Pickled Brussels Sprouts

I was wandering around the produce section of our local grocery store when I came across the Brussels sprouts. There they sat, on sale, beckoning me. Normally I’d roast them or sous vide them or grill them, but this time I decided to try something new: pickling. It took no time at all to make a few jars of the sprouts. Unfortunately, because I have no patience, they then have to sit in the fridge for four or so days to get ‘happy;.

Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Pickled Brussels sprouts are delicious. They remind me a bit of cucumber pickles but with a much different texture. The insides are like tender cabbage. I find it hard to stop eating them. They’re great as a side snack or even chopped onto a pulled pork sandwich.

I like a little kick to my pickled vegetables, so I did add a bit more red pepper flake than the recipe calls for. If you prefer yours even hotter, I recommend the four pepper blend from the Flatiron Pepper Company.

You can use this recipe for pickled Brussels sprouts for other vegetables, too.

Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Pickled Brussels sprouts are delicious. They remind me a bit of cucumber pickles but with a much different texture.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 days
Servings 6
Calories 17kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 10 Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 clove clove sliced
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 fresh bay leaf

Instructions

  • Cook 10 trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts in a large stockpot of boiling water until bright green, about 5 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse under cold running water.
  • Bring 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 1 tsp. coarse kosher salt to a simmer in stockpot over medium; simmer until salt dissolves.
  • Combine 10 black peppercorns, 1/4 tsp. yellow mustard seeds, 1 sliced garlic clove, a pinch of crushed red pepper, and 1 fresh bay leaf in a sterilized pint jar.
  • Place Brussels sprouts in jar; add hot vinegar mixture. (You may have some leftover liquid.)
  • Cool to room temperature. Cover with lid, and chill 4 days or up to 2 weeks before serving.
  • Store covered in refrigerator up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Well, I’m done. Done trying out new recipes for Brussels sprouts. Done chasing the perfect way to cook them. Sure, I’ve got several really great recipes, but I never dream about them at night. Nothing that I’d wake up at 2am for, reaching for phone and adding the ingredients to my shopping list. Until now. These creamy garlic Parmesan Brussels sprouts are just delicious. And really, they should be. They use just about every scrumptious ingredient you can find. Like bacon. And cream. And cheese, garlic… the list goes on. But do not worry, you still taste the Brussels sprouts. They aren’t lost in there.

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

The recipe below for creamy garlic Parmesan Brussels sprouts is exactly how i made this dish the first time. And we loved it. The second time I made it with slightly less cheese. And it was still fantastic. It’s not like I was on a health kick all of a sudden, I just wanted to try it with less cheese and it was great. You might want less cheese too. Or more.

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Well, I’m done. Done trying out new recipes for Brussels sprouts. Done chasing the perfect way to cook them. Sure, I’ve got several really great recipes, but I never dream about them at night.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 267kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds Brussel sprouts rinsed, stems cut off, any loose leaves removed
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • In a large skillet (a Dutch oven works great), fry the bacon over medium-high heat until just crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the oil left in the skillet.
  • Add the butter (careful, or it'll splatter) and melt.
  • Add the Brussels sprouts and season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Cook until the sprouts brown slightly along the edges, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic and reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring, for 1 minutes.
  • Add the cream and stir. Simmer, stirring for 3-4 minutes.
  • Make a slurry by stirring together the cornstarch and batter. Slowly stir it into the skillet. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring, until it's the desired thickness.
  • Crumble the bacon into the skillet.
  • Spray a 9" x 9" pan with nonstick spray. Pour in the Brussels sprouts and spread out evenly.
  • Top with the cheeses.
  • Bake 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Nutrition

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 489mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1655IU | Vitamin C: 97mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Grilled Dijon Brussels Sprouts

“Mom, I want more Brussels sprouts, please!” That’s not something you would’ve heard me say as a kid. But now, put a bowl of these grilled Dijon Brussels sprouts in front of me and I’m asking for seconds. And thirds. Fantastic Dijon flavor and nicely charred sprouts, cooked until they are just tender. With just a hint of smokiness. Perfection!
Grilled Dijon Brussels Sprouts

These awesome grilled Dijon Brussels sprouts have quickly become our go-to side dish when grilling something for dinner. Preparation time is almost nothing. Cook time is darn near nothing. It couldn’t get any easier to make a delicious side dish.

I highly recommend that you use a vegetable basket when making this on a grill.

My regular-ole grilled Brussels sprouts are mighty good eating too! For a different take on Brussels sprouts, try pickling them instead!

Grilled Dijon Brussels Sprouts

“Mom, I want more Brussels sprouts, please!” That’s not something you would’ve heard me say as a kid. But now, put a bowl of these grilled Dijon Brussels sprouts in front of me and I’m asking for seconds. And thirds.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 74kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts fresh, not frozen
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pinch dried thyme crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more for garnishing
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for garnishing

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for direct cooking. You'll want to use a grill vegetable basket.
  • Trim ends off of the sprouts and cut in half. Remove any bad leaves. 
  • Whisk together remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add the sprouts and toss gently to coat. Let set for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer sprouts to a grill basket that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Transfer to the grill and grill for 5-10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until lightly charred and just starting to soften. I use a long bamboo skewer to poke the sprouts as they cook so I can tell when they are done.
  • Remove from the grill and serve immediately sprinkled with more salt and pepper as desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1084IU | Vitamin C: 97mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.