Smashed Brussels Sprouts

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Smashed Brussels sprouts with balsamic honey glaze are quite literally the candy of the vegetable world. It is not possible to eat just one!

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

This technique is borrowed from the ever-popular Smashed Potatoes. The smashing gives you more surface area to be in contact with the pan to get crispy.

As a kid when steamed baby cabbages were on the menu dinner time was dreadful. I remember warily trying roasted Brussels sprouts as an adult and being shocked at what I had been missing out on for so long.

I have been determined for my kids to grow up appreciating and enjoying their vegetables. The balsamic honey glaze has them asking for these Brussels sprouts on the regular.

Crispy, savory Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic, Red Pepper, and Parmesan are another side that has been missing from your table. These Brussels are so darn good, that you are going to be grabbing them straight out of the pan.

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

When making smashed and glazed Brussels sprouts I have discovered there is no need to create a complicated glaze. You can use the balsamic reduction off the grocery store shelf.

Simply drizzle your bottled reduction over the smashed and crispy sprouts just before serving. They will get tossed and coated when you put them into the serving dish.

Stand back and be prepared for the dish to be empty, FAST.

Easy Smashed Brussels Sprouts are a terrific side dish

Smashed Brussels Sprouts Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the Brussels sprouts to the boiling water and cook until fork-tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain well. Let cool for about 5 minutes while continuing to drain.
  2. Lightly coat a baking sheet with oil and spread the Brussels sprouts across the pan. Grease the bottom of a heavy measuring cup or glass jar and use it to press down and flatten each sprout until it splits open.
  3. Drizzle the smashed Brussels sprouts with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast 15 minutes, until the edges have browned and are beginning to crisp. Remove from the oven, flip the sprouts over, and roast an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and drizzle with balsamic reduction before serving.
Brussels smashed on white plate

There are so many great ways to cook Brussels sprouts! Once you’ve mastered sauteeing, you may want to try roasting or even air frying them.

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Smashed Brussels sprouts with balsamic honey glaze are quite literally the candy of the vegetable world. It is not possible to eat just one!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • pounds Brussels sprouts trimmed, and left whole
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for the baking sheet
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • balsamic reduction or balsamic glaze

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the Brussels sprouts to the boiling water and cook until fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well. Let cool for about 5 minutes while continuing to drain.
  • Lightly coat a baking sheet with oil and spread the Brussels sprouts across the pan. Grease the bottom of a heavy measuring cup or glass jar and use it to press down and flatten each sprout until it splits open.
  • Drizzle the smashed Brussels sprouts with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Roast 15 minutes, until the edges have browned and are beginning to crisp. Remove from the oven, flip the sprouts over, and roast an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and drizzle with balsamic reduction before serving.

Notes

Do not cut the Brussels in half or they will cook far too quickly and turn to mush. Leave the Brussels WHOLE to be smashed flat after boiling.
Just a note about the cooking time for this recipe. Watch while they are boiling and pull them as soon as they are fork tender. If they are fully cooked and soft, they will be mush by the time you smash them.

Nutrition

Calories: 90kcal · Carbohydrates: 10g · Protein: 4g · Fat: 5g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3g · Sodium: 222mg · Potassium: 441mg · Fiber: 4g · Sugar: 2g · Vitamin A: 855IU · Vitamin C: 96mg · Calcium: 48mg · Iron: 2mg
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