Crispy Roasted Shredded Brussels Sprouts
Ok, first off, do you call them Brussel sprouts or Brussels sprouts? I had to look this one up — it’s actually BRUSSELS sprouts. As in Brussels, the city. I totally drop that S when I say it, though.
Before we moved to Nevada, my best friend in Cali (and her husband) took us out to eat at a swanky little place called Neumanali for what turned out to be one of the best (if not THE best) meals of my life. One thing that I particularly loved was their roasted shredded brussels sprouts. I was determined to recreate them in my own kitchen, and I think I did a pretty good job.
So good, that my kids will occasionally eat these. And I’ve converted many a Brussels sprout hater with this one. I promise if there’s a chance you’d like Brussels sprouts, THIS IS IT. Shredded Brussels (or shaved Brussels sprouts) are the key to peace with these funny little veggies.
I distinctly remember the first time I ate a Brussels sprout. It was also when we were living in California, and I had gone to one of those buffet places with a giant salad bar with a couple of friends. (Fresh Choice!) They had some cold, boiled Brussels sprouts in the salad bar, so I grabbed one.
We never ate Brussels as a kid. My mom had never liked them either (until I converted her to roasted ones. Why wasn’t roasting vegetables a thing in the 80s/90s???) So I decided that was that day I was going to try one, despite their reputation as being a horrible task to push through to get a dessert.
I put it in my mouth and chewed for a second. It came out immediately. I’m not a super dramatic, spitting-out-food type of person. It rarely happens. But when that bitter, slimy sprout hit my tongue, I wanted it out as soon as possible.
NO WONDER why they’re hated so much! They can be sooooo nasty if they aren’t prepared well! Can I just suggest that we quit boiling all vegetables? There has to be a petition going around. Or some legislation we can pass.
OK, boiling potatoes is fine. Because I’m not sure I want to live in a world without mashed potatoes.
When I started making these, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I sliced them really thinly with a knife by hand for about a year — while standing a foot away from my food processor. It never occurred to me to use it. *facepalm*
You can use a slicing blade (what I do) and shave them or just toss them in there and pulse until they’re shredded well.
Either way using a food processor or some kind of gadget that will slice them for you will guarantee you will make these more than once. And possibly on a weeknight — they’re that easy.
Now that I’ve seen the light, I can whip these up so much faster.
(Update: You can actually buy shredded or shaved Brussels sprouts at the grocery store now. I’m so glad the world is headed this direction.)
Since these cook up quickly and shrink up quite a bit, you can load that sheet pan full and still get a good toast on them. Just toss them around a few times during roasting and roast them longer if you’ve got a full pan.
If you get ambitious and want to shred more Brussels for later you could always make my Sweet Kale Salad (Costco Copycat) or this Apple and Brussels Sprout Slaw from A Mindfull Mom! OR air fry them with this Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts recipe on Vegetarian Mama.