Love them or loathe them, it simply wouldn't be Christmas without a side serving of Brussels sprouts. At Good Food, we're convinced that if you think you don't like them, you simply haven't found the right recipe yet. It's such a versatile veg, too. Ever tried them deep-fried and crispy? Shredded in a pad Thai? Or even dipped in a cheesy fondue? Treat yourself to our spruced-up sprout ideas.
Top 10 Brussels sprouts recipes
Crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, these little green buds are dangerously addictive. Combine with black pudding and fresh Granny Smith apples for an elegant starter. The mustardy vinaigrette cuts through the richness of the meat and balances out the sweetness of the apple.
Having a casual Christmas party, or people over on Boxing Day? Turn your leftover cheese and sprouts into the ultimate, decadent sharing dish – a cheese fondue. Serve with crusty bread and sprouts wrapped in pancetta on skewers for dipping and dunking.
For some, this may sound like a nightmare combination, but bear with us, because the umami, slightly salty flavour of the Marmite in a rich buttery sauce is a winner. Give it a try. With just three ingredients and 20 minutes from prep to plate, this is a simple side dish with moreish flavour.
Treat those Christmas leftovers with the respect they deserve and whip up this fresh and vibrant Brussels and blue cheese salad that counts as two of your five-a-day. Ready in 20 minutes, it's a punchy combination of ingredients with a bulghar wheat base that's hearty enough to feed a family.
Another idea for Christmas leftovers is this clever Boxing Day pad Thai. This nutty vegan main has an irresistible soy and tamarind sauce, with a squeeze of lime for extra zing. You'll be boiling extra sprouts next year after trying this tasty stir-fry.
If you like to keep things traditional, this is the recipe for you – and the classic combination of chestnuts and sprouts counts as two of your five-a-day. Get ahead by par-boiling your sprouts two days before, then chill. You can also fry your bacon and chestnuts two days ahead, then on the day, you only need to finish cooking the sprouts and assemble.
For something a little more adventuous, add juicy, sweet pomegranate seeds to pan-fried sprouts and finish with sesame seeds and pomegranate molasses. A simple veggie dish that's bursting with flavour, this colourful mix tastes great and brings a pop of festive colour to the table.
Nothing says indulgence quite like a cheesy gratin, and this sprout version will not disappoint. A great dish for self-confessed sprout-haters, this ultra-rich bake topped with crispy bacon is full of texture as well as richly satisfying flavour.
For a filling Boxing Day brunch, use up leftover sprouts and make our surprisingly low-fat, low-calorie, no-fuss hash. Stir in whatever other vegetables you have lying around and top with runny poached eggs. This also makes a thrifty yet comforting supper.
Liven up your leftovers and make this simple buffet saviour. Whip up a mixture of mayo, lemon, mustard and crème fraîche and serve with roast veg, cold meats and side dishes. It's a fabulous fridge-clearing recipe that lets nothing go to waste.
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