow and chatter 3/12/10 05:20

wow this looks amazing what a cool way to serve Brussels sprouts :-)

tigerfish 3/12/10 05:53

The pesto is so festive! Perfect with tis' season's brussel sprouts :)

Joyti 3/12/10 06:41

Cranberry pesto - I bet that's delicious. It certainly is pretty...

pigpigscorner 3/12/10 10:50

I like the idea of adding cranberries in pesto! Very seasonal!

Joanne 3/12/10 13:22

If there's one thing I think I definitely need in my life, it's that pesto. Delicious!

Paul Jennette 3/12/10 14:11

Absolutely divine!! Thanks for including lunch the next day... Perfect.

lisaiscooking 3/12/10 15:04

I already love roasted brussels sprouts, and this pesto sounds fantastic with them!

Joy 3/12/10 15:26

That looks great. Cranberries and pistachios goes so well together.

MaryMoh 3/12/10 15:27

Beautiful pesto sauce. Bet it's good with anything. Love it.

Ivy 3/12/10 17:28

Fresh cranberries came to my mind when I read the title but sounds like a great idea with dried ones as I can get some.

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 3/12/10 18:24

Before my friends' Thanksgiving this year, I had never had brussels sprouts, but now I really enjoy them! This looks like a wonderful way to prepare them now that I've been introduced to something different. Thanks for sharing this, Angie!

Magic of Spice 3/12/10 18:29

Wow, I absolutely love this pesto! You have had pesto on your mind I can see, and this is so perfect for the season :) And you are making brussel sprouts mighty tempting :)
Have a wonderful weekend Angie...

Krishnaveni 3/12/10 21:10

love all the ingredients you have used, yum yum

Anonymous 3/12/10 21:14

One of my favorite veggies and you brought it up a notch. I cannot wait to make this for my veggie clients. THANKS!

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La Bella Cooks 4/12/10 00:02

I have come to love Brussels lately and this is another recipe I am going to be trying. How incredible it looks!

Mary Bergfeld 4/12/10 00:16

Angie, this really sounds deliciously wonderful. I've not seen this combination before, but would love to try it. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 4/12/10 00:38

What a unique way to use fresh cranberries. Never would've thought of it. Looks delicious, of course!

Reeni 4/12/10 02:25

This is off the delicious chart Angie! I am loving that incredible pesto sauce - the star of the dish!

Devaki 4/12/10 02:52

Super festive, Super Christmassy :)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Anonymous 4/12/10 03:06

This is such a great festive recipe. I have bookmarked it to make for this Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown 4/12/10 03:57

This is wonderful, I have to get my hands on some brussels sprouts and make this, thanks for sharing;)

Karen 4/12/10 05:21

Angie, your cranberry pistachio pesto is killer!!

Monet 4/12/10 07:08

I adore Brussel Sprouts with a simple dressing of lemon and red pepper, so I know that I would just die if I took a bite of one of these beauties! The pesto sounds amazing, and I'm sure it does wonders to my favorite winter veggie! Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

Cheah 4/12/10 09:23

Wow, Angie another great creation! Super combo and as always, beautiful clicks!

Quay Po Cooks 4/12/10 11:29

Beatiful festive looking dish! I am going to have this on my Christmas Menu! Thanks!

Beth 4/12/10 12:45

What an unusual yet appealing combination! It looks absolutely delicious, and it's perfect for this time of year.

tasteofbeirut 4/12/10 16:46

this is a wonderful idea! I have never tried combining cranberries and pistachios in a pesto but now that I see it it makes perfect culinary sense; the pasta dish looks wonderful as well!

Kate 4/12/10 16:59

What a wonderful combination!! I'm going to make this one :-) Thanks!! Kate @ kateiscooking

fimere 4/12/10 22:30

une belle présentation et une appétissante préparation
j'aime beaucoup les saveurs qui s'y trouvent
bonne soirée

Cristina - TeenieCakes 5/12/10 03:48

OMGosh Angie! This looks amazing...aesthetically beautiful and seasonally appropriate. An absolutely gorgeous dish. I'm heading out tomorrow to pick up some brussel sprouts!

Katie@Cozydelicious 5/12/10 04:36

I love roasted brussels sprouts but would never have thought to toss them with such a great combo of flavors - sweet, rich and salty, this sounds awesome!

Amy @ cookbookmaniac 5/12/10 09:07

this is so inventive and looks delicious. i am bookmarking this recipe :)

Raina 5/12/10 16:15

Wow! That is probably the best way I have ever seen brussel sprouts prepared. That pesto sounds wonderful with the tart cranberries:)

OysterCulture 6/12/10 03:40

This just sounds delicious and perfect with the cranberries to be on everyone's plate this holiday.

Elina (Russian Bites) 6/12/10 22:37

I LOOOOOOOVE brussels sprouts but I've never had them with pesto. This one sounds so unique and delicious. Gotta try it asap (I actually had plans to make some brussels sprouts so I have some in the fridge!).

Megan @ Foodalution 7/12/10 03:55

Angie... this looks awesome. I love the color combos.. very festive. But it is really the flavors that are so delicious when put together. Thanks again for keeping cooking real! Always inventing delicious dishes! - Megan

Maria 8/12/10 23:20

my husband was just complaining last night that I have not made brussel sprouts in a long time ... and I am sure he would love to try them this way. This looks amazing!


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