Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Hen o’ the Woods

            This is a quick and easy recipe, with divine results! A little sweet, a little tart, and deeply flavorful.

            They are here, and they’ll be around for duration of cold weather – Brussels sprouts! Sweet little cabbage-like nuggets of flavor and nutrition. They are delicious steamed, sautéed, roasted, and grilled, cooked pretty much any way except boiled to death and soggy which is how I experienced them as a child! Indeed, I thought for years that I hated this humble vegetable and so I avoided them. 

            Part of the problem, I think, was when they were boiled to death the house smelled really bad for hours!

Always cook quickly!

            Quick cooking is the key, and this recipe has little hands-on time, especially if you buy nice fresh sprouts from the farm stands that don’t even need their ends trimmed!

            In a good year here in the northeast, September rains encourage lots of wild mushrooms, including my favorite chanterelles. This year, we haven’t had much rain, so they’ve been a bit precious.

One mushroom, a year of cooking

However, having obtained a lovely Hen of the Woods mushroom (not to be confused with chicken of the woods, also delicious), I decided it would add a nice woodsy flavor and meaty texture to the sweet sprouts. Also called Maitake mushrooms, these delights are distinctive, large, and if you find a big one you can dehydrate the mushroom petals for use all year.

The “petals” of a Hen of the Woods mushroom are delightfully earthen in flavor! They also dehydrate easily, so you can use them all year.

You can always substitute any favorite mushroom of course. Crimini would be delicious here, or even a humble white button mushroom!

Now, if you can find some chanterelles instead, even better!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Wild Mushrooms

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 8 oz. Hen of the Woods mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Oil a rimmed baking sheet.

Trim off any dark ends of the sprouts, and slice in half through the root end. Don’t worry about loose leaves unless they are discolored; they will become crispy bits in the oven.

Pull or cut the petals off the mushroom, and cut or break into 1- to 2-inch pieces. They will shrink considerably in the oven.

Combine the olive oil, vinegar, syrup, and soy sauce and mix well in a large bowl. Add the sprouts and mushrooms and toss with fingers until well coated.

Dump the vegetables into the baking sheet and arrange the sprouts cut-side down. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place on the middle rack of the oven and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the sprouts are just tender and browned on the underside. Flip, and cook another five minutes.

While sprouts are cooking, in a dry pan, toast the seeds over high, swirling the pan around and absolutely not walking away from it! This takes seconds, not minutes. Place in a small bowl so they stop cooking.

Plate the sprouts and sprinkle with the seeds.

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. My son and daughter-in-law really like hen o’ the woods. 😋🌿

    1. They have wonderful taste!

  2. Nourish says:

    Never tried hen o’ the woods but roasted brussels sprouts are a fav in the house. Thanks for sharing! It looks delicious!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad your family loves them as much as mine!

  3. Karen says:

    When we lived in New Hampshire, we had a friend who would forage for mushrooms and every once in a while we would be the lucky recipient of a hen o’ the woods…absolutely delicious. I’m sure they were excellent with the Brussels sprouts.

    1. Thank you, and what lovely memories! Foraging for mushrooms is a special activity indeed. The hens were delicious with the sprouts!

  4. Great pairing of these two tasty ingredients! 🙂

    1. Thanks! They were a nice combination.

  5. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Hen ‘o’ the Woods

  6. Looks yummy! I have never seen a pretty mushroom as the one you’ve shared!

    1. They are pretty. They look like a hen with her ruffled feathers in the wild!

  7. CarolCooks2 says:

    A lovely combo it sounds delicious, Dorothy …

    1. Thank you Carol, we all enjoyed them.

  8. It looks fabulous.

    1. Thanks! They were yummy!

  9. chef mimi says:

    I’ve never cooked with hen or chicken or rooster in the woods mushrooms! Darn it! They look so fun! And I love B sprouts.

    1. They are fun! I try to find at least one whole fat hen each year and I dehydrate the petals and use them all year long in soups, etc.

  10. OlverIndulgence says:

    I wish we could trade!!! I had some successful Chanterelle hunts but haven’t stumbled upon Hen or Chicken of the Woods! This looks like a great idea for when I do though!!!

    1. I’m jealous, but not too much! I’m pretty happy with the big fat hen!

  11. I love Brussels sprouts, never thought to combine them with mushrooms. My favorite way to cook them is simply roasted with olive oil and salt and pepper and cooked until they begin to char, yum!
    Jenna

    1. Nothing better! Especially the char!

    2. Jenna, I’ve been having trouble posting on your page, and several others as well.

      1. I’m sorry, Pam was having trouble yesterday

      2. Oh, it certainly is no one’s fault, but I just wanted you to know I’ve been trying to let you know I appreciate your posts, especially that lovely pumpkin vase!

      3. oh thanks Dorothy!!

  12. Joni says:

    I’ve never heard of that kind of mushroom but it looks interesting!

    1. It is also called Maitake, perhaps you’ve seen them under that name.

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