Brussels sprouts have come a long way since their “eat your vegetables or no dessert!” days. In fact, they’ve gone from being seen as pure punishment to completely craveworthy. With leafy layers that become blistered and caramelized after they meet scorching heat, these earthy morsels have won over eaters in restaurants and home kitchens alike. As we work our way into full-fledged fall produce season and start gearing up for Thanksgiving, load your recipe arsenal with Brussels sprout favorites that will make any skeptic a believer.
Most things in life are better wrapped in bacon, and the case is no different (and maybe even truer) when it comes to Brussels sprouts. Rethink the hearty veg’s position in side dish territory and bring it over to appetizer land. These Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Lemon Dip (pictured above) are slathered in a maple syrup glaze, so they leave the oven delectably caramelized — and they don’t even require a toothpick to hold everything in place.
If the mere sight of green on the table sends the eaters in your house into a fury, punch up the color. The Pioneer Woman’s Brussels Sprouts with Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds dish offers up a kaleidoscope of color, and it’s tossed with pomegranate molasses and chili powder for extra oomph.
Sometimes the simpler recipes are the better ones. Ina Garten’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts achieve top marks from reviewers (over 500 reviews, at that) with their simple execution that calls for just olive oil and salt.
Like potatoes before them, Brussels sprouts benefit from the crusty, cheesy greatness of being cooked the au gratin way. Pile them into a casserole dish with cream, top them with cheesy breadcrumbs, then bake them for an easy and decadent side of Brussels Sprouts Gratin.
Add a little citrusy brightness to Brussels sprouts Nancy Fuller’s way, in a Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad that’s healthy to boot. Scatter it with grated pecorino and toasted pine nuts for a dose of saltiness and crunch.
Turn on the oven for The Pioneer Woman’s Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries, which get a tangy sweetness from a thick balsamic reduction and a scattering of dried cranberries.
Even the pickiest palate will be tempted by Sunny Anderson’s Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon with its delightful smoky saltiness.
For more ways to use Brussels sprouts, check out these recipes from our friends of #FallFest:
Healthy Eats: 5 Healthier Ways to Spruce Up Brussels Sprouts
Creative Culinary: Bowtie Pasta with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts
The Fed Up Foodie: Beef and Brussels Sprouts Stew
Hey Grill Hey: Brown Sugar Bacon Brussels Sprout Bites
A Mind “Full” Mom: Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad
Taste with the Eyes: Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Italian Sausage, Balsamic Syrup
The Mediterranean Dish: Fall Rotini Pasta Salad with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash
The Mom 100: Roasted Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts and Leeks with Spicy Drizzle
Pinch My Salt: Steamed Brussels Sprouts with Dilly Dip
Devour: Every Day We’re Brusselin’: 4 Craveable Brussels Sprout Salads
Swing Eats: Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Shallots and Sherry Over Loose Polenta
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Pan Seared Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Pear & Walnut Salad