Bring it with 21 Better Brussels Sprouts

Though they once got a bad rap, these little cabbages lose their bitterness when cooked and can be customized to your liking: smoky, sweet, caramelized or simply sauteed. 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with a Bacon, Mustard and Walnut Vinaigrette

Michael Symon infuses these sprouts with subtle smokiness by whisking bacon fat into his tangy honey mustard vinaigrette.

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Slow Cooked Brussels Sprouts

After browning the Brussels sprouts in oil to bring out their flavor, simmer them in butter and chicken stock so they become perfectly soft and tender.

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Sherry-Dijon Vinaigrette

Never a fan of Brussels sprouts as a child, Michael Voltaggio adds bacon and cooks the vegetables until they caramelize to create a fantastic side dish that even he loves.

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Balsamic and Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts already benefit from a caramelized exterior. When they’re topped with balsamic and salty Parmesan, however, their sweet and savory flavors are intensified.

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Brussels Sprouts Salad

The secret to Chuck's inventive salad is to saute the Brussels sprout leaves in duck fat for rich flavor. The glossy greens are best served warm with crispy chopped bacon and a generous pinch of Parmesan. 

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Brussels Sprouts, Kale and Celery Root Gratin

This flavorful, textured gratin made with Brussels sprouts and kale is more desirable than its healthy marquee ingredients would imply. Skip the ham to make this side vegetarian.

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Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Sunny keeps her Brussels sprouts simple by sauteing them in a skillet with bacon fat, butter and onions.

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Parmesan Crumb Coated Brussels Sprouts

These crunchy panko-coated Brussels sprouts can be prepared a day ahead, then cooked through while the turkey rests.

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Brussels Sprouts

If ever a recipe embodied the umami flavor that is sweet, savory and salty all at once, this recipe does. With Brussels sprouts fried until crisp and then topped with an Asian-style sauce and bits of bacon, this outrageous dish is completely addictive.

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

Use a mandoline or sharp knife to slice Brussels sprouts into thin strands so that they cook more quickly and soak up the sweet flavor of shallots.

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Korean-Style Brussels sprouts with Marinated Skirt Steak

The sprouts in this recipe are tossed in gochujang –– a powerful Korean condiment that serves as a happy marriage between Sriracha and miso. Make sure to spread your sprouts out in a single layer to prevent steaming.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon, Pancetta and Parmesan

Lemon juice adds just the right note of acidity to Kelsey's roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta.

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Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Unlike bacon, pancetta is salt-cured but not smoked, making it a rich-tasting ingredient but never an overpowering one. If you can’t find it, simply blanch bacon in boiling water before using it (it will reduce any lingering smokiness).

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Indian Brussels Sprouts

Steaming sprouts is a great way to maintain their bright green color while achieving a tender-crisp texture. Coriander seeds, fenugreek leaves and smoked paprika lend exotic aromas to this vibrant side dish. 

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Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts, Pancetta and Parsley

Pre-boiled Brussels sprouts take on exciting flavors when they're fried along with pancetta and chestnuts. Butter and reduced Marsala wine add richness.

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Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Break out the brine and pickle your sprouts with apple cider vinegar, peppercorns and fresh dill. After a few hours, you'll be rewarded with tender, tangy bites that prove there's plenty to be pickled beyond cucumbers.

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Golden Raisins and Toasted Pecans

Gently wilting these sprouts in a skillet keeps them slightly crisp while wine-soaked raisins and toasted pecans deliver sweetness and crunch.

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Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Giada infuses Brussels sprouts with the flavors of pancetta, garlic cloves and chicken broth in a large skillet.

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Steamed Brussels Sprouts and Turnips

Homemade anchovy butter adds that unique umami quality to these steamed vegetables. The anchovies melt down into heavy cream and butter, yielding a silky, smooth sauce that coats every surface.

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Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Crispy, caramelized Brussels sprouts and sweet, salty parsnips are the perfect pairing for Nadia G.'s spicy sausage recipe.

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Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Cubes of pancetta and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese add a spectrum of savory flavors to this side dish. Roast the sprouts in chicken broth on the stovetop to quicken the cook time.