These honey mustard sprouts and butternut squash make the perfect seasonal side dish. The honey and mustard in the marinade perfectly complements both the brussels sprouts and the butternut squash.
If you think you don't like sprouts, then think again! Brussels sprouts have really been having an image change over the last few years. They're not boring, soggy and bitter any more. Oh no, if you cook them well, brussels sprouts are delicate, crunchy and slightly nutty.
Yay for Sprouts
For years I would force myself to eat three sprouts if they were on the table and that was that. Not so today. Now I love sprouts and I just wish everyone in my family felt the same. Just recently I've made a gorgeous brussel sprout coleslaw as well as lots of simple roasted vegetable tray bakes filled with sprouts as well as other seasonal vegetables. Sprouts really are a fantastic and versatile winter vegetable.
Why these honey mustard sprouts and squash are the perfect side dish
Are you convinced? If you still can't get it out of your head that brussels sprouts are mushy and bitter then these honey mustard sprouts will bring you round. The honey gives some sweetness to the dish and the mustard makes it just a touch fiery. The combination of sweetness along with a bit of heat is a flavour combination that is hard to resist.
What can you serve with these honey mustard sprouts?
I think the butternut squash and sprouts are a great side dish if you're having a roast dinner. Why not make them for Christmas or Thanksgiving? They go so well with roast turkey and all the trimmings. I think they are brilliant served with this garlic chicken too.
You can also adapt this dish to make a great one pot chicken dinner. I often do this in winter as it makes such an easy midweek meal.
How to turn this side dish into a one pot dinner
I simply double the quantities of the marinade. I take the vegetables out of the marinade and place them in an oven proof dish. Then I put some chicken thighs in the remaining marinade. I put the vegetables in the oven for 15 minutes. Then I take the vegetables out of the oven and place the chicken on top of the vegetables, pouring on any remaining marinade. I return the dish to the oven for 30-40 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
If you want to adapt it to make a one pot vegetarian meal then I'm sure tofu would work, although I haven't personally tried it. Let me know if you do.
How to adapt the honey mustard sprouts as a side dish
This is a super easy vegetable side dish so there is not much you can do to change it without altering the whole dish! However, feel free to use a different kind of mustard. I use English mustard as that is the mustard my husband and daughter like but it can be quite strong. You can replace it with a milder French or American mustard.
If you want a simpler side dish with just one vegetable then just use either sprouts or butternut squash. Or you could even replace them completely and make honey mustard carrots or parsnips!
Honey Mustard Sprouts and Butternut Squash
- 300 g brussel sprouts washed, trimmed and halved
- ½ butternut squash peeled and cubed
For the Marinade
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp runny honey
- 1 tsp English mustard (or use more of a milder mustard)
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Mix together all the ingredients for the marinade.
- Put the butternut squash and sprouts into the marinade and leave them there until the oven has heated up. Then place them in an oiled roasting tin. Spray a little cooking oil on top of the vegetables.
- Put the butternut squash and sprouts in the oven for 30 minutes.
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