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Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce

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Garlicky roasted Brussels sprouts skewered with creamy mozzarella served with a savory and sweet wild blueberry dipping sauce. The velvety and tangy dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment to earthy and slightly bitter vegetables like Brussels sprouts, but also pairs perfectly as a sauce for seafood, especially scallops and salmon. So, while you’re making a batch, double it, so you can multipurpose it.

Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce via JennySheaRawn.comWhy a wild blueberry dipping sauce? Well, we love wild blueberries, first and foremost. We always have a bag(s) in our freezer for smoothies, oatmeal, overnight oats, pancakes and sauces. Lucca loves them thawed, straight up. He gets a nice purple mustache and purple fingers from them. And, secondly, the Wild Blueberry folks challenged us Recipe ReDuxers to create sweet or savory healthy recipes for the holidays using frozen wild blueberries as an ingredient. These Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce are perfect bite-sized apps for your holiday parties and they showcase the pretty little wild blueberries in great fashion.

What makes wild blueberries so special?

  • Flavor – wild blueberries have a more intense flavor than regular (cultivated) blueberries because they’re actually grown in the wild. They have an extraordinary mix of tart and sweet.
  • Health benefits – wild blueberries have higher levels of health promoting antioxidants than regular blues with naturally more fiber and less sugar.
  • 99% of them are frozen – the majority of wild blueberries are individually quick frozen at harvest to lock in flavor and nutrition.

Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce via JennySheaRawn.comThese little sprout skewers look pretty good, don’t they? Who says veggies can’t be craveable and holiday party appetizer worthy? I come from a family of veggie lovers (thanks Momma!) – and live in a house with veggies lovers (both hubby and Lucca … well, Lucca some of the time when he’s not tossing them across the room), so it’s not out of the ordinary for me to much prefer veggie anything and everything (including crispy fiber-rich and cancer-fighting Brussels sprouts) over starchy and carb laden appetizers. These little  Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers are crispy, garlicky and ohhh so delicious paired with the Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce.

Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce via JennySheaRawn.comServe these Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce as an appetizer at your upcoming holiday parties. You (and your guests) won’t miss all the pigs in a blanket, Swedish meatballs…you name it.

Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce via JennySheaRawn.com

Here’s how to make them:

Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 8-10

Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided into 2 and 1 Tablespoons
  • • ½ red onion, diced
  • • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, finely chopped
  • • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • • 1 Tablespoon mustard
  • • 1 teaspoon honey
  • • 5 cups of Brussels sprouts, washed and trimmed
  • • 8 oz mini mozzarella balls
  • • Garlic salt / pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Heat 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over medium heat in a sauté pan.
  3. Add diced onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add frozen wild blueberries, rosemary, balsamic vinegar, mustard and honey.
  5. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  7. Meanwhile, rub Brussels sprouts with remaining tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper.
  8. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until sprouts are lightly browned and crispy, flipping halfway through.
  9. Remove from oven.
  10. Add blueberry mixture to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste and place in a dipping bowl.
  11. When sprouts are cool enough to handle, place one sprout on a skewer, followed by a mozzarella ball then another sprout.
  12. Repeat until all sprouts are skewered.
  13. Serve sprouts with wild blueberry dipping sauce.
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  • Kaleigh @Lively Table November 9, 2016, 6:56 pm

    Obsessed with these! They are so cute! I loooove brussels sprouts and moss, so this app is right up my alley!

    • Jenny Rawn November 10, 2016, 2:56 pm

      @Kaleigh awww thanks! Hope you try them – so easy and SO good!

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly November 9, 2016, 9:14 pm

    These are SO clever and unique! Pinning for holiday entertaining….

    • Jenny Rawn November 10, 2016, 2:55 pm

      @Deanna, thank you! Can’t go wrong with garlicky veggies + cheese, right?!

  • Jessica @ Nutritioulicious November 9, 2016, 10:50 pm

    This looks like the perfect hors d’ouerve for a holiday party! I’m a huge fan of roasted brussels sprouts and I love everything about this combination and dipping sauce!

  • Serena November 10, 2016, 12:15 pm

    OK. This is totally WOW-worthy! I want to impress all my friends with this easy app. I never seen anything like it. Such awesome photos too!

    • Jenny Rawn November 10, 2016, 2:54 pm

      @Serena, awww thanks! They are super simple – and for veggie lovers (like us!) the perfect app.

  • Mona November 10, 2016, 12:38 pm

    What a unique recipe – especially with something as traditional as brussles sprouts. Love it!

    • Jenny Rawn November 10, 2016, 2:54 pm

      @Mona, thank you!

  • Emily Holdorf November 10, 2016, 3:36 pm

    What a fun way to serve brussels sprouts! Love it 🙂

    • Jenny Rawn November 10, 2016, 10:36 pm

      @Emily, thank you! Love anything on a skewer :0!

  • shahzadi devje November 10, 2016, 7:35 pm

    What a lovely and creative idea. Love it!

    • Jenny Rawn November 10, 2016, 10:36 pm

      @Shahzadi, thanks so much!

  • Kara @ Byte Sized Nutrition November 10, 2016, 8:59 pm

    Ok I am officially DROOLING. This is genius. Pinned!

    • Jenny Rawn November 10, 2016, 10:36 pm

      @Kara, awww thank you! They’re fun to make and fun to eat! 🙂

  • Charlene Pors November 10, 2016, 10:36 pm

    WOW, so creative!!! These look amazing, I never would have thought to pair Brussels sprouts with blueberries and mozza. I have pinned this for later this week and can’t wait to try!

    • Jenny Rawn November 10, 2016, 10:38 pm

      @Charlene, thank you! The combination actually works really really well. Hope you try – let me know if you do!

  • Amy Gorin November 10, 2016, 11:17 pm

    Looks so yummy!

    • Jenny Rawn November 14, 2016, 1:29 pm

      @Amy, thank you!

  • Diana November 12, 2016, 8:06 pm

    This app looks amazing. Can I prep ahead of time, store in the fridge, and bring to room temp before serving? If so, will both the skewer and the sauce store okay? A couple days? Thanks! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Jenny Rawn November 14, 2016, 1:31 pm

      @Diana, you can certainly make the sauce ahead of time and heat it gently prior to serving. I’d recommend making the skewers day of – otherwise the Brussel sprouts will get soggy and you definitely want them to be crispy! Let me know if you try!

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