10 Holiday Appetizer Recipes Starring Brussels Sprouts

By Alissa Harb on November 3, 2016

Their “pop-able” nature makes brussels sprouts a prime ingredient for appetizer trays, but there’s so much more to sprouts than that. They’re bite-sized and adorable, sure, but they’re just as delicious deconstructed and loaded into cheesy dips or piled atop flatbreads and crostini. Check out these 10 fun ways to work them into your holiday lineup.


Creamy Brussels Sprouts and Shallot Dip

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Spinach artichoke dip may need to watch its back. This melty skillet dip is loaded with three kinds of cheese and plenty of shredded brussels sprouts, of course.

Minimalist Baker


Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

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Breaded with Panko and Parmesan, then pan-fried until crispy, these sprouts were MADE for poppin'. We recommend making a double batch.

Damn Delicious


Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup

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Brussels and bacon. Was there ever a more perfect pairing? These bite-sized nibbles are finished with a sweet maple glaze that beautifully compliments salty bacon.

Garnish with Lemon


Brussels Sprouts Fritters

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Contrary to appearances, these fritters aren't deep-fried. They're actually sautéed, making them a healthy holiday app option! We'll take ours with a side of hummus.

The Fitchen


Cranberry, Butternut and Brussels Sprouts Nachos

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Plans to spend the afternoon watching football? Give your classic game day fare a special occasion twist by incorporating seasonal ingredients.

Half Baked Harvest


Salt and Vinegar Brussels Sprout Chips

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If you've never tried brussels sprouts chips, you're missing out. They're light, crunchy and insanely easy to prepare—perfect for enlisting kids' help in the kitchen.

The Healthy Maven


Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Pizza

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Imagine this thin crust pizza sliced and scattered over a rustic wooden serving board. Happy holidays, indeed.

Well Plated


Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Spicy Aioli

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When sautéed or roasted, brussels crisp and caramelize beautifully—so they're actually quite delicious for snacking on their own, but especially with a spicy aioli for dipping.



Brussels Sprouts Sliders

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This particular recipe calls for filling sprout "sliders" with mustard, caramelized onions, and tempeh, but you could just as easily opt for a version featuring bacon or prosciutto.

Food Fitness Fresh Air


Brussels Sprouts Crostini

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Spread toasted bread slices with roasted garlic, and top with sautéed sprouts and Parmesan cheese. So simple, so delicious.

How Sweet Eats