It seems people either love brussel sprouts or they hate them.  I love them, my daughter - not so much.  With this dish there was a sweetness to the sauce and roasting the vegetables brought out more sweetness - yes, she did like brussel sprouts in this dish.  However, she also mentioned, this would be the only way she would eat them, thank you kindly!
If you can not get blood orange (they have a very short season) a tangerine or mandarin orange would work nicely here.
4-5 large carrots, cut into chunks
1 small rutabaga, cut into same size chunks
20 brussel sprouts, trimmed and halved
5 fresh Sage leaves
1 bay leaf
4 cups of chicken stock
Blood Orange Thyme Sauce:
zest and juice of 1 blood orange
1 large shallot
2 big Tblsp. butter
2 tsp. fresh Thyme
salt and pepper to taste
Note:  we had this side dish for Christmas dinner.  I used the stock to cook the turkey gizzards, which then was used to make the turkey good!  This dish would be lovely with roast beef, pork or chicken - any dish where gravy is served.
Prepare the vegetables.  Add the rutabaga to a good sized pot with the sage leaves, bay leaf, and chicken stock.  Bring to a boil and turn down to a good simmer.  Cook for 5 minutes, then add in the carrots and cook for 4 minutes, then add the brussel sprouts and cook for another 3-4 minutes.  Drain the liquid and set aside to use for gravy.  Transfer the steamed vegetables to a casserole dish and set aside.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Melt the butter in a sauce pan.  Add the shallots, salt, fresh cracked pepper and the Thyme.  Simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes.  Then add the zest and juice of a blood orange, and reduce to half.
Pour over the vegetables and toss to coat.
Transfer to the oven and roast about 30 minutes, tossing half way through the cooking time.
Serve right away with any main dish.

Ina Gawne


  1. You always get so creative with your dishes, Ina, yet at the same time they are so simple! My kind of recipes for sure. Love this one, dear. I spent most of my life thinking that I didn't like Brussels sprouts. When I finally ate some fresh ones and not those frozen things, I found out that I really like them! 🙂
    Thanks for this recipe and Happy New Year!

  2. I think thyme is my favourite herb and the orange juice idea is genius. These must have tasted delicious.XO

  3. I made this now, 3 times already & everytime, Pter & I love it so much! Once we served it with organic chicken gyros & sweet potato mash! So gooddddd!!! Very festive too! xxx

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December 30, 2013