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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Pistachio Pesto Recipe

Recipe from Chef Todd Allison at Checkers Restaurant at the Los Angeles Hilton Hotel. This recipe makes double the amount of Cranberry Pistachio Pesto, so that you can reserve remaining to serve on sandwiches or on cheese plate. Alternatively, you can freeze the extra pesto.
Follow the instructions for the pesto carefully. Only 2 tablespoons of olive oil are added to the food processor...the remaining is STIRRED in.
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 219 kcal


For Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

For Pesto

  • 1/3 cup unsalted, shelled pistachios if you use salted pistachios, remember to taste pesto before salting at end.
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cloves garlic or 3 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cups olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  • Cut off the knobby end of the brussels sprouts and pull off any loose outer leaves. Cut the brussels sprouts in half, lengthwise. Toss with olive oil.
  • On a baking sheet, spread the brussels sprouts evenly and roast for 20-25 minutes, until you begin to see a bit of browning on the brussels sprouts. The interior should be fork tender.
  • Place the pistachios, cranberries, garlic and parsley into a food processor and process until very finely chopped. While the food processor is running, slowly drizzle in only 2 TABLESPOONS of the olive oil. Spoon out the pesto into a bowl and stir in remaining olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. The pesto should be slightly sweet and salty. If the pesto is too thick, you can stir in more olive oil. 
  • Lightly season the brussels sprouts with salt and pepper. Toss with just 1/4 cup of the Cranberry Pistachio Pesto on top. Reserve remaining pesto for other uses.


Calories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 30mgPotassium: 486mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1065IUVitamin C: 99.9mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 2mg
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