Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Thyme Breadcrumbs | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

Brussels sprouts don’t have to be boring and tasteless. Ordinary ingredients, if used and combined properly, could bring ‘wowed’ result. The balsamic vinegar and shallots emphasize the delicate sweetness and earthiness of Brussels sprouts, while the toasted spelt bread crumbs lend extra crunchiness and additional flavour to this winter dish.
Inspired by Food Network

Thyme BreadcrumbsBraised Sprouts
  • 2-3 slice Spelt bread
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Dried garlic powder
  • 2 sprig Lemon thyme, leaves only
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 750 g Brussels sprouts, trimmed and shredded
  • 4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Minced shallots
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 100 ml Balsamic vinegar
  • 280 ml Vegetable broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Pulse the bread to rough breadcrumbs in a food processor. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat, and fry the breadcrumbs with garlic powder and the thyme until golden brown and crisp, 3-4 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in shallots, and stir until fragrant. Add in shredded sprouts and garlic, and sauté, tossing frequently, until sprouts are nicely browned.
  3. Increase the heat to high, then pour in balsamic vinegar and vegetable broth. Cook until sprouts are tender and glazed, about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Transfer to a warm serving bowl and scatter bread crumbs on top. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Rosamond Kim 18/10/11 20:28

Yum. I always love the way you plate everything. It looks so beautiful.

Take care,

Flavia Galasso 18/10/11 20:56

Never thought to cook Brussel sprouts like this....I like it!!!! Ciao , Flavia

RavieNomNoms 18/10/11 20:59

I HAVE to make this!! Wow does it look good....

Rosa's Yummy Yums 18/10/11 21:03

That is such a wonderful dish and perfect combination!



Finla 18/10/11 21:04

I never like brussels sprouts but i think made like this i might like as this looks so special and good.

Priya Suresh 18/10/11 21:25

Never tried brussels sprouts this way,looks super interesting and delicious.

Geni 18/10/11 22:20

How did you KNOW I needed a new brussels sprouts recipe? This looks like nothing I have seen before and am very happy to have such a great twist on my typical preparation.

Belinda @zomppa 18/10/11 22:25

You make brussel sprouts - everything - look good!

kankana 18/10/11 23:14

Love your photos .. how do you do the few things in color and rest in Black and white ?
I love brussel sprouts but never had it with balsamic though .

claudia @Whats Cookin 18/10/11 23:44

Wished I saw this an hour ago when grocery shopping I got to try this love brussel sprouts this looks awesome!

Ilke 19/10/11 00:38

I think I can handle the shredded Brussel sprouts with the yummy stuff on top. The problem when someone tries to feed me a whole steamed one. Can't handle the pure healthy Brussels as well :)

Deliah's Deli 19/10/11 02:40

well, you just cannot go wrong with a brussel sprout :) delicious!

Edith 19/10/11 03:49

YOu said it boring no more!

scrambledhenfruit 19/10/11 04:00

I love brussels sprouts! There's nothing boring about these- my family would love them. :)

Eva@ 19/10/11 05:05

I love brussel sprouts, and the balsamic really adds a lovely sweetness.

Anonymous 19/10/11 05:36

Holy cow! I like brussels sprouts to begin with - this just brought them up to an entirely new level! WOWZA!

OohLookBel 19/10/11 05:39

I've recently rediscovered brussels sprouts with fish sauce (really good). I am definitely going to try them with balsamic vinegar and breadcrumbs - it looks absolutely delious.

Words Of Deliciousness 19/10/11 05:41

I have never cared for brussels sprouts, but this recipe might change my mind.

peachkins 19/10/11 06:07

I could eat a bowl of that!

Angie's Recipes 19/10/11 06:23

With paintshop ;-) photoshop will work too.

Unknown 19/10/11 06:32

Healthy n yummy, luv the way you present the dishes, cool!!

Lisa H. 19/10/11 06:54

Brussels sprout has always been my favourite...
I am trying this soon :D

TasteHongKong 19/10/11 06:56

Lovely idea and beautiful execution!

Vicki Bensinger 19/10/11 07:53

Now these Brussels sprouts sound very tasty. If they were served at my table I'd definitely eat them.

Your photos are so pretty. I love how they appear to be in frames

Anonymous 19/10/11 08:32

What a fantastic recipe Angie. I love brussel sprouts! Think I could even coaxed my hubby to try this.
have a super day.
:-) Mandy

lena 19/10/11 09:25

what a delicious idea cooking brussels sprouts! sure this is light and tasty!!

Unknown 19/10/11 11:50

I agree. Sprouts don't and shouldn't be boring and tasteless. These look so flavourful. Lovin it.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 19/10/11 13:19

My husband, who swears he doesn't like brussel sprouts, has been asking for them lately. When I fix them, I want them to be special so he'll change his mind and finally say he likes them. This would be the perfect recipe. We both love thyme and it's so pretty too with the bread crumb topping.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 19/10/11 13:22

This would be a fabulous side dish for Thanksgiving! It sounds amazing!!!

Heather S-G 19/10/11 13:47

I bet the sweetness of Balsamic is a great foil for the bitterness of brussels sprouts. This sounds delicious.

Joanne 19/10/11 14:08

I'm officially ready to get back into the brussels sprouts eating season. And these sound like the perfect place to start!

Sanjeeta kk 19/10/11 14:16

I love this wonderful use of brussel sprouts..healthy and scrumptious!

Catherine 19/10/11 14:18

Dear Angie, I love anything Balsamic. These would be a perfect treat on the table for Thanksgiving. Blessings, Catherine xo

ann low 19/10/11 14:54

I love brussel sprouts to go with butter and I must try your recipe for sure. Looks delicious and healthy too.

Faith 19/10/11 15:46

Your pictures are stunning, Angie! This dish looks like the perfect way to make brussels sprouts delicious and exciting!

Anonymous 19/10/11 16:15

I can only eat brussel sprouts if they're covered in crispy breadcrumbs! This recipe takes it even further though, the balsamic and shallots sound gorgeous! Might have to add some parmesan to the breadcrumbs too!!

Lilly 19/10/11 20:39

Brussel sprouts are great! They are like little cabbages. But because they are sometimes slightly bitter it helps to add some extra flavors. Mine are bacon and garlic and onion, but yours look pretty tasty as well. I’ll try it next time I see those tasty little cabbages.

london bakes 19/10/11 21:02

These sound delicious! I'm just overcoming my dislike/distrust of sprouts but I could definitely get on board with these!

Spoon and Chopsticks 19/10/11 22:00

I'm gonna have to try brussel sprouts like this. Great combination of ingredients.

Spoon and Chopsticks

Cassie | Bake Your Day 19/10/11 22:00

So, I kind of want to stop by the store on my way home for some Brussels sprouts. They have popped up on so many blogs lately and everyone is preparing them in such creative and flavorful ways. I need to try this, the breadcrumbs are mouthwatering!

Melanie 19/10/11 23:21

For some reason, I never thought of using shredded brussel sprouts (when I think of brussel sprouts, the whole ones come to mind). Great idea on how to prepare this healthy vegetable in a tasty way!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 20/10/11 00:58

This is perfect timing! I just bought some Brussels sprouts to make for dinner tomorrow night and my lemon thyme is still alive outside ;) I love the idea of using flavored breadcrumbs with the sprouts.

Zoe 20/10/11 01:20

This dish is beautiful. I always admire your presentations and photography. All your cooking always look good :D

Lorraine 20/10/11 01:35

I have never made brussel sprouts. Yours sound delicious. Those breadcrumbs must add great flavor:)

Rosita Vargas 20/10/11 02:09

Hermoso plato una combinación perfecta y adorable,abrazos grandes, hugs,hugs.

Ana Regalado 20/10/11 04:56

That looks interesting :) Sadly I haven't even seen brussel sprouts here or maybe I'm not looking hard enough :P :D

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover 20/10/11 05:29

I never cook with Brussels sprouts before, look at yours, i feel like want to buy some and try it out.

S.V. 20/10/11 07:00

This dish sounds fantastic.... I love brussels sprout and I think this would make me like them even more.

kitchen flavours 20/10/11 07:10

Angie, you always make the most delicious dishes! Love this!

Sprigs of Rosemary 20/10/11 13:42

I'm a sprouts lover from way back, but I am getting tired of my tried and true. This looks like a version that will perk up my routine!

Marina 20/10/11 14:16

Girl, always great food on your page!

Jocie's Mom 20/10/11 15:20

*raises eyebrow* Brussel sprouts with a 'wow' factor? I am intrigued!

cookingvarieties 20/10/11 15:52

hi angie, i love brussels sprouts so much, fix it any way , i will eat. it's very healthy to eat but over here it is so expensive..
I want to try out yours..bookmarked with thanks..
ooooooooooo delicious
i like the quote on lemon :)

Mary Bergfeld 20/10/11 17:40

These look delicious. Bob loves Brussel's sprouts and I know he would enjoy these. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Anonymous 20/10/11 19:41

I'm not a huge fan of Brussels sprouts, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't mind them if they were served like this. Sounds delicious, Angie!

Roxana GreenGirl 20/10/11 23:30

A delicious meal idea. we like Brussels Sprouts and now that i think about it, we should it them more often. thanks for the wonderful idea Angie.

Gloria Baker 21/10/11 00:58

Angie love this plate!! gloria

the food dude 21/10/11 02:13

this healthy dish looks delicious!

JasmyneTea 21/10/11 02:30

I love brussels sprouts, but my partner can't stand them - maybe if I serve them to him like this he'll finally let me buy them!

Anne@frommysweetheart 21/10/11 03:13

I love love love brussel sprouts! And this dish, to me, is the perfect comfort food!

Sook 21/10/11 03:35

Mmmm that looks so yummy! Love the bread crumbs on top!

Reeni 21/10/11 03:46

The bread crumbs really do take the boring brussels sprouts and make them exciting! This looks crazy delicious Angie!

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Dajana 21/10/11 17:22

Thyme is one of my favourite herbs, and it goes really well with brussels sprouts. Lovely recipe, as usual :))

tigerfish 24/10/11 06:33

Brussel sprouts are never boring and tasteless to me, even when steamed. But you have a super interesting way for them here - topped with breadcrumbs. Wow!

Simply Life 28/10/11 03:17

I love this idea for brussels sprouts!

Veronica's Kitchen 30/10/11 00:30

Wow! This brussels sprouts look amazing! I don't often buy brussels sprouts as I don't know how to make them tasty. I should grab some in my next shopping trip.

Anonymous 30/10/11 08:24

OOoooh waw, Angie! what a tasty recipe! I have made this & it was a huge success!!! Yum!

Excellent pictures too! ;)

Fasolakia 25/10/14 20:29

Your recipe it's healthy and also delicious. I can't wait to eat this :)

Tasty 7/3/19 18:25

Thanks for your recipe. I was looking for some more vegetarian meals and this fits the bill.


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