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Old 10-25-2006, 10:57 AM   #1
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Question Roasting Frozen Brussel Sprouts

Tonight I'm going to roast a chicken & strew chunks of root vegetables (rutabaga, turnip, potatoes, & carrots) in the pan around the bird to cook along with it. For a touch of color & to add a green veggie to this mix, I'd like to add a bag of frozen "petite" brussel sprouts to this concoction, but am not sure of the best way to do this, especially since there is nothing worse than mushy cooked-to-death sprouts.

I figure the options are:

1) Cook the sprouts separately & toss them with the roasted root veggies just before serving.

2) Just blanch the frozen sprouts & add them to the roasting pan about halfway through the cooking time (about 1 to 1-1/2 hours).

3) Add the still frozen sprouts to the roasting pan at some point during the cooking time.

Any suggestions?

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Old 10-25-2006, 11:02 AM   #2
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I'm thinking the frozen sprouts are gonna throw off quite a bit of water. However, the flavor of roasted sprouts is fabulous, so roasting them is the optimum... Can you thaw and drain them before the whole cooking process? I think that's what I'd do. then add them to the roasting pan about 20-30 minutes before the whole dish is done. You don't want to over cook them, and the baby ones won't take as long as your potatoes and carrots...
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Old 10-25-2006, 11:05 AM   #3
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That's a good idea - thanks. I can take them out now. That will give them more than enough time to thaw since I won't be putting the bird in the oven till around 5:30 or so.
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Old 10-25-2006, 11:05 AM   #4
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You don't want to roast them frozen, I don't think, as they'll give off too much water.

The best part about roasted brussel spouts is the nutty crunch they get, so I personally wouldn't opt for #1, either.

I'd probably just defrost them, dry thoroughly and add them at the appropriate time -- they'll probably need about 1/2 hour.

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Old 10-25-2006, 11:16 AM   #5
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Well, I wouldn't roast them frozen because of the water content - no one has said that yet have they?

Agree with completely thawed (even if you have to use the defrost cycle on your microwave), completely dried, and roasting.
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Old 10-25-2006, 03:49 PM   #6
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I would microwave them with some butter and serve on the side. Idon't think roasting frozen brussel sprouts is going to work out well.
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Old 10-25-2006, 05:03 PM   #7
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Heres my .02 thaw them first DO NOT roast frozen LOL just kiddin :)
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:34 PM   #8
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Well - here's to experimentation (so long as you're not cooking for guests - lol).

Since the brand of frozen vegetables I buy is high-quality (Hanover) & the sprouts are only the size of marbles, I decided to thaw & drain 1/3 of the bag & leave the rest frozen. I added the frozen sprouts to one side of the roasting pan 20 minutes before the end of roasting time, & added the thawed sprouts to the other side of the pan 10 minutes before the end. The thawed sprouts literally disintegrated; the frozen ones were absolutely PERFECT!!! Didn't exude any extra liquid to the pan juices, & were sweet, nutty, firm/tender.

Now like I said, these are high-quality individually frozen bagged baby sprouts. Perhaps larger boxed sprouts wouldn't work as well. I rarely if ever buy boxed frozen vegetables because I find the water/frost content too high.

But if you have bagged frozen sprouts & want to roast them with a chicken & other veggies - tossing them into the pan frozen works just fine!!!
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:52 PM   #10
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Well blow me down!!!!! Glad you had the foresight to try both ways. Thanks! Now, I've put frozen veggies in with a chicken to roast - just never thought of actually roasting ONLY the Brussels sprouts. Thanks for the reply with your results.
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