Smashed Brussels Sprouts: A Crispy Delight

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Elevate your vegetable game with Smashed Brussels Sprouts, a recipe that turns the oft-maligned Brussels sprout into a crispy, cheesy, and utterly addictive dish. With a simple preparation method and a handful of ingredients, these sprouts are transformed into a crowd-pleasing side that may just steal the show at your next meal.

The Story

Brussels sprouts have undergone a renaissance in recent years, moving from the much-dreaded vegetable of childhood dinners to a beloved staple in gourmet kitchens. The secret? Cooking methods that highlight their natural sweetness and complement their texture. Smashed Brussels Sprouts embody this transformation, offering a fun and flavorful twist on traditional roasting techniques.

Why You Should Make It

Smashed Brussels Sprouts are not only delicious but also a visual and textural delight. They’re perfect for anyone looking to add a touch of gourmet flair to their meals without requiring professional chef skills. Plus, they’re a fantastic way to get kids (and adults who are kids at heart) excited about eating their greens.

How to Serve

Serve these Smashed Brussels Sprouts hot from the oven, garnished with extra Parmesan cheese if desired. They make a fantastic side dish for meats, poultry, or fish, and can easily hold their own as the star of a vegetarian plate.

How to Store

Best when enjoyed fresh, these sprouts can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or an air fryer to bring back the crispiness. Microwaving is not recommended, as it can make them soggy.


  • Choose Brussels sprouts of similar size for even cooking.
  • Boiling before smashing softens the sprouts, ensuring they are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside after roasting.
  • Don’t skimp on the oil, as it aids in crisping up the outer leaves.

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