Roasted Queen Victoria Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk
|1 stalk Queen Victoria Brussels sprouts, washed, dried, and outer layers removed|
|2 cups chicken broth|
|1/2 cup DLM 100% Pure Maple Syrup|
|1/8 cup Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil|
|1/4 tsp sea salt|
|1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper|
|1 cup dried cranberries|
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Trim down stalk to fit your largest roasting pan, keeping the fullest, most uniform portion of the stalk intact. Remove sprouts from trimmed part of the stalk.
Heat broth to a simmer in small sauce pan. Place stalk in roasting pan. Add sprouts that have been removed from the trimmed part of the stalk by placing them in between attached sprouts. Pour stock into pan, cover, and place in oven, allowing stalk to steam for twenty minutes. If your roasting pan does not have a lid, tent with heavyweight aluminum foil.
Whisk maple syrup and olive oil together until completely emulsified. When sprouts are done steaming, remove pan from oven and carefully remove cover. Brush syrup mixture over sprouts, season with the salt and pepper, and return to oven to roast uncovered for about 45 minutes, basting every fifteen minutes with pan drippings, until slightly brown and fully cooked. If you notice that the pan drippings are starting to dry up or burn, add a little more water to the pan 1/2 cup at a time.
Remove from oven and place stalk on serving platter. Remove roasting rack from pan and add dried cranberries to pan drippings. Set roasting pan on stove over low heat and simmer for five minutes, allowing drippings to reduce and cranberries to plump. Pour remaining pan drippings and cranberries over roasted stalk and serve.