I think we all started to like brussels sprouts A LOT more when once we discovered we could hard sear them in butter with bacon… or add so much cheese to them that you’re not sure if your vegetable is vegetable or nacho.
Once you’re confusing your vegetables for cheese, we know we’re onto something delicious (if not ridiculous).
Consider this as an addition to your Thanksgiving table.
Maybe nestled in between the Brussels Sprout Salad and the Hasselback Potatoes.
Here’s where we start with the layering of flavors:
Onions are garlic are sautéed to soft and brown.
Brussels Sprouts are trimmed, and the large sprouts are halved.
Milk and cheese (lots of cheese that’s not pictured here), to make a creamy sauce.
Panko breadcrumbs and fresh parsley for a crispy top!
Some halved. Some whole. All blanched.
Blanching means that we’ll boil the raw sprouts in salted water for just a few minutes. We’re not cooking them through but we’re taking the major crunch out of the vegetable. It means that they’ll take less time to soften in the oven. A head start and a seasoning.
The key to blanching is to boil the vegetables to juuuust soft, then drain from the hot water and shock under cold water and ice to stop the cooking.
Essentially we’re making a rich and creamy bechamel sauce to coat our sprouts in.
That means cheese, lots of cheese. Smoked gouda: soft and smokey and salt and sharp. And aged gouda, soft and salty and rich!
To start the bechamel we’ll melt butter and add flour. The idea is to let the flour absorb the butter and warm… cooking off the flour taste.
Next we’ll slowly stream in the milk, heat over medium, and whisk over the flame until the mixture thickens slightly.
Spices too! Add what feels special to you.
I chose dried mustard and ground cayenne pepper.
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.
Not too much salt… we’re adding a lot of cheese and we can always add more later.
Smoked gouda to the sauce to melt to creamy and help thicken the sauce.
One great trick to is to lightly toss the grated cheese in cornstarch. Once added to the bechamel, it will help thicken the sauce as it comes to a simmer.
Sauteed onion and sauteed whole garlic cloves. You know… add to the delicious.
Into a casserole dish with the blanched sprouts and shredded aged gouda.
That’s right, two goudas: one melted into the cheese sauce, the other tossed with brussels.
Two Goudas. Good or great band name?
Cheese sauce to top, AMEN.
Into the oven, go with God.
While the sprouts bake to soft (it takes about 30 minutes)… I saute panko bread crumbs with butter and fresh parsley, adding a crunchy bite to the creamy sprouts.
Baked and browned, and now crumbed.
Slide that turkey over… make room.
Cheesy brussels sprouts ALL UP IN THE AREA!
This recipe is inspired by Martha Stewart’s new Vegetable book (that I love) and photographed by Jon Melendez.Print
Creamy Smoked Gouda Brussels Sprouts
- 1 ½ pounds brussels sprouts, stems trimmed and most of the sprouts sliced in half
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon ground mustard powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 cups whole milk
- sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup diced yellow onion (from one small onion)
- 8 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled but left whole
- 1 cup coarsely grated smoked Gouda cheese
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup coarsely grated aged Gouda cheese
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
- sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
- Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When boiling, add the brussels sprouts and simmer for 7 minutes, until they just begin to tenderize. Drain into a colander, cover with ice and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process. Allow to rest while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, and whisk until the mixture is combined and starts to bubble slightly. Don’t let the mixture brown too much, but it’s ok if it browns a bit.
- Whisk in the spices and then slowly stream the milk into the butter and flour mixture, whisking as you stir. Whisk nearly constantly and as the milk comes to a light simmer it will begin to thicken slightly. Add a good pinch of both salt and pepper.
- Lower heat to low.
- In a small skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and whole garlic cloves and saute until the onions are transluscent and beginning to brown and the cloves are browned.
- In a small bowl toss together smoked gouda cheese and cornstarch. Add the cheese to the thickening milk mixture and stir to combine. The cheese will begin to melt and the cornstarch will further thicken the sauce as it begins to simmer.
- Stir in the cooked onions and garlic.
- Cook until mixture is silky smooth and thickened.
- Melt remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in the medium skillet. Add the breadcrumbs and parsley and toss until coated in butter and browned slightly, about 4 minutes. Add a good pinch of salt and fresh cracked black pepper and place in a small bowl until it’s time to layer everything.
- Transfer drained brussels sprouts to a 2-quart baking disk. Add the aged gouda and toss to combine.
- Pour the smoked Gruyere cheese sauce over the vegetable mixture.
- Bake, uncovered, until bubbling and golden brown and the brussels sprouts are completely tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and top generously with breadcrumbs
- Brussels sprouts can be made ahead of time by blanching the vegetables, making the cheese sauce, assembling it all (except for the bread crumbs!) in the baking dish, covered and refrigerated. Before ready to serve, remove the cover from the dish, add the sauted bread crumbs and bake as usual. Enjoy!
I made these last night. My sprout-hating bunch couldn’t get enough of them. Instead of simmering the sprouts, I caramelized them and the onions. They are holiday worthy.
Wow this sounds fantastic, My family is not adventurous enough to try this for thanksgiving but I will definitely have to give it a try as an awesome side dish another time this fall/winter!
Gotta love the gouda!
Warm Vanilla Sugar
Creamy sprouts are my fav!! These sound incredible!
I’ve never had brussels sprouts but this recipe makes me want to try!
I usually add nuts & fried onions to the topping
This sounds sooo delicious. Pinning it immediately! ; o )
Joy, I simply love those little side plates, with the green edges and floral design, (or saucers, if that’s what they are.) Would you mind to share the details from the bottom of the plates?
Sabrina @ Familynano
Thank you for the awesome recipe! I love simple stuff like this. I have never even had a brussels sprout, but I am so excited to try them now!
Thanks Joy :)
Now THAT’S a brussels sprouts recipe I would eat! Looks delicious!
This sounds much better than the turkey! Love this idea. Sounds delicious!
Oh mah gah!!!!!! What an incredible way to turn brussels sprouts into something people actually WANT to eat. Thanks, Joy!
Victoria Sponge Pease Pudding
That looks DELICIOUS! Gosh I never though to make sprouts into a cauliflower cheese bake type situation but this looks ingenious! Dunno why people don’t like sprouts, if you cook them right they just make your Christmas dinner plate (or Thanksgiving I guess in your case!)
Lovely. I really like brussel sprouts, so this is a dish for me :)
Everything sounds very yummy – I only can’t be friend with the Brussels sprouts :)
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
heather (delicious not gorgeous)
i think we all just started to like them more once they were cooked in a way other than boiled to “aromatic” mush balls! but anyways, the creamy sauce and melty cheese sound like the perfect accompaniments to get my greens in (:
Exactly! Overcooked, gray mush balls are not appetizing. I love them sautéed in butter, with or without other goodies like bacon. But this dish sounds like comfort food deluxe. I’ll be trying it soon.