Roasted Brussel Sprouts w/Sausage & Garlic

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
 My eyes are always peeled for recipes that are low-carb and delicious. Now sometimes I find them in the most unlikely places -- at least that is what I thought when I recently saw this recipe at Italian Food Forever. Afterall, isn't Italian food all about pasta?

NOT!!! This recipe actually reminds me of one from Jeff Smith - The Frugal Gourmet. Remember him? He would have called this peasant food -- it is, but what glorious peasant food it is!! Not fussy, time-consuming or fancy ingredients required -- one pan to prepare and a bowl to serve from. Since brussel sprouts are a huge hit here, I plan to make this often!! Oh, and if you are feeding non-low-carb eaters, some crusty bread would be the perfect accompanyment.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts w/Sausages & Garlic

2 pounds fresh Brussel Sprouts
1 pound Mild Italian Sausage (bulk or links)
4-5 cloves garlic
2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste
red pepper flakes
Flaked or shredded Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400°F. Trim ends off the Brussel Sprouts and cut in half (quarter if large). Put onto baking sheet. Season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and then drizzle with olive oil. Break sausage meat around and on top of sprouts. Roast for 15 minutes. Stir, turning over the sprouts. Roast another 10 minutes then add garlic and stir again. Continue roasting until well carmelized on the outside and tender inside - about another 10 minutes. Serve with Parmesan. Makes 4-6 Main dish servings.