We’re into full festive-menu planning here at Cooks Professional, and what’s one of the most famous Christmas dinner components of all? Brussels Sprouts! There’s no denying that Brussels sprouts are a staple of any Christmas dinner, but sadly they’ve been given a bad rep, often seen as the dreaded boiled-to-death, pale green ball your granny would plop on your plate and insist you eat.
But, we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way! If you’re looking for a new and exciting way to serve your sprouts this Christmas, we recommend taking a look at these 6 delicious recipes from some of our favourite foodie bloggers below.
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
This recipe from Hungry Healthy Happy calls for your sprouts to be roasted in balsamic vinegar, which totally transforms them and gives them golden, caramelised edges. Dannii & Dave have even included a handy video tutorial on how to make this delicious dish, as well as some nutritional information and some varients on flavours you can add.
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Bacon & Hazelnuts
The perfect partners – bacon and sprouts! This recipe from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary also includes the twist of added hazelnuts, which definitely brings a Christmassy feel to proceedings. Following Elizabeth’s advice, the main components can be prepped the day before and then thrown together in a pan for roasting when the time comes – allowing you extra time to spend with the family.
Stir Fried Sprouts with Ginger & Chilli
This vegan, Chinese twist on Brussels Sprouts from Easy Peasy Foodie is definitely one to try if you’re looking to change things up a bit this year. Quickly pan fried in chilli, garlic and ginger and then tossed in sesame oil and soy sauce, the nuttiness of the sprouts matches superbly with the Asian flavours. Give it a go for yourself!
Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts & Smoky Olives
The creaminess of chestnuts pairs perfectly with the earthiness of the sprouts in this recipe from Top With Cinnamon. Add in a salty hit from olives cooked in chipotle paste and you’ve got yourself a pretty amazing sprouts dish.
Parsnip, Potato & Sprouts Cheese Gratin
Perfect for Boxing Day, this recipe from Lavender and Lovage is an incredibly clever way to use up those Christmas Day leftovers. Super simple to make, we think this would be a great addition to any festive menu!
Bacon & Parmesan Brussels Sprout Skewers
This is a fantastic one if you’ve got little mouths to try and persuade to eat sprouts! Ciara at My Fussy Eater has devised this genius idea of making sprouts fun by popping them on skewers and intertwining with bacon. The novely factor is bound to be a sure-fire hit with kids, and they would also make fantastic additions to any party food buffet.
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