How to Cook Brussels Sprouts So Your Family Will Love Them

When I was little, my dad often used to tease me in the grocery store, saying that we’d be getting brussels sprouts to eat for dinner. I’d of course wince and beg him not to buy the gross sprouts. (And he never would, because he hated them too). Now as an adult, my eyes have actually been open to the world of brussels sprouts. Sure, they can taste bitter if not cooked correctly and they don’t smell great before they’re prepared. But if you roast them, sautee them or grill them, then you’ve truly got gold. Check out 10 recipes that could change your mind about these “misunderstood” veggies:

1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apple Side Dish

I personally tried this one for Thanksgiving and it was a big hit, even with the brussels sprout haters at the table!

2. Roasted Sweet Potato with Brussels Sprouts, Blue Cheese and Cranberries

Top with pecans and you’ve got a filling, meatless meal.

3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts in a Sweet Chili Sauce

Find sweet chili sauce at any supermarket (usually in the Asian section). It will give the sprouts a nice sweet taste with just a little bit of a kick.

4. Brussels Sprouts Gratin

With bacon, butter and cheese, even the most serious brussels sprouts hater is sure to be converted.

5. Brussels Sprout Pesto

Boil them, rinse them, and process them with garlic, almonds, olive oil, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese to make a tasty (and nutritious) pesto for your pasta.

6. Brussels Sprout and Chorizo Beer Hash

Brussels sprouts for breakfast? Yes, please!

7. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar

This recipe couldn’t be easier and only takes 4 ingredients.

8. Bacon Fat Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Garlic and Thyme

Here’s a recipe that calls for you to bust out that rendered bacon fat.

9. Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Acorn Squash

Brussels sprouts and winter squash are the perfect pair.

10. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Prosciutto Bites

This makes brussels sprouts so yummy, and it only requires 4 ingredients to make.