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Brusssels Trees

It isn't too often that you find Brussels sprouts still on the"tree" so to speak. But there they were in Trader Joe's. They also came with a nifty recipe and so I decided to make it.
Brussels Trees (Adapted from Trader Joe's)

1 Brussels Sprout Stalk
3/4 c maple syrup
1/4 c olive oil
1T fresh thyme

Trim any really ugly looking parts off. Rinse and place in plastic wrap. I had to cut the stalk into two pieces in order for it to fit in my microwave. Cook on high in microwave for 5 minutes. Meanwhile mix maple syrup, olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Carefully remove stalk(s) from microwave. It is really hot! Remove plastic wrap. Place on a foil lined tray (I had thought of using the silpat but this is really sticky and I was glad I went for the easier clean up method). Pour maple syrup mixture over stalk. Turning the stalk over to coat evenly. 
Roast at 400 for about 35-40 minutes. Turning stalk over once or twice to coat with the syrup mixture. Remove from oven when sprouts are fork tender. Cut off Brussels Sprouts from stalk. Toss the sprouts in the remaining syrup mixture left in the pan and serve.
Mr. Trader Joe recommends serving with dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds. I didn't feel either were necessary.
Freed from the stalk


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