Roasting Brussels Sprouts under the broiler is my secret weapon to convert my friends and family to brussels sprout lovers. I work from the same basic recipe (see below) every time and then add a few other ingredients or twists after the roasting. Everyone exclaims over the roasted brussels sprouts, usually with a full mouth.
No need to roast brussels sprouts for 30 minutes in the oven when you can broil them for under 10 minutes and get a delicious roast flavor and a touch of char to each sprout. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt and you have a delicious and healthy snack or you can dress them up!
Here are a few tips to Dress Up Your Brussels Sprouts:
1. For holidays and parties, I sometimes broil the brussels sprouts the evening before and then pop them in a pan with a touch of butter or oil to perk them up and warm them just before serving. Add bread crumbs or some finely grated Gruyere or Parmesan to the broiled brussels sprouts right before plating.
2. Dip them! The Hungry Goddess has a complete addiction to dipping Her brussels sprouts in Garlic Aioli – yogurt works well, balsamic vinegar, flavored oils – get creative!
3. Nuts and brussels sprouts go together like a healthy peanut butter and jelly – I love Mark Bittman’s recipe for Broiled Brussel Sprouts with Hazelnuts – walnuts, pecans, and almonds all work wonderfully too!
4. Lemon juice and lemon zest add a lovely fresh taste to brussels sprouts – after broiling, pop them in a pan with garlic and light oil. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of lemon zest.
6. Smitten Kitchen as an incredibly flavorful dish: Dijon-Braised Brussel Sprouts – I would just do my browning under the broiler!
Herbs that work well with brussel sprouts: basil, coriander, fennel seeds, marjoram, nutmeg, paprika, thyme
Looking for more Brussels Sprouts inspiration? Here is one of the Hungry Goddess recipe round-ups with more than 30 recipes for Brussels Sprouts!
How to Broil Brussel Sprouts:
- Set oven to broil.
- Rinse approx 1 pound of brussel sprouts and cut ends, peeling 2 to 3 leafs off and any brown or bruised portions.
- Cut brussel sprouts in half.
- Toss brussel sprouts in approx 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil.
- Place on baking sheet and sprinkle sea salt over brussel sprouts.
- Place on top shelf to broil.
- Broil for approx 5 to 8 minutes (time varies with each oven) – if you like the char, broil a bit longer and if not, keep the time on the lower end.
How good are these brussels sprouts? Let’s just say that The Hungry Goddess will bypass lots of other favorites to get at the brussels sprouts – even chocolate!
Some more Brussels Sprouts Recipes:
** the “proper” spelling for Brussels Sprouts is with the “s” but common usage also includes Brussel (no “s”) Sprouts. I used both for search engines 🙂