Recently I had the pleasure of sharing one of my favorite interactive tailgating dishes on Morning Express with Robin Meade on HLN. The segment was for the Tums Tailgating Sweepstakes Series and it shows how I make my DIY Brussel Sprouts Bar, which is a great alternative to traditional tailgating cuisine. Now you know that I’m a gal who loves a good BBQ, so it is included as an option. But I wanted to also give a variety of choices for those who may want to eat something a bit lighter or not so meat centric.
This can be made prior to heading to your tailgate celebration. I personally like to make individual servings in mini aluminum bowls that can be purchased online or at your local Dollar General. You can just take the lids off and toss them on the grill to reheat once everyone is ready to eat. Afterwards you’ll have an easy clean up so that you can enjoy the game.
When you make roasted brussel sprouts, you start with fresh raw brussel sprouts. After cleaning them, it is extremely important to make sure that they are dry. You don’t want to steam them once in the oven. I make sure mine are dry by placing them in a paper towel and giving a tight squeeze before cutting them in half. Also, you want to remember to place them cut side down on your pan. This allows your brussel sprouts to caramelize on the inside and produce a crisp outer layer.
Lastly, when choosing options for your toppings bar, have fun! In the video, you’ll learn that I love to add fried apples, bacon, and blue cheese to my brussel sprouts, but my husband likes to top his with pulled pork and barbecue sauce. The great thing is that you can top them with anything that you love and make it your own. Also, I know it may not seem possible, but you will get pretty full from this dish, especially if you add a lot of goodies on top. Enjoy!
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- 2 lbs Raw Brussel Sprouts
- 2 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
- Rinse off brussel sprouts
- Dry off completely to avoid steaming
- Peel off outer skin from brussel sprouts
- Cut brussel sprouts in half
- In a large bowl, toss brussel sprouts in olive oil, salt, and pepper
- Lay brussel sprouts cut side down on a large edged pan or cookie sheet
- Place in the oven for 30 minutes
- About half way through (15 minutes) give the pan a shake to make sure that the brussel sprouts don't stick to your pan.
- Once the 30 minutes is up, take out of oven and top with your favorite toppings