Brussels sprouts have been a favorite vegetable of mine since I was a child, but I know that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for these mini cabbages. However, I truly believe that this recipe for crispy parmesan crusted brussels sprouts will change the mind of even the pickiest eater. Not only are they a tasty side dish, but brussel sprouts also have many health benefits. This easy recipe takes only a few simple steps and requires just a few ingredients. In this blog post, I will show you the best way to prepare and cook these crispy parmesan brussels sprouts, with the perfect crispy edges, melty cheese, and even a soft center. Keep reading to learn my best tips and tricks for making the best brussels sprouts you’ve ever tasted.Jump to Recipe
- SIDE NOTE: It was only a few years ago that I learned the correct pronunciation was brussels sprouts and not brussel sprouts.
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A Little Backstory on Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts, often hailed as a nutritional powerhouse, offer an array of health benefits that make them a valuable addition to any diet. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, these miniature cabbages are a rich source of vitamin K, which plays a critical role in promoting bone health and supporting proper blood clotting. Furthermore, they boast a high content of vitamin C, an antioxidant that aids in boosting the immune system and promoting healthy skin. Additionally, Brussels sprouts contain significant amounts of fiber, contributing to improved digestion and promoting a healthy gut microbiome. With their potent combination of nutrients, these cruciferous vegetables serve as a valuable asset in supporting overall health and well-being.
How to Prepare the Brussels for this Recipe
Cleaning the Brussels Sprouts
First things first, let’s talk about how to prep the brussels sprouts. Start by washing your brussels in cold water and patting them dry with a paper towel. Cut off the small stems at the bottom of each sprout, and peel off any questionable leaves.
Prepping the Brussels Sprouts for Roasting
I then throw the brussels in a pot and boil them until they are fork tender.
Next, grab a large bowl and toss the brussel sprouts in two teaspoons of garlic powder, two teaspoons of onion powder, one tablespoon of Italian seasoning, and one teaspoon of black pepper. Mix everything together until all the spices are evenly distributed.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a sheet pan greased with a little avocado oil. Now is the time to add the grated parmesan cheese. I arrange the parmesan on the baking sheet in small circles just slightly bigger than the brussels sprouts. I then take a spoon or wide knife and kind of “smush” the brussels but not so much they are falling apart.
Baking the Brussels Sprouts
Bake in a hot oven for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the outside. If you have a convection oven, you can use that for a little bit of extra crunch. If you want to add even more flavor, you can also add a tablespoon of lemon zest and a teaspoon of lemon juice to the brussel sprouts before baking.
Once your crispy parmesan roasted brussel sprouts are done baking, let them cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a serving dish. They are perfect on their own, but also make a great addition to any meal. From everyday meals to special occasions, these crispy brussels sprouts are a perfect side dish.
If you’re looking for a new favorite way to prepare brussels sprouts, try making them in an air fryer. Follow the same steps as above, but instead of baking, add them to your air fryer and cook for 10-12 minutes at 400°F. They will come out with an extra crunch and that same crispy golden crust.
For those who love a little heat, try adding a dash of hot sauce or serving your crispy parmesan crusted brussels sprouts with some ranch dressing. These tasty side dish combinations will surely satisfy your taste buds.
In conclusion, this recipe for crispy parmesan crusted brussels sprouts is an easy and delicious way to make the best brussels sprouts you’ve ever tasted. With just a few simple ingredients and a hot oven or air fryer, you can take this humble vegetable to the next level. Enjoy them as a side dish or even as a main course with some pork chops or another protein.
These brussels sprouts will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days, so you can enjoy them for several meals. Remember, the key to achieving that perfect crispy cheese crust is using grated parmesan cheese and spreading it out evenly.
Thank you for reading, and I hope that this recipe will become a staple on your dinner table. Don’t forget that brussels sprouts are also packed with health benefits, such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. So, not only will they taste delicious, but they will also keep your body happy and healthy.
Crispy Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts
- 1 baking sheet
- 1 Pot
- 1 large bowl
- 1 lb brussels sprouts
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 8 oz parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp italian seasoning
- Start by washing your brussels in cold water and patting them dry with a paper towel.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut off the small stems at the bottom of each sprout, and peel off any questionable leaves.
- Boil the brussels sprouts in a small pot until fork tender. Approximately 10 minutes.
- Once tender, toss the brussels sprouts in a large boil with dried seasonings.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a sheet pan greased with a little avocado oil.
- Arrange the parmesan on the baking sheet in small circles just slightly bigger than the brussels sprouts.
- Take a spoon or wide knife and kind of "smush" the brussels but not so much they are falling apart.
- Bake in a hot oven for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the outside.
- Once your crispy parmesan roasted brussel sprouts are done baking, let them cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a serving dish.