Got somebody in your life who HATES brussels sprouts?
This recipe just *may* be the one that brings them to our side! I say *may* because my father absolutely detests brussels sprouts, and every year at our family thanksgiving he announces that he is willing to try them again, and following through with his promise, he inevitably comes to the same conclusion: he HATES them. So, these likely won’t make him like them, but maybe you’ll have better luck?
For me, it’s the blue cheese. The blue cheese makes these brussels sprouts shine. My husband visited a local cheese shop last weekend and scored a Stichelton blue cheese that the shop owner had just got a small shipment of. Let me tell you, I think we found the cheese they base “stinky” cheese on… did somebody just take off their shoes?? Blegh! Thankfully, it tasted quite a bit better than it smelled. Though I will say, I prefer it mixed with other foods rather than just as a crumble on top of a salad or as part of a cheese board.
*Side Note* brussels sprouts are one of my absolute favorites veggies, and I was today-years-old when I learned they are called brussels sprouts (with an s at the end) and NOT brussel sprouts….
The things you learn when you write a food blog… I could write a blog about that! *Insert tongue sticking out emoji*
Now, without any further delays, please go ahead and make this recipe. Your brussels sprout hating friends and family will thank you.
What You Will Need:
- Microwaveable/Steam-able Brussels Sprouts
- Bacon or Real Bacon Crumbles
- A Really Good Blue Cheese
- Red Onion
- Minced Garlic
- Blackening Seasoning
- Pink Himalayan Salt
- Black Pepper
- Olive Oil*** If Needed
Blackened Blue Cheese Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- Cast Iron Skillet
- 1 10 oz Microwaveable/Steam-able Brussels Sprouts
- 1/4 Red Onion Diced
- 1/4 Cup Real Bacon Crumbles (Can cook a few bacon strips and dice to achieve this as well)
- Crumble Blue Cheese to Taste
- 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
- 2 Tbsp Blackened Seasoning
- Salt and Pepper to Taste We love our Himalayan Salt
- Olive Oil
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease with some cooking spray.
- Follow the instructions on your steam-able/microwaveable brussels sprouts, let cool to the touch, then cut each one in half.
- If you are cooking your own bacon, fry the bacon in the cast iron until crispy and leave the bacon grease, remove the bacon then chop and dice until you have a 1/4 cup. Dice your onion, and set aside.
- In a medium cast iron skillet on medium heat, add your bacon crumbles and let render for a few minutes. (If you have fried your own bacon, you can skip ahead to the next step.)
- Add in your onions and let cook until they begin to turn translucent. Add in your minced garlic and let cook for only a moment or two (you don't want it to burn) then add in your brussels sprouts, blackened seasoning, and salt and pepper. Turn the heat up to medium high and let the brussels cook until they start to brown and get a bit of a char (this is where you may need to use a bit of olive oil to keep everything from sticking- especially if you are using the pre-made crumbles). Transfer to the lined baking sheet and top with the blue cheese crumbles.
- Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit just until the cheese has melted (this won't take very long) then remove from the oven, serve and enjoy!