Maple + Basil Pesto Purple Brussel Sprouts w/ Vegan Smoky Eggplant Bacon
Difficulty: 3/5 (5 being hardest)
Spice Level: 1/3 (3 being spiciest)
Prep & Cook Time: 60 minutes
The Challenge: Sick Nasty Brussel Sprouts
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Who loves brussel sprouts? I love brussel sprouts You love brussels. We love brussels. Let’s make some delicious brussels.
We have created an absolutely exquisite recipe here for you tonight with a pesto that is a mixture of basil + maple syrup. Say WHHHATTT?! We mixed basil + maple syrup and created this sweet tangy salty herbaceous blend that works so well with brussels! It is AWESOME, and its not like anything you ever have tasted before.
One of the coolest thing about this dish is that we used purple brussel sprouts. You can definitely use green brussels, but purple are so beautiful and so fun to work with. If you can find them, definitely use them!
Oh my goodness - it is so DAMN good. Now, we then pair it with a vegan bacon - eggplant version. I really love rice paper bacon. I really love potato bacon and shiitake. Eggplant is like my 4th favorite, but it is really quite tasty as well, and I think it is a great way to use a vegetable to make a super crispy form of bacon that is really approachable for everyone!
You’ll love this recipe, and it will absolutely kick your taste bud’s butt! Y-U-M.
Let’s get into it!
Maple Basil Brussel Sprouts
1.5 lbs of purple brussel sprouts, washed, halved
1 tbl olive oil
Spices: 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/4 tsp cumin
2 tbl maple syrup
1.5 cup basil, packed
1/4 cup parsley, packed
1 tbl olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup walnuts
2 large Chinese eggplants (sub 1 medium eggplant)
2.5 tbl olive oil
2 tbl nutritional yeast
2 tbl liquid aminos
Spices: 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika, pinch of black pepper
1/3 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 tbl maple syrup
toasted walnuts (optional)
Equipment You'll Need:
Cutting Board . Sharp Cutting Knife . Measuring Cups . Measuring Spoons . Mixing Bowls . Castiron Pan . Baking Sheet . Parchment Paper . Mandolin
Before You Cook:
Chop + wash fresh ingredients
Preheat oven to 300F