by Erin Marissa Russell
Is your garden producing so many Brussels sprouts that you’re looking for new ways to cook with them? Once you’ve decided to grow these tasty little cabbages, you probably aren’t one of the people who buy into the myth that they don’t taste good. But just in case, you should know that most of the time, limp, bitter Brussels sprouts are the result of substandard preparation techniques. There are plenty of ways to cook your homegrown Brussels sprouts that will result in tasty dishes your family will literally eat up. Keep reading to find out all your options.
Roast Your Brussels Sprouts for the Tastiest Veggies Around
The solution to bland Brussels sprouts is a quick roast in the oven. Simply toss those sprouts with other flavorful ingredients, like mustard, bacon, garlic, or citrus. Chop them if you wish—they’ll be delicious whether they’re halved, quartered, or whole, so it’s just a question of cooking time. When they’re done, you’ll have crispy, charred, flavorful sprouts that make a perfect side dish to whatever you’re serving up.
Shred Your Brussels Sprouts for a New Way to Serve Them
Shredded Brussels sprouts really change the game. To make quick work of such fine chopping, break out the mandoline or food processor. (Make sure to use the finger guard if you’re using a mandoline for safety.) The formerly dense sprouts turn into a finely shredded, flaky nest of greens that you can saute or serve in a salad. Check out the recipes below for inspiration.
Serve Brussels Sprouts in All Kinds of Salads
Whether they’re chopped into a salad with other veggies, coated with a zesty dressing, and served cold, or topped with a warm bacon vinaigrette, it’s hard to say no to a salad that includes Brussels sprouts. Eating Brussels sprouts raw may not be your first instinct, but it’s a perfect way to celebrate the flavor of the sprouts you grew this season. There are lots of ideas to get you rolling in the recipes here.
Pair Brussels Sprouts with Meat for Filling Main Dishes
There’s no need to relegate your homegrown Brussels sprouts to side dishes and salads. Whether it’s in a sheet pan dinner, a creamy pasta, or folded into hand pies, Brussels sprouts can be part of main dishes that star all kinds of meats. The recipes here will show you how to serve your sprouts with chicken, steak, shrimp, salmon, and more.
Go Meatless and Serve Brussels Sprouts in Vegetarian Main Dishes
Whether you’ve instituted a Meatless Monday, you’re a full-time vegetarian, or your family is simply enjoying a vegetarian main dish now and then, this list is full of ways to put the spotlight on Brussels sprouts. These tasty little cabbages are so flavorful when well seasoned that there’s no need to include meat to make them delicious. The recipes below will show you what we mean.
Put the Spotlight on Brussels Sprouts in All Kinds of Sides
The Brussels sprouts you grow in your garden make a perfect accompaniment to all kinds of main dishes. Whether you choose to saute them, stir them into a creamy gratin, or coat them with Parmesan cheese, they’re bound to delight your diners. We’ve rounded up the very best recipes for Brussels sprouts sides below.
Whether your family tends to turn up their noses at Brussels sprouts or they’re already a favorite, these recipes should have given you plenty of inspiration for new ways to serve them. It just goes to show you that there’s no reason to let your garden haul of Brussels sprouts get boring. A few of these preparations will have the people who eat at your table excited to see sprouts on their plates. So get cooking!