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Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash And Brussels Sprouts

Mar 15, 2020
Butternut squash
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About the melding of sweet and sour flavors in this recipe, Food Guy Greg Patent writes: "Roasted butternut squash and Brussels sprouts, with a red onion sweet and sour sauce. It’s a terrific side dish to serve with a main dish meat or vegetable - and you make it ahead! I’m a big fan of sweet/sour dishes because they deliver a big punch of flavor. Just about every cuisine features something that’s sweet and sour. Think Chinese sweet and sour chicken, shrimp, or pork; or German Sauerbraten; or Italian agrodolce, where vinegar and sugar unite to bump the flavor of a dish up to new heights.

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According to Mark Twain, “A cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education”. 

"We know everything already about cauliflower and Brussels sprouts; we just steam them and maybe put some butter on them and we're done, right?" asks Jon Jackson of Greg Patent. Greg gamely takes the bait: "I used to only put cauliflower into soups, or cook Brussels sprouts with chestnuts at Thanksgiving. But I've discovered how well they both profit from browning."