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Za'atar Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate & Pistachio

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people as a side

Ingredients

  • 1-1.5 pounds brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
  • 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh thyme destemmed
  • 1/3 cup fresh pomegranate seeds from about half a fruit
  • 3 scallions thinly sliced
  • small handful pistachios coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tsp za'atar spice plus more for sprinkling
  • pomegranate molasses for drizzling
  • kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper
  • olive oil (or bacon fat if you've got it) for sprouts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425*. Keep a pan in upper third rack so it gets extra hot for good sprouts browning.

  2. Toss the sprouts, shallot, and thyme in a bowl with salt and pepper. 

    Once the oven is hot, add a good slick of oil to the pan and put it back in the oven for another minute for the oil to heat up too. 

    Then plop the sprouts in, cut side down if you want to be compulsive about life, and let them roast their little butts off for 15 minutes -- until they've caramelized and the leaves are crispy. 

  3. Sprinkle sprouts with the za'atar, coating well. 

    At this point I'd suggest you move them to the plate so you can finish it and keep it all pretty.

  4. Once on the serving dish, scatter the pomegranate, scallion, and pistachios over the whole business. 

  5. Swirl generous swoops of pomegranate molasses over the plate, a last pinch of sea salt, and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Serve this as a side with Macaroni & Cheese with Bacon Scallion Crumble or Candy Apple Pork Belly and people just might fall in love with you. I know I would.
  • Za'atar is a Middle Eastern blend of herbs mainly comprised of sumac, dried thyme, sesame seeds, and sometimes cumin, aleppo, and family secrets. Get it and use it on everything from roast chicken to popcorn. You can buy it at good spice stores or make your own blend. 
  • Pomegranate molasses is one of my absolute favorite condiments to cook with. It's tart and syrupy and has a really strong backbone that stands out in a crowd. Nowadays you can find it at any main grocery store. If you're looking for more pomegranate-y sauced goodness check out Easy Fried Sweetbreads with Sticky Pomegranate.