As a kid I hated sauerkraut; therefore, I assumed that I wouldn't like cabbage. When I was in my late twenties, my father grilled cabbage and my life were forever changed.
Still not wanting to eat a cabbage dish, I read a blog post stating that Brussels Sprouts was an easy and delicious alternative to cabbage for New Years so that I eventually ventured into trying something different.
Since then my oldest child and I have been hooked on Brussels Sprouts and I am constantly hunting down some great recipes. Here are some of the ones I have found:
Great Brussel Sprouts Recipes
1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cinnamon, Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries
This recipe is by and large my favorite. I made it for the first time last year at school and loved it so much that I walked up and down the hall sharing it with the teachers who were still available. Perfection and delicious does not even begin to describe this recipe.
Even better? There is no sugar involved. Maple syrup replaces the sweetness and helps roast the ingredients. To see the full recipe, check out Julia's Album.
2. Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts
I love the fact that the Brussels Sprouts are chopped in this recipe. It makes it looks like a salad… a fruit salad because there are pecans, cranberries and cut up pears. The dressing looks pretty good too with maple syrup (can you tell I like maple syrup?) and Dijon mustard.
Head over to Iowa Girl Eats for the full recipe.
3. Garlic Lemon and Parmesan Brussels Sprouts
If you're looking for something a little more springy then this one will be more up your alley. It has fresh flavors of lemon, garlic, and parmesan. Add a little sea salt and roast it to perfection.
This recipe is a perfect way to brighten up any day, leaving the people at your table feeling great. For the full recipe, head over to Cooking Classy.
4. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Balsamic glazed recipes are some of my favorites. I first caught wind of this ingredient when I was on the Sonoma Diet. Somebody had bought me the cookbook and this was a go-to recipe for me even after I fell off the SD bandwagon.
I don't know what it is about balsamic glazed foods but I do know it is a great way to eat Brussels Sprouts. Don't believe me? Try it for yourself! Head over to Eat Yourself Skinny for the full recipe.
5. Unbelievably Cheesy Garlic Brussels Sprouts
This recipe originated from Christine's desire to eat more green vegetables for her New Year's Resolution. She despised Brussels Sprouts and wanted to come up with some way she would be able to eat them. This was her way and it was good enough her whole family devoured it.
The key to this recipe, I believe, is the gruyere cheese, which has a subtly sweet flavor to it despite the smell. It is worth a try for the cheese even if you're apprehensive about the main ingredient. Head over to Apple of My Eye for more details.
6. Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Caramelized Onion
Caramel onions and bacon are two of my favorite ingredients. As a matter of fact, I went through a period where all I made after I got off work was caramelized onions for my sandwiches. Also, yellow Vidalia onions are the best type. They have a hint of sweetness.
Putting them in with bacon and Brussels Sprouts, then topping with brown sugar and butter sounds like the perfect winter meal. Even better? Justine pairs them with a beer at the end. Head over to Cooking and Beer right now to see the details for yourself. And… if you're like me, you will save her site for later!
7. Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
BOOM! We just took the side dish and turned it into a party food appetizer. Kind of like those bacon wrapped smokies just substituting the smokies for the Brussels Sprouts.
Holly over at Centsless Meals does a great job of discussing exactly how to make this dish perfect including making sure to use parchment paper because the bacon gets very sticky.
8. Brussels Sprouts Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce
I like this recipe because it's different with pasta and nuts involved as well as lemons and olive oil. I love the tenderness of the past with the crunch of the roasted Brussels Sprouts and nuts. The only thing I would add is parmesan cheese.
The full recipe can be found over at Naturally Ella.
9. Citrus Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
I like this one because it's different. It has pomegranate syrup and freshly squeezed orange before roasting it. I definitely want to add this to recipes to try into the New Year. Its so fresh and vibrant, I cannot wait to try it. This recipe is not a traditional American recipe which makes it that much more interesting to me.
To see the recipe for yourself, check out Zerrin's post over at Give Recipe.
10. Vegan Garlic Alfredo Pasta with Brussels Sprouts
This recipe looks delicious and it's perfect for someone who is going whole 30 or Paleo. It uses almond milk as one of the sauce ingredients. The other one? White wine. I knew I could sell you on this recipe. WIth the gluten-free noodles and the Brussels Sprouts and seasonings, all I can say is it feels good to be bad.
My mother made something similar over the summer and it was divine. It's easy then for me to tell you to head over to Minimalist Baker‘s site and make the meal for yourself!
11. Crispy Barbeque Spiced Brussels Sprouts
As a southerner, you know this post had me at barbeque. That is a sure fire way to get into my heart and my belly. Naturally, I would add in the liquid smoke she requests as well as honey or maple syrup as a substitute for the sugar. The fact that the rub is completely from scratch and not a pre-made recipe makes me very happy.
So if you're grilling and looking for a side dish, head on over to the Athletic Avocado for the full recipe.
12. Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Kale
After having not been a fan of salads my whole life about a year ago I figured out what the problem was. Do you want to know? I had been eating boring salads. You know- iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots and diced tomatoes with a smidge of cheese and ranch. Bo-oring.
Salads like this are where it is at. The crunch of the apples and pecans. The tartness of the cheese, sweetness from the apple and overall yumminess from the kale and Brussels Sprouts. For a good tasting salad that will leave you begging for more, try out this recipe over at Ambitious Kitchen.
13. Crispy Asian Brussels Sprouts
I was pretty excited to read this article because it is supposed to be a copycat of a dish served at Uchi. What is Uchi? A four-point six star rated Japenese restaurant that is popping up all over the Texas triangle- first in Austin, then in Houston, and now in Dallas.
I live in those places and love to try new restaurants. So yeah!
Even more yeah to Brandon- who is married to Megan from The BakerMama. He gets it. Why spend sixty dollars on a sitter when you could re-create the recipe at home and spend that money on kitchen gadget like a sous vide machine.
Given that this is a copycat recipe- you know it's going to be good. Try it for yourself!
14. Garlicky Grilled Brussels Sprouts
As soon as I wrote the words sous vide I remembered that I had a great sous vide Brussels Sprouts recipe. Even better that after you sous vide your Brussels Sprouts you add them to the grill to give them a nice charred effect. It gives the delicious smokiness on the outside and soft and tender on the inside.
The full recipe can be found over at Shrinking Kitchen.
15. Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Rutabaga and Hazelnuts
Rutabaga is not something I have ever tried before. I am glad that Martha Stewart gave me the full scoop then, telling me to get a sharp knife when cutting the rutabaga. They also noted to make it quickly once we get the maple on because it will be sticky.
Huh. I think I've heard that before.
Either way, this recipe looks delicious and I can't wait to try this new vegetable!
16. Creamy Brussels Sprouts Lasagna
This recipe is perfect for the person who wants a perfect vegetarian lasagna. It's cheesy and has mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts to substitute the meat in the recipe. This also helps cut down on the calories and still keeps the taste there for even the pickiest of eaters.
Serious Eats came up with this delicious dinner and before you know it this dish can be on your dinner table.
17. Best Crack Brussels Sprouts
Another great recipe for someone who is a vegetarian, this recipe easily replaces chicken wings, with it being breaded and oven fried, then dipped in a barbeque style sauce and dipped in ranch.
It would also be a great recipe for someone who is looking to lose weight as their New Year's resolution and are planning to attend a super bowl party.
In order to make this for yourself, head on over to Delish for all the details.
18. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Honey
I already spoke of my love for balsamic vinegar but adding equal amounts of honey to make the recipe roasted in the oven makes it taste that much better, giving it a bit of sweetness along with the crunch.
Jenn over at Once Upon a Chef points out it is very important to put it in a hot oven. Basically, don't be bad like me and put it in an oven that is not pre-heated.
19. Brussels Sprouts Skillet with Crispy Pancetta Garlic Bread Crumbs
I had to do a bit of research before I remembered exactly what pancetta is. Pancetta is similar to bacon- made from the same part of the pig but instead of being cut up, seasoned, and sealed it is cut up and cured with salt and other spices.
According to the author, this is the best way to cook Brussels Sprouts, as deep frying them or cooking them in the oven will take longer than it should.
This recipe also has bread crumbs in it and is a delicious side dish. It can be found over at Pure Wow.
20. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes
I love the idea of Brussels Sprouts roasted with grapes. You get the traditional taste of the Brussels Sprouts with an occasional sweetness of the purple grapes. I love the way they juice up when they are popped in the mouth of those eating the dish.
Add to the fact that the grapes are roasted too? Amazing. Head over to Real Simple to get the recipe.
21. Slow-Cooker Brussel Sprouts
Yes!!! The last recipe on this list is one that comes with Brussels Sprouts in a complete meal. Even better- this is a meal that takes a little prep in the beginning but then you can go to work and when you come home dish it out and eat. That is super nice on busy evenings or one where you know you are going to be tired.
Plus it has chicken and hard apple cider perfect for a winter night. Head over to see Andi's post at The Weary Chef.
Conclusion to Great Brussels Sprouts Recipes
Brussels Sprouts is not a vegetable we should be avoiding. Instead, we should be experimenting in the kitchen with it. As a matter of fact, it's on the dinner menu at our house tomorrow night. I can't wait to see what you make with the recipes that I have shared. Please let us know what you think and be sure to check out our other posts for your household!