Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (2024)

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Do you think you don’t like Brussels Sprouts? Think again! This Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe will change your mind!

Three out of four of my kids are really good eaters. Then there’s Ella. She is definitely my pickiest eater, by far, of the four. The strange thing is, what she chooses to be picky about is not typical. While many kids can’t stand eating chicken on the bone, Ella’s absolute favorite food are these chicken legs. She’ll eat asparagus, she’ll eat salad, and she’ll eat brussels sprouts, of all things. What picky kid eats brussels sprouts? It’s hard enough to get adults to eat brussels sprouts, let alone kids!

Ella ispicky about things likethe shape of the pasta I’m serving, or the cut of the meat we are having (she loves pork, but refuses to touch pork loin). I’d say she is definitely more strong willed and stubborn than picky when it really comes down to it.

I’m still amazed though that she’ll eat Brussels Sprouts. In fact, I’m kind of amazed that all of my kids will eat Brussels Sprouts. I think it has to do with the fact that when I make them, I cover them in enough good tasting stuff that it makes it impossible not to love. Seriously, there isn’t much out there that bacon and cheesy goodness can’t fix, right? Maybe if we just put bacon and cheese on everything it would all taste good and kids everywhere would stop being picky! Not so sure Michelle Obama would agree with that one 🙂

OK, shall we get to this recipe? This was a recipe my client asked me to photograph for them, and I have to say that I had to photograph these Brussels Sprouts in a smaller dish than I cooked them in because everyone kept eating them! I’m used to that with cookies and goodieslike that, but to have my family picking out of my bowl of Brussels Sprouts? That’s pretty unheard of!

If you are looking for a side dish that is surprisingly delicious and yes… kid friendly… give these Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts a try. Turn your Brussels Sprouts haters into lovers with one taste!

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Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

If you think you aren't a fan of Brussels Sprouts, think again... give this recipe for cheesy bacon brussels sprouts recipe a try and I bet you'll fall in love!

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes minutes

Total Time 30 minutes minutes

Servings 4 -6 servings


  • 25-30 fresh Brussels Sprouts
  • 8 slices cooked bacon crumbled into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • Additional parmesan cheese for garnish


  • Cut ends off Brussels Sprouts and remove yellow or spotted leaves.

  • Score an X on the bottom of each sprout (this helps them to be less bitter after cooking)

  • Place brussels sprouts in a large stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender (approximately 10-15 minutes)

  • Remove from heat and drain water.

  • Meanwhile in a small saucepan, heat bacon, sour cream, parmesan cheese, butter and garlic until hot.

  • Combine ingredients from the saucepan and the brussels sprouts in a serving dish. Sprinkle with freshly grated black pepper and top with remaining parmesan cheese.

  • Serve warm.


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  1. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (4)Brian @ A Thought For Food says

    I can’t get enough Brussels sprouts, especially this time of year. The cheese and bacon are always a welcome addition.

    • Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (5)Kristen says

      Me too, Brian! Especially roasted with crispy edges to eat. Mmmmmm!

  2. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (6)Julia says

    I love brussels sprouts and the addition of cheese and bacon just take these to the next level! Love!

  3. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (7)JulieD says

    I love Brussels sprouts but I used to hate them…this looks sooo good!!

  4. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (9)Aggie says

    I am the lone eater of Brussels sprouts in our house, hoping I can get Micah on board at a young age 🙂 these look DELISH!!

  5. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (10)Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says

    Now these are my kind of Brussels spouts! I’ll eat anything with bacon and cheese on it!

  6. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (11)Carol at Wild Goose Tea says

    I just started eating Brussels sprouts this past year. I guess it must have been a shift in my taste buds. I grew them in my garden for others, but personally I didn’t like them that well. A year ago I wouldn’t have read this blog. Aaah life changes. Tasty looking recipe.

  7. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (12)Rachel @ Bakerita says

    I loooove brussel sprouts, and they sound even more delicious with cheese and bacon (but then again, what doesn’t?!). Pinned!

  8. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (13)Amanda says

    This looks amazing!!

  9. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (14)Sandy @ RE says

    I adore Brussels sprouts. Looks great, Kristen!

  10. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (16)Jessica | Saucy Pear says

    Isn’t it crazy what kids will be particular about? A brussel spout eater who’s picky about pasta shapes seems like a not-too-bad deal though. Of course, if they’re covered in cheese, who wouldn’t eat them?! These sound delicious 🙂

  11. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (17)Katie says

    I’m not a fan of boiled/steamed brussel sprouts, but pan fried or roasted are delicious!

  12. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (18)Terri H says

    I also have one that eats pork (chops and pulled) but not pork loin. He’s also a little picky about how I prepare the pork chops. 🙂 Kids! Thankfully, they often grow to like some of the very foods they refused to eat as a child. They come home from college asking for the very things they used to refuse!

  13. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (19)Melanie @ Carmel Moments says

    I was convinced that the only way to eat brussel sprouts was roasted. But I have to admit that I’m willing to give this a try. Looks amazing!
    Have a wonderful Thursday!

  14. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (20)Michelle Rittler | Taste As You Go says

    You know, I always felt a special connection with Leah because we share the same birthday, but now I feel particularly close to Ella and her picky eater tendencies. Her food choices sound so similar to mine. I’ll eat pork loin but not pork chops… I’ll devour sour cream & onion dip but don’t you dare put sour cream on my tacos or nachos or baked potatoes… the list goes on and on. 😉

  15. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (21)Joanie @ ZagLeft says

    I love brussels sprouts and I’ll bet the addition of bacon and cheese is fantastic. I usually roast them, but I’ll have to give this recipe a try. I know my family would love all the cheesy goodness.

  16. Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe (22)Sarah @ SnixyKitchen says

    Way to go getting your kids to eat brussels sprouts! I’m 100% convinced that the reason kids hate brussels sprouts is because of the frozen kind people try to serve them. These, on the other hand, these look AMAZING. And then you went and put cheese and bacon on top? What’s not to love;)


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Do you need to soak brussel sprouts before cooking? ›

Don't soak sprouts before cooking them, they don't need it. Rinse before cooking, and if you want to store them ready-prepped but them in a reusable bag or container in the fridge.

Why won't my brussel sprouts get crispy? ›

If you want your roasted Brussels sprouts to be seriously crispy, you need to crank up the heat. Roasting at a low temperature won't allow them to brown properly, so you want to get that oven nice and hot before tossing in your baking sheet. Follow this tip: Roast Brussels sprouts at a minimum of 400°F.

Do you cut the ends off of Brussels sprouts before you cook them? ›

Some dried or yellow outer leaves are okay, but the leaves should be tightly layered together. Individual sprouts: Brussels sprouts sold by the pound are what you find most often at the market. They need to be trimmed of their dry ends and yellowed or damaged leaves before halving and cooking.

Why do you soak brussel sprouts in water? ›

For best results, soak your Brussels sprouts in salt water. Not only does salt act to tenderize the dense sprouts, but it will also help to season them all the way through. It won't take a lot -- just add 1 tablespoon of salt per 1 quart of water and toss in trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts.

How long should I soak Brussels sprouts? ›

It won't take a lot -- just add 1 tablespoon of salt per 1 quart of water and toss in trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts. Soaking the sprouts in salt water doesn't take long --10 to 30 minutes is plenty long enough to soften up the centers.

Do I need to boil brussel sprouts before roasting? ›

Yes, you can cook fresh Brussels sprouts without boiling them. You can roast, sauté, grill, or even microwave them for alternative cooking methods that can enhance their flavor and texture.

Is it better to roast brussel sprouts whole or cut in half? ›

To maximize the flat areas, which get the most crispy surface area, cut your Brussels sprouts in half. If your Brussels sprouts are very small, you can leave them whole (and if they are very large, quarter them).

Why are my brussel sprouts still hard after cooking? ›

This could be caused by using too little oil for roasting. You need a nice coating of oil—enough to make the heads shiny or if they're cut, enough oil to get inside the folds of some of the leaves. Without oil, Brussels don't brown and soften—they dehydrate.

How many brussel sprouts per person? ›

Sprouts on the stalk will stay fresher longer than sprouts that have been picked off and sold loose. Plan on about 1/2 pound (8 ounces) of raw brussels sprouts per person.

Do you eat brussel sprout stems? ›

Yes, you can eat the stalk. Slice off the Brussels sprouts when they're fork tender, and return the stem to the oven. Let it roast for another 15 minutes. Test for tenderness, and then split the stalk with a sharp knife.

Can you overcook brussel sprouts? ›

For best results, cook sprouts until just tender, never mushy. Overcooking produces the offensive odor associated with Brussels sprouts. It's caused by the release of sulfur-containing compounds. Overcooking also causes them to turn a drab olive green.

Why do brussel sprouts make you go to the bathroom? ›

“Brussels sprouts are high in fiber, which can promote digestive regularity,” says Rifkin. She explains that eating fiber-rich foods, like Brussels sprouts, is important because it increases stool frequency and alleviates constipation. A full 95 percent of people in the U.S. don't eat enough fiber.

Is it OK to leave brussel sprouts in water overnight? ›

Cook the sprouts in boiling salted water for about 5 minutes, then drain and dunk them into very cold water. Drain again and store in the fridge overnight. Fry up some bacon lardons or pancetta until crispy, then add some chestnuts.

How do you take the bitterness out of Brussels sprouts? ›

The sweetness works with the bitterness, and the sugar helps to caramelize the sprouts and bring out their own sweetness. A bit of brown sugar will also work. Acid can be useful as well. A splash of lemon juice, or even apple cider vinegar, works wonders on bitter sprouts.

How do you prepare brussel sprouts for eating? ›

Preheat the oven to 425° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the Brussels sprouts in half, toss with drizzles of olive oil and pinches of salt and pepper, and spread on the baking sheet. Roast 20 to 30 minutes or until tender and golden brown around the edges.

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