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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranates

December 17, 2016

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If you’re making Brussel sprouts this holiday, try this wintery twist on your classic Brussels sprouts with honey, orange zest, crumbled La Vaquita® queso fresco, and pomegranate seeds. The crumbled queso fresco almost looks like snow and the pomegranate seeds add a festive touch!

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La Vaquita makes authentic Mexican culinary experiences accessible to everyone and inspires others to discover their own artisanal food moments with a versatile array of high-quality quesos (cheeses) and cremas (creams). It can be overwhelming (it was for me!) so here’s a quick breakdown of their quesos:

Signature Queso Fresco  a Mexican crumbling cheese with fresh, bright, milky and mild flavor. Similar to feta and goat cheese, however has a smooth flavor that allows for more versatile usage.

Queso Fresco Salvadoreño – a sharper version of the signature Queso Fresco that is fresh, bright and milky with a hint of sharpness.

Oaxaca – a semi-soft, white cheese that is slightly salty with a savory, mellow, buttery flavor; it is a great melting cheese popular for preparing quesadillas, and is often referred to as the “mozzarella of Mexico.”

Cotija – a firm, crumbly, aged grating cheese that has been nicknamed “the parmesan of Mexico”; its salty, zesty and full-bodied flavor and dry, dense texture enhances many savory dishes.

Panela – a smooth, white, fresh cheese with a fine, semi-soft texture that does not melt when heated, making it ideal for grilling; its light and fresh flavor, with a touch of salt, is similar to farmer cheese and pairs well with stronger flavors.

 

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La Vaquita products can be found at your local H-E- B (I get mine from the Mexican cheese section at HEB Mueller), Fiesta, Walmart, Kroger and other local grocers throughout Texas.

 

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Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. You can buy brussels sprouts off the stalk or pre-prepped like me. Just cut in half and spread out on parchment paper.

 

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Sprinkle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and cayenne. Roast for 25-30 minutes in the oven until browned.

 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranates

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of orange zest
  • 1/4 cup of La Vaquita® Queso Fresco
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut Brussels sprouts in half. In a large baking sheet, toss Brussels sprouts in olive oil and season with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and cayenne. Roast for 25-30 minutes until deeply browned.
  3. Heat honey and orange zest together in a small bowl in a microwave for 1 1/2 minutes and pour over Brussels sprouts.
  4. Before serving, top with crumbled La Vaquita® Queso Fresco and pomegranate seeds.

 

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This post is brought to you in collaboration with La Vaquita Cheese. Thank you for supporting the brands that support A Taste of Koko!

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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