Eat Seasonally in December: Recipes for Brussels Sprouts

Each month, we feature a seasonal ingredient. These recipes for Brussels sprouts might be so delicious, your childhood self won't even recognize them.

Brussels sprouts have gotten a bad rap over the years. We’ll admit they can be pretty unappetizing when boiled on the stovetop, but the same is true for nearly all vegetables. But if you prepare them well, Brussels sprouts can be so delicious, your childhood self won’t even recognize them.

There’s no time like the present to check out these recipes for Brussels sprouts and give this maligned vegetable another chance. We bet they’ll pleasantly surprise you.

Recipes for Brussels Sprouts: As an Appetizer

Neither spinach nor artichokes have a great reputation either, and yet people adore spinach artichoke dip. One easy, cheesy way to try Brussels sprouts is in this dip from Baked In. Serve it to someone who claims to hate Brussels sprouts, along with tortilla chips or pita bread. Just break the news gently when they ask for the recipe.

You’ll need a cast iron or oven-safe skillet for this recipe. Try this stainless skillet from Breville, or treat yourself to enameled cast iron from Le Creuset.

Recipes for Brussels Sprouts: As a Side Dish

Instead of boiling them on the stovetop, roast Brussels sprouts in the oven. But don’t stop there; this recipe on Kevin Is Cooking calls for tossing the roasted sprouts with balsamic vinegar and honey. Not only have they caramelized in the oven, now they’re coated in tangy sweetness. These aren’t your mama’s Brussels sprouts, but we bet she’d like them anyway.

Take Kevin’s advice and use a silicone baking mat on your baking sheet when you roast the sprouts. It makes cleanup so much easier.

Recipes for Brussels Sprouts: As a Pizza Topping

Brussels sprouts really will make your pizza even better if you try this recipe from Food and Style. We dare you to read that recipe and turn up your nose. Between the burrata, pine nuts and parmesan, you might not even notice the sprouts. Forget sausage and pepperoni; Brussels sprouts might be the new go-to pizza topping.

Of course you’ll need a pizza peel to make this recipe right, and a mandoline like this one from OXO will come in handy for shaving those sprouts.

Recipes for Brussels Sprouts: As the Star of the Main Dish

We’ve raved about this recipe from Table for Two before in our fall post on Meals for Kids, and we have to include it here too. One of our kids requests it every week, and each time we make it, there are no leftovers. You’ll want to double the recipe, trust us.

This is one main dish recipe where a nonstick skillet works best. Try this large skillet from Swiss Diamond, which you’ll need if you double the recipe like we suggest.

Recipes for Brussels Sprouts: As a Dessert

Just kidding. We’re not going to suggest Brussels sprouts for dessert, because that would be weird. It was fine for butternut squash, but we think Brussels sprouts belong in the savory camp.

(Brussels sprout dessert recipes do exist though, in case you’re into that sort of thing. Go ahead and click.)

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