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How To Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pastrami For Thanksgivukkah

Dear Brussels sprouts, mazel tov on your Bar Mitzvah. (See BuzzFeed's full Thanksgivukkah feature here.)

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PART I: Make pickled red onions one day ahead.

FInd exact amounts in the full recipe at the bottom of this post.

Combine salt, sugar, and rice wine vinegar in a small sauce pot over high heat, and boil it until the salt has dissolved.

Photo by Emily Fleischaker

Make sure you get rice wine VINEGAR, not rice wine. And, get the "unseasoned" kind (the seasoned stuff has added sugar and other weird stuff).

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Put red onion in a quart-size container and pour vinegar mixture on top. Cover and refrigerate.

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Do this at least a day in advance so that your onions have time to pickle.

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Cook until pastrami is slightly browned and has started to shrivel.

Don't worry if the pastrami doesn't brown evenly; you're doing this to get the pastrami flavor into the butter, not to crisp the meat.

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ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH PASTRAMI AND PICKLED RED ONION

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

Pickled Onions:

1 medium red onion, finely diced*

2 cups rice wine vinegar**

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup salt

Brussels Sprouts:

1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)

1/2 pound deli pastrami, thinly sliced

5 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved

1 teaspoon kosher salt

freshly ground pepper to taste

*To dice means to chop into roughly 1/4-inch cubes.
**Rice wine vinegar is NOT the same as rice wine. You can find rice wine vinegar in the Asian section of your local grocery store, or with the other vinegars.

PREPARATION
For Pickled Onions:

Bring rice wine vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan. Add sugar and salt, and stir until dissolved. Turn off heat and let mixture cool for about 5 minutes. Put diced onion in a large heatproof container, and pour vinegar mixture over. When mixture is room temperature, refrigerate for at least a day.

For Brussels Sprouts:

Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut pastrami into strips roughly ¼ inch wide and 2 inches long.

Melt butter in a large skillet or saute pan over medium heat. Add pastrami and cook over medium heat until browned fat has rendered out, about 3 minutes. Pour pastrami and fat into a large heatproof mixing bowl. Add Brussels sprouts, salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Line two large baking sheets with foil and spread Brussels sprouts out on them in a single layer. Don't crowd the pans. Roast for 35 minutes, removing pans from the oven at the 20 minute mark to move the Brussels sprouts around a little, then rotating the pans from top to bottom rack before putting them back in the oven for the remaining 15 minutes. Brussels sprouts will be dark brown and crispy around the edges.

Strain the pickled red onions and reserve 1/2 cup of pickling liquid. As soon as the Brussels sprouts come out of the oven, toss them with the red onions and the ¼ cup of liquid while they're still warm. Serve immediately.

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Styling by John Gara

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