How to Cook Simple but Not-Boring Brussels Sprouts

If you want to change the stigma around brussels sprouts, try cooking them in cream. This roasted brussels sprouts gratin will make you fall in love with the vegetable — or if you're already head over heels, it'll remind you why you fell in the first place. 

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About this recipe

First, you'll roast the sprouts until just tender and crisped and charred in parts. This is often where I stop and serve them alongside roast chicken or a butter-braised steak. Or, if you'd like to be a bit more indulgent, roast the brussels sprouts with thinly sliced pieces of bacon.

After roasting, you'll add the cream and grated cheese. I use sharp cheddar, but Gruyère would be lovely as well. Back into the oven it goes until bubbly and the cheese is melted and golden in parts.

This side is simple enough for a weeknight side but worthy of any occasion. 

A few things to note to make this dish the very best it can be...

  • With so few ingredients be sure to use the best ingredients you can find — particularly when it comes to the cheese, which will lend a nice punch. A good crumbly sharp cheddar or a nutty Gruyère is ideal.

  • Trust your roasting instincts. If you're sprouts aren't deeply browned in parts at the end of the 30 minutes, then continue to roast. Brussels sprouts are at their best when their outer leaves are a bit crisp and yes, even blackened in parts.

  • Plan ahead! If you're making this for a party, roast your brussels sprouts the day before then add the cream and cheese and pop it into the oven while your main dish rests.

  • Feel free to use this simple recipe as a guide. Add bacon, finish with fresh herbs, toss in some garlic or sautéed shallots — whatever suits your taste.

Roasted brussels sprouts gratin recipe

Serves 6 to 8 as a side

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound trimmed and quartered brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 F. Add your brussels sprouts to a small roasting dish, then drizzle with olive oil. Add salt and pepper then toss to combine.

2. Roast for 30 minutes or until frazzled and deep golden in parts.

3. To the roasting dish, add the cream and cheese, then return back to the oven for an additional 20 minutes, until the cream is bubbly and the cheese is completely melted and bronzed on top.

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in November 2015 and was updated in December 2017.

January 25, 2018
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