Sorghum Pilaf with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Beets, and Cranberries

This dish has all the right textures and flavors—hearty sorghum is paired with creamy Brussels sprouts, sweet beets, and tart cranberries with the underlying fall-inspired herbs and spices and earthy mushrooms. If you want to add some crunch, toss in a generous handful of toasted hazelnuts or pecans before serving.

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Sorghum Pilaf with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Beets, and Cranberries

3 tablespoons (45mL) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup (240mL) finely chopped celery (with leaves)
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon (3mL) poultry seasoning
1/8 teaspoon (1mL) fine sea or Himalayan salt
2 3/4 cup (660mL) water
3/4 cup (180mL) sorghum grain, rinsed
1/2 ounce (14g) dried mixed mushrooms
1 pound (454g) Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
3/4 pound (340g) beets, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 cup (240mL) fresh cranberries
Fine sea or Himalayan salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Heat 1 tablespoon (15mL) of the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the celery and onion and cooked until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, poultry seasoning, and salt. Cook for 1 minute, until the garlic is fragrant. Add the water, sorghum, and mushrooms. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook until the sorghum has absorbed the water and is cooked through, about 55 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss the Brussels sprouts and beets with the remaining oil. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Top with the cranberries. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until the Brussels sprouts and beets are cooked through and starting to brown and caramelize, about 30 minutes. Let stand until the sorghum is finished cooking.

When the sorghum has finished cooking, add the Brussels sprouts mixture. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve warm.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Parsnips, and Fennel

Though potatoes, yams, squash, and carrots are generally the fall side dishes of choice, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, and fennel get crispy and sweet when roasted, and folks who think they don’t like them fall in love. A drizzle of Ice Syrup or maple syrup at the end is the perfect finish. If you opt for the Ice Syrup, a unique Niagara product, www.icesyrup.com lists the many local retailers who carry it.

Roasted Brussels, Parsnips, and Fennel with Ice Syrup

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Parsnips, and Fennel

1 pound (454 grams) Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and sliced in half
1 pound (454 grams) parsnips, peeled and cut into thin medallions
1 fennel bulb, cut in 3/4-inch chunks
2 tablespoons (30mL) extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45mL) Niagara Ice Syrup or pure maple syrup (preferably dark or amber)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Put the vegetables on a baking sheet and toss the with the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 35 to 35 minutes, until tender and browned. Drizzle with Ice Syrup or pure maple syrup.