Easy Smashed Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

Smashed Brussel Sprouts are crunchy, sweet, and delicious brussel sprouts drizzled with a flavorful balsamic glaze! This easy brussel sprouts recipe is the perfect holiday side dish!

Looking for more brussel sprouts recipes? Try my oven roasted brussel sprouts with honey balsamic glaze!

brussels sprouts drizzled with balsamic glaze

CRISPY SMASHED BRUSSEL SPROUTS

Your new favorite way to eat Brussel Sprouts in 3…2…1: SMASHED!

Yep, smashed brussel sprouts, friends, is the new smashed potatoes and they couldn’t be tastier. This delicious side dish is a must for the Holidays, or for any time of the year.

And, not only are brussel sprouts delicious (YES, they are, haters 😆) but they are also a good source of protein, iron, and potassium. 🙌 

smashing brussel sprouts with a jar

HOW TO MAKE SMASHED BRUSSEL SPROUTS

Garlic roasted SMASHED brussels sprouts finished off with a balsamic reduction results in a sweet, caramelized perfection that will enhance any main dish. 

There’s 3 steps to making this tasty dish and those steps include; boil, smash, and bake. 

  1. First, you take the brussels sprouts and boil them for 10 minutes.
  2. Then, transfer drained sprouts to a baking sheet and smash them with the bottom of a jar. 
  3. Season and roast for 20 minutes, or until the edges crisp up. 
  4. In the meantime prepare the balsamic glaze by reducing Balsamic Vinegar down to about half and thickened. 
  5. Remove brussels sprouts from oven; drizzle with balsamic glaze, and serve. If counting carbs, leave out the balsamic glaze.

smashed brussel sprouts on a baking sheet

HOW TO PREPARE BRUSSEL SPROUTS FOR COOKING

  • To prepare brussels sprouts for cooking, first, you want to trim off the bottoms and then peel away the outer leaves.
  • Also, do not wash brussel sprouts until you’re ready to cook with them. Even then you don’t have to wash them because by peeling off the top leaves, you are essentially cleaning them. 

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STORE BRUSSEL SPROUTS?

  • If brussel sprouts are raw, keep them in the fridge inside the crisper drawer until ready to use. 
  • If brussel sprouts are cooked, make sure they are completely cooled before storing them in an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • To reheat leftover brussels sprouts, spread them on a baking sheet and reheat in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes at 350˚F. 

Balsamic glaze drizzled over smashed brussel sprouts.

CAN YOU MAKE SMASHED BRUSSEL SPROUTS AHEAD OF TIME?

  • Absolutely, yes. However, I will also say that if you want to serve them crunchy and fresh, you should partially roast them for about 12 minutes, cool, and keep in the fridge until ready to use. When ready, finish roasting the brussel sprouts right before you are going to serve them. 

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Balsamic glaze drizzled over smashed brussel sprouts.
Easy Smashed Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
 

Crunchy, sweet, and delicious Brussel Sprouts drizzled with a flavorful Balsamic glaze! 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 137 kcal
Ingredients
FOR THE BRUSSEL SPROUTS
  • 2 pounds Brussel Sprouts, trimmed and outer leaves removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
FOR THE BALSAMIC GLAZE
  • 2 cups good quality balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and set aside.

  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add in the brussels sprouts.
  4. Cook the brussels sprouts in boiling water until tender, about 10 to 12 minutes, depending on their size.

  5. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  6. Lightly pat dry the brussel sprouts with paper towels and transfer to previously prepared baking sheet.

  7. Toss with olive oil and garlic.
  8. Smash each of the brussel sprouts using the bottom of a small jar.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes, or until bottoms are crispy.

In the meantime prepare the Balsamic Glaze.
  1. Add balsamic vinegar to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until bubbling.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer until reduced by half and thickened, stirring frequently.
Remove brussel sprouts from oven.
  1. Drizzle with prepared balsamic glaze.
  2. Serve.
Recipe Notes
WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 4
Nutrition Facts
Easy Smashed Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 517mg15%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 855IU17%
Vitamin C 97mg118%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 Responses
  1. Jennifer

    Not a huge fan of brussel sprouts here, but I think this recipe may have changed my mind! So incredibly tasty, & I loved the crunch!

  2. Trang

    I love all the flavors and the crunch to the recipe! Also, thank you for that tidbit about washing the brussel sprouts or even not having too. I didn’t realize that!

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