Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Have you tried smashed Brussels sprouts? This recipe is truly special: they come out crispy on the outside and tender…

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Have you tried smashed Brussels sprouts? This recipe is truly special: they come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

You’ve cooked your Brussels sprouts every which way: roasted, boiled, sauteed, and raw. But have you tried Smashed Brussels Sprouts? If you’re a Brussels lover, this recipe is a must-try. Boil them, smash them, then roast them with Parmesan cheese until they’re crispy at the edges. It’s like roasted Brussels sprouts taken up two notches, because the interior is creamy and smooth. Here’s how to make them!

Ingredients for smashed Brussels sprouts

Smashed Brussels sprouts are boiled then smashed and roasted in the oven until crispy, much like a smashed potato. It makes them extremely tender and smooth on the inside, and crispy on the outside. Parmesan cheese helps to get even more crisp exterior, and makes little roasty bits where it falls onto the baking sheet. We think it’s a must! Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese: you can go without it for vegan and dairy free, but we highly recommend using it for the ideal crunchy texture
Smashed Brussels sprouts recipe

How to make smashed Brussels sprouts: a few tips!

This smashed Brussels sprouts recipe requires two major steps, so you’ll want to save it for when you have a little extra time. If desired, you can do the boiling step in advance, then roast them when you’re ready to serve (more on that below). Because we’re all about simple cooking, we tried to find a way to get around the boiling step: but it’s required so that the sprouts are smashable. Here are a few tips:

  • Boil until just tender enough to smash. If you boil Brussels sprouts too long, they can become bitter. You’ll want to keep an eye on these: boil until just tender enough to smash but still bright green. Test one to see if it smashes, then immediately drain them!
  • Pat them dry. You’ll want the sprouts to be as dry as possible before coating them with oil and seasonings. If there’s too much moisture, the sprouts can’t get crispy!
  • Smash ’em! We like using a skillet to smash a few at a time. Just be gentle! Using too much force can mutilate them instead of smashing them.
  • Roast until crispy: no need to flip! Use high heat (450 degrees) and roast until browned and crispy, about 22 to 25 minutes. You don’t even need to flip them: they’ll still get beautifully brown.
Smashed Brussels Sprouts

A note on the Parmesan cheese

You can make smashed Brussels sprouts without cheese for a dairy-free or vegan spin: they’ll still taste good! But the Parmesan cheese really adds to the crispy texture and savory flavor. If you’re trying to go without, we recommend sprinkling with something savory: nutritional yeast or a vegan Parmesan cheese brand of your choice (or homemade vegan Parmesan).

Also we like shredded Parmesan: the kind that is long shreds! Grated Parmesan is the kind with the powdery texture: it works here, but it doesn’t get as crispy.

Make ahead info

These smashed Brussels sprouts are so delicious, and worth every minute of the prep time. But just like smashed potatoes, they’re a little labor intensive. They’re perfect for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, but they take a bit of prep time. Here are a few notes on make ahead info and how to serve them to a crowd:

  • You can complete the boiling step in advance. This shaves off a bit of the prep time! Boil them, then refrigerate until you’re ready to roast.
  • Don’t roast them in advance! You’ll want to serve them right from the oven so they’re at peak crispiness.
  • Doubling the recipe? Add to the bake time. If you double the recipe for entertaining, keep in mind it will take longer in the oven to get browned and crispy since there’s more surface area and moisture with two trays.
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Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Smashed Brussels Sprouts


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Have you tried smashed Brussels sprouts? This recipe is truly special: they come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts* (off the stem)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of kosher salt to a large pot of water and bring it to a boil.
  3. Slice off the tough ends of the Brussels sprouts. Boil the sprouts 6 to 8 minutes** until still bright green but very tender and able to smash gently with the back of a glass (remove one and test it). Drain the sprouts and allow them to steam in a strainer for 3 minutes.
  4. Pat the sprouts dry with a clean towel a few handfuls at a time, and place them in a large bowl (you’ll want them as dry as possible to get the oil to stick). Mix them with the olive oil, kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
  5. Place the Brussels sprouts on a parchment lined-baking sheet. Use a small skillet to gently mash a few at a time until they are gently are smashed but not mutilated (if you smash too hard, they tend to fall apart). Top with the shredded Parmesan cheese.
  6. Place in the oven and bake the Brussels sprouts for 22 to 25 minutes* until they are browned and crispy: no need to flip. Taste and add another sprinkle of salt if necessary. Enjoy immediately. (We don’t recommend roasting these in advance: you’ll want to serve them right from the oven so they’re crispy.)

Notes

*If you double the recipe for entertaining, keep in mind it will take longer in the oven to get browned and crispy since there’s more surface area and moisture with two trays.

**Make ahead tip: you can boil the Brussels sprouts in advance and refrigerate until roasting. Make sure to pat dry before adding the oil and seasonings in Step 4.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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Brussels Sprout Salad

This Brussels sprout salad recipe has the best fresh flavor and zingy dressing! Pair with apple, almonds and cherries for a simple side dish. Brussels sprouts in a salad? Turns out, the mighty sprout is one of the best ways to make delicious, feathery salad greens. Sure, Brussels sprouts are transcendental crispy roasted with maple glaze. But shaved raw in a salad is the next best way to eat them! The raw greens aren’t bitter at all: they’re sweet and feathery, with irresistibly tasty flavor. Combine them with a sweet and tangy Djion mustard dressing, apples, and dried cherries, and they’re pretty darn perfect. Ready to get shredding? Ingredients for Brussels sprout salad There are so many ways to make a killer Brussels sprout salad recipe: here’s our favorite — and we’ll offer some variations and options below. Here’s what we put in our salad: Shaved Brussels sprouts: see below for how to do it, or buy them pre-shaved Crunchy leafy green: we used escarole, but it’s optional Apple: Apple and Brussels are a classic combination Dried cherries: Use tart cherries with no added sugar if you can find them Almonds: Marcona almonds have great flavor, or use whatever you […]

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This Brussels sprout salad recipe has the best fresh flavor and zingy dressing! Pair with apple, almonds and cherries for a simple side dish.

Brussels sprout salad

Brussels sprouts in a salad? Turns out, the mighty sprout is one of the best ways to make delicious, feathery salad greens. Sure, Brussels sprouts are transcendental crispy roasted with maple glaze. But shaved raw in a salad is the next best way to eat them! The raw greens aren’t bitter at all: they’re sweet and feathery, with irresistibly tasty flavor. Combine them with a sweet and tangy Djion mustard dressing, apples, and dried cherries, and they’re pretty darn perfect. Ready to get shredding?

Ingredients for Brussels sprout salad

There are so many ways to make a killer Brussels sprout salad recipe: here’s our favorite — and we’ll offer some variations and options below. Here’s what we put in our salad:

  • Shaved Brussels sprouts: see below for how to do it, or buy them pre-shaved
  • Crunchy leafy green: we used escarole, but it’s optional
  • Apple: Apple and Brussels are a classic combination
  • Dried cherries: Use tart cherries with no added sugar if you can find them
  • Almonds: Marcona almonds have great flavor, or use whatever you can find
  • Feta crumbles, optional: Feta is tasty, but this salad is just as good without
  • Dijon dressing: Top with our favorite Dijon mustard dressing for all the goodness
Brussels sprout salad

How to shred Brussels sprouts

The most time consuming part of Brussels sprout salad is…shaving the Brussels sprouts! There are a few ways to do it: and all you need is a Chef’s knife. However, if you have fancy equipment, it makes the process much faster. Here’s what to know:

  • Knife: Remove any tough outer layers with your fingers. Cut the Brussels sprout in half lengthwise. Place the cut side down and thinly slide cross-wise to create shreds. Separate the shreds with your fingers. Discard the root end.
  • Food processor: Use the slicing disc of a food processor. Place the Brussels sprout in top down one at a time, which creates long thin ribbons.
  • Mandoline: Put on the protective gloves that came with the mandoline. Shave each sprout from the tip to the end, using the mandoline attachment.
How to shred Brussels sprouts

Variations: other salad mix-ins!

Shaved Brussels sprouts aren’t bitter as you’d expect. They have a sweet flavor and a beautifully feathery texture. You can add just about anything to your Brussels sprout salad and it will taste good! Here are a few more ideas for mix-ins:

  • Pomegranate seeds add a beautiful crunch (here’s how to seed one)
  • Dried fruit like cranberries or raisins can stand in for the cherries
  • Pear can stand in for apple
  • Walnuts, pecans or pistachios work instead of almonds
  • Pumpkin seeds add additional crunch
  • Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese adds a savory note instead of feta

Salad dressing variations

You can also vary the dressing in this salad! We love it with our Dijon mustard dressing. But there are a few other dressing that work based on the ingredients you have on hand. Here are a few other options:

Another idea? Try tossing this salad with a sticky reduction sauce after the dressing, like Balsamic Reduction or Pomegranate Molasses.

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Brussels sprout salad

Easy Brussels Sprout Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Brussels sprout salad has the best fresh flavors and zingy dressing! Pair it with apples, almonds and dried cherries for a tasty side.


Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, enough for 4 cups shredded (or 8 ounces shredded) 
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped escarole or other crunchy leafy green, optional
  • 1 large crisp tart red apple (like Honeycrisp)
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup almonds (Marcona almonds, if possible)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 recipe Dijon Mustard Dressing
  • Feta cheese crumbles, optional (omit for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Shred the Brussels sprouts: go to How to Shred Brussels Sprouts. Or, use a food processor slicing blade or mandoline to slice each sprout from top to end. 
  2. Prep the vegetables: Chop the escarole or other leafy green. Dice the apple. 
  3. Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, maple syrup, and salt. Then whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy dressing forms. 
  4. Assemble the salad: Mix together all salad ingredients. Mix with 1/2 cup of the dressing (add more to taste, if desired). Top with feta crumbles, if using, and serve. 
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Salad

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Brussels Sprouts with Maple Glaze

Here’s how to make the best Brussels sprouts recipe…ever. They’re baked until impossibly crispy and drizzled with a maple balsamic glaze. Every now and then, a recipe comes along that blows us out of the water. Such is the case with these Brussels sprouts. These really are next level, and here’s why. They’re impossibly crispy, baked until they’re caramelized and the outside layers flake off into darkened crunchy chips. Then they’re draped in a tangy maple balsamic glaze that heightens the flavors to their peak. One bite of these, and everyone around the table will be asking how you did it. How to cook Brussels sprouts to perfection Sure, you can fry up these mighty sprouts. They’re delicious, but it’s messy and it uses a lot of oil. So to us, the optimal cooking method for Brussels sprouts is roasting them until crispy. But there are a few tricks to getting that perfect charred caramelization. Here’s what to know: Roast at high heat, in a single layer cut side down. 450 degrees Fahrenheit is the ultimate temperature for roasting vegetables. Place all those cute sprouts cut side down for the best caramelization. You’ll want them in a single layer: no […]

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Here’s how to make the best Brussels sprouts recipe…ever. They’re baked until impossibly crispy and drizzled with a maple balsamic glaze.

Brussels sprouts

Every now and then, a recipe comes along that blows us out of the water. Such is the case with these Brussels sprouts. These really are next level, and here’s why. They’re impossibly crispy, baked until they’re caramelized and the outside layers flake off into darkened crunchy chips. Then they’re draped in a tangy maple balsamic glaze that heightens the flavors to their peak. One bite of these, and everyone around the table will be asking how you did it.

How to cook Brussels sprouts to perfection

Sure, you can fry up these mighty sprouts. They’re delicious, but it’s messy and it uses a lot of oil. So to us, the optimal cooking method for Brussels sprouts is roasting them until crispy. But there are a few tricks to getting that perfect charred caramelization. Here’s what to know:

  • Roast at high heat, in a single layer cut side down. 450 degrees Fahrenheit is the ultimate temperature for roasting vegetables. Place all those cute sprouts cut side down for the best caramelization. You’ll want them in a single layer: no stacking!
  • Use parchment paper to line your baking sheet: not a silicone mat! Parchment paper makes them the crispiest; silicone mats make them soggy.
  • Bake one tray at a time. To get maximum airflow in your oven, bake only one tray at once. (We learned this the hard way.)
  • Don’t stir! That’s right, don’t even think about stirring! Throw them in for 25 minutes and they should crisp up beautifully.
Brussels sprouts

Accent with a maple glaze (optional!)

These Brussels sprouts are absolutely delicious roasted with olive oil and salt. The outer layers fall off and make crunchy, salty chips that are irresistibly good. Most of the time we eat them plain: because we like them savory! But want to take them over the top? They’re fantastic with a little sweet nuance from a tangy sweet glaze.

For the maple glaze, all you’ll do is heat equal parts maple syrup and balsamic vinegar until they reduce into a slightly thick syrup. We added a shake of soy sauce for good measure. Drizzle that over your Brussels sprouts, and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

More flavor variations

Want to get creative? There are lots more ways to flavor Brussels sprouts. Here are some ideas:

  • Spicy: Make a spicy variation by adding hot sauce to the maple glaze (about 1 teaspoon), or try these Spicy Brussels Sprouts.
  • Honey: Another great flavor pairing is honey! Drizzle simply with honey or even hot honey.
  • Hoisin: Brussels go well with Asian-style flavors. Toss with purchased or homemade hoisin sauce.
Brussels sprouts with maple glaze

How to make a larger serving of Brussels sprouts

Did you read all our tips above about crispy Brussels sprouts? Let’s see if you were paying attention. How many trays can you have in the oven at once? One tray. That’s right: to get the maximum airflow around your sprouts while they bake, the oven must not have any other food in it.

How to roast more than 1 1/2 pounds at one time? You can do this if you have a larger baking sheet that covers the entire baking rack. That’s an 18 x 13 pan, also called a “half sheet pan“. You could comfortably fit about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds of Brussels sprouts on a half sheet pan, making sure they have a little space around each.

How to cook Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts nutrition

Are Brussels sprouts healthy? Gone are the days of soggy canned sprouts being forced on kids to get their vegetables. These crispy sprouts taste good, they’re almost as addicting as French fries. So are they good for you? Here are the nutrition facts for 1/2 cup plain cooked Brussels sprouts:

IngredientCaloriesProteinCarbsFiberFat
Brussels sprouts28 calories2 grams6 grams2 grams0 grams

Keep in mind that oil and the glaze add calories to the nutrition info! Here are some of the top benefits of these mighty sprouts. Brussels sprouts are (data source):

  • Low in calories and relatively high in fiber.
  • Full of Vitamin K and Vitamin C (137% and 81% of your daily need respectively), and other vitamins and nutrients.
  • Full of antioxidants which may decrease inflammation and increase heart health.
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Brussels Sprouts with Maple Glaze


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make the best Brussels sprouts recipe…ever. They’re baked until impossibly crispy and drizzled with a maple balsamic glaze.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. (To get them perfectly crispy, make sure this is the only pan in the oven and you’re not roasting anything else at the same time.)
  2. Slice off any hard ends of the Brussels sprouts, as needed. Slice them in half lengthwise and place them in a large bowl.
  3. Mix the sprouts with the olive oil, kosher salt, and lots of fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper*, then pour the spouts onto the sheet. Turn them all cut side down.
  5. Roast for 25 minutes until very browned and tender (don’t stir!). 
  6. While the sprouts are roasting, place the maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce in a small saucepan. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes on medium low heat until thickened slightly and reduced (this should result in about 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons glaze). 
  7. When the sprouts are done, pour over the maple balsamic glaze. Serve immediately.

Notes

*Don’t use a silicone baking mat, since these can also make the Brussels sprouts less crispy. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can skip it and roast directly on the sheet.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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