4 Brussels Sprouts Recipes That Even Picky Eaters Can’t Refuse

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Brussels sprouts for dinner? Doesn’t ring a bell in your mind? Guess you are not fond of them yet, but not anymore. These tempting Brussels sprout recipes for mains and sides will change your perception.

Brussels sprout is a species belonging to the group of cabbages known as Brassica oleracea. These plants are grown for its edible buds which look like mini cabbages. Brussels sprouts are not a favorite delight for kids and adults alike. They have been cast aside in lunch or dinner recipes considering it as a not-so-tasty veggie.

Brussel Sprouts – Nutritious Info

Here is a brief about the nutritive value of Raw Brussels sprouts –

Serving size 78g

  • Calories 28
  • Total fat 0g        1%
  • Cholesterol 0mg     0%
  • Sodium 16mg   1%
  • Carbohydrates 6g   2%
  • Protein 2g
  • Vitamin A 12%
  • Vitamin C 81%
  • Calcium 3%
  • Iron 5%

Did You Know?

Brussels sprouts are great for detoxification

4 Brussels sprouts contain more vitamin C than an orange

Zea-xanthin in Brussels sprouts helps eyes filter UV rays and protects from macular degeneration.

Brussels sprouts are cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetables

How To Trim Brussels Sprouts?

Before we learn how to cook some delicacies with Brussels sprouts here is how to prepare them for cooking.

  • Wash the veggies thoroughly and cut off the stem ends.
  • Leave the smaller sprouts whole and cut them to uniform halves or quarters if they are larger in size.
  • Some leaves will separate. No issues. Add them together with other pieces.
  • If you’re roasting the sprouts, the loose leaves get awesomely crispy.

Mouth-Watering Brussels Sprouts Recipes

Picky Eaters! Get Ready To Indulge!

1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pecans

Chopped pecans and tender Brussels sprouts make a delicious combination to relish. Pecans add a nutty crunch to the roasted delight. Check out the recipe below.

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
Instructions
  • Trim and keep Brussels sprouts ready for roasting.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  • Take a large bowl and toss together Brussels sprouts, pecans, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Spread out the mixture in a large rimmed baking sheet, turning the Brussels sprouts cut-side downwards.
  • Roast until the sprouts are golden brown and tender. It takes approximately 20-25 minutes.
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2. Oven Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

This is a super easy recipe that cooks in just about 20 minutes. It is a healthy and cheesy side dish that everyone can enjoy. It is made with a burst of flavors that you’ll love eating!

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 425 °F. Take a cookie sheet spray lightly some cooking spray on it.
  • Take a large bowl, combine Brussels sprouts and the remaining ingredients. Toss well to coat all the Brussels sprouts with the ingredients.
  • Spread the mixture onto the cookie sheet. Make sure they’re spread evenly.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until sprouts is golden brown. Serve immediately.
Notes
  • You can add other seasonings and herbs to your taste.
  • Fresh parmesan cheese tastes very delicious with light olive oil.
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3. Candied Walnut Brussels Sprout Bites

This is a lip-smacking bite-sized snack that everyone old and young can enjoy. It’s a perfect dish for parties and gatherings. The candied walnuts topped on roasted Brussels sprouts with brie are next-level appetizers you wouldn’t want to miss! The sweet and spicy Brussels sprouts recipes will win your heart.

Ingredients

Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup brie cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

Candied walnuts

  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 425 °F. Take a large baking sheet and line it with a parchment paper. Toss the halved Brussels sprouts with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes, until crispy. Let the sprouts cool slightly on the wire rack.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350 °F.  Scatter walnuts on the baking sheet and bake walnuts for 8 to 10 minutes, until toasted.
  • Grease a large plate with cooking spray. Take a large skillet and heat it over medium-high flame. Combine together toasted walnuts, honey, sugar, and chili powder. Cook, till sugar coats walnuts and turns caramel golden in color. Stir constantly to avoid sticking to the pan. Transfer walnuts to a plate and spread them into a single layer. Season with salt. Let them cool completely, stirring a few times in between.
  • Arrange the Brussels sprouts cut side-up on a serving platter.  Top each sprout with a brie cube, a candied walnut, and a drizzle of hot honey.
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4. Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

This is a vegetarian twist to Chinese cuisine. These sprouts are salty, spicy, and flavorsome. They add a crunch and zing to your dish.

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped ginger
  • 2 tablespoons hot chili paste
  • 6 dried chiles de árbol, lightly crushed
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted, roasted peanuts
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 425 °F. Toss Brussels sprouts and 4 tablespoons oil on a baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20–25 minutes until cooked. Set aside.
  • Mix cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl until smooth.
  • Take a saucepan and heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high flame. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 2 minutes. Add chili paste and cook for 2 minutes, until darkened. Now add chilies, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Stir in the cornstarch slurry. Simmer until sauce coats the spoon, stirring continuously. Let cool slightly.
  • Then toss Brussels sprouts with sauce. Top with peanuts and serve immediately.
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Hope these mouth-watering recipes will turn Brussels sprouts into your favorite vegetable. You can find tons of creative Brussels sprouts recipes and best ways to cook them: grilled, roasted, baked, sautéed, and more.

Happy Cooking!!

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