These tiny cabbage-shaped vegetables taste great in a wide array of styles and preparations. Mix up your Brussels sprouts game with the following recipes—try them all and see how fast they convert your kids to sprout lovers!
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If you've never shaved your sprouts, you are in for a wonderful treat. Slicing them nice and thin lets their leafy texture shine in this simple chilled salad. The addition of dill gives it a nice, fresh flavor and salty nuts and grated Pecorino Romano cheese give it extra texture. Try it alongside fish or chicken for a light dinner.
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Balsamic vinegar plays up the sweetness of roasted, slightly caramelized Brussels sprouts in this guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Make a big batch for a dinner party or Thanksgiving and watch your guests clean their plates. This vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free recipe tones down the sprouts' characteristic bitterness. Add a little bacon if omnivores want a little extra protein.
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Fontina cheese and buttery fresh breadcrumbs make this casserole an essential comfort food. Add bacon, ham, or pancetta to turn it into a main dish or serve it as a side with or without meat. You can also make it in ramekins for individually-sized portions. Best of all, the graine freezes well so go ahead and make extra!
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Soft steam buns, salty pork belly, and soy sauce-roasted Brussels sprouts get tossed with a sweet and spicy honey and Sriracha sauce in this delicious bao. Use frozen steam buns for a quick and easy meal or make your own using this method. You'll wonder why you never paired pork belly with Brussels before once you've had a bite of the addictive combination.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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This slurpable soup tastes nutty and creamy even without dairy. Roasting the sprouts with aromatics gives the soup a deep, rich umami flavor. You can also add milk or cream for an extra velvety texture. Serve it as a starter for an elegant dinner or add hearty whole grain bread and a sprinkle of sharp cheese for a light meal. It also freezes beautifully, so you can enjoy fresh Brussels all winter long.
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Pasta with Brussels sprouts? You bet! If you like the traditional egg and cheese-sauce carbonara, you'll love this version, which uses shaved Brussels sprouts instead of the traditional pancetta. Feel free to toss some meat into this dish and see how quickly the dish disappears. Those who are leery of raw eggs can skip that step without sacrificing much flavor.
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Busy people, have we got a weekday dinner solution for you. Seared chicken thighs go right in the pan with Brussels, pears, and bacon for a simple meal you can have on the table in under half an hour. Choose bone-in, skin-on thighs for juicy, succulent meat and serve it with a leafy green salad.
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When tossing dinner on the grill, don't forget the veggies. Brussels sprouts take on a deeper, sweeter flavor when they meet the grill and work great alongside everything from steak to chicken. Buy slightly larger Brussels will make them easier to skewer or skip that step entirely if you have a grill basket. Toss them with a little bacon or pancetta or sprinkle on some red chili flakes for extra spice.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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This healthier hash substitutes the traditional meat and spuds with Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, and sweet potatoes. Eggs cook right on top, for a simple one-dish breakfast or brunch. Add a dash of cayenne pepper and paprika for kick, and notice how you don't even miss the meat. You can also make the hash ahead of time and top with the eggs right before serving for an even faster meal.
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Let's get one thing straight: You're going to want to make extra of the bacon jam. The bitterness of the Brussels sprouts offsets the jam and salty ricotta and Parmesan cheese completes the rich flavor profile of this grown-up sandwich. The recipe calls for rosemary focaccia, but you can make this recipe with any bread you have on hand. We bet you can't have just one.
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Chickpeas and Brussels sprouts combine for a healthy, protein-rich salad you can enjoy for a light lunch or as a side dish. The bright, nutty tahini and lemon dressing complements the leafy, slightly bitter Brussels beautifully. Make extra dressing to keep in the fridge for future salads.
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This simple veggie side perfectly matches a wide array of meals and it's easy to whip up with any number of variations. You can cook them until just wilted for a crunchier texture or until they're almost melted for a deeper caramelized taste. The onions will add a nice sweetness, too. If you're feeling creative, toss in some bacon or chili flakes.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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While Brussels sprouts aren't traditionally Indian, the flavors of that cuisine lend themselves well to the tiny cabbages. Don't let the ingredient list intimidate you—your cabinet probably contains many of the spices already. Adjust the level of heat by adding more or less red chili. Serve it with dhal or one of these Indian main dishes for a delicious meal.