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8 ways to make brussels sprouts taste awesome

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Fresh organic Brussels sprouts in a colander on a wooden table

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Not so long ago, the prospect of brussels sprouts on the dinner plate was hardly cause for joy. That was before clever cooks discovered all kinds of brussels sprouts recipes to make them irresistible. Now, fall celebrations hardly seem complete without them. Roasting is now the number one way—but not the only way—to prepare these adorable mini-cabbages. Wine, apple cider, sriracha, chipotle, maple syrup, and more, add unexpected flavor twists to dishes featuring this classic fall veggie. Here are eight brussels sprouts recipes to showcase at the holiday table and everyday meals all season. We have more brussels sprouts recipes and other vegan thanksgiving recipes at VegKitchen.com.

Chard with Brussels Sprouts and Red Peppers

In Chard with Brussels Sprouts and Red Peppers, halves of Brussels sprouts look pretty mingled with any variety of chard, and they taste wonderful together, too. Olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic bring out sublime flavor in this simple skillet-cooked preparation.

Cider-Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Somewhere along the way, someone figured out that roasting brings out the very best of flavor from brussels sprouts. And adding a glaze of apple cider assures that a full pan of Cider-Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts, with their warm, sweet flavor, will disappear quickly!

Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Wild Rice

Sweet and spicy Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Wild Rice makes a handsome dish that can be served either as a side dish or entrée for special occasions—it’s particularly fitting for Thanksgiving.

Maple-Chipotle Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are often paired with bacon for that hint of smokiness. Instead of adding some type of meatless bacon, Smoky Maple-Chipotle Brussels Sprouts makes use of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Chipotle peppers have a distinct smoky flavor (as well as some heat!). Like the previous recipe, maple syrup helps balance out the spiciness.

Wine-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

A slightly sweet glaze of red wine gives Wine-Glazed Brussels Sprouts a deep, rich flavor. This is an easy and tasty way to serve Brussels sprouts for everyday meals. Double the recipe to serve at a festive Thanksgiving meal.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples

In Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples, the outer layers get a little bit browned and crispy. And everyone loves browned and crispy! Kirsten at Oh My Veggies says her favorite thing to do with roasted brussels sprouts is to pair them with sweet flavors. Usually she goes for just one sweet addition, but this time she adds three: dried cranberries, apples, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pear, Cranberries, and Vegan Parmesan

Typically, brussels sprouts are roasted or skillet-cooked but have you ever had them raw? In Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pear, Cranberries, and Vegan Parmesan, they’re combined with dried cranberries, toasted almonds, fresh pear, and vegan Parmesan cheese for a slaw-style salad like you’ve never tasted before.

Olive Angel Hair with Seared Brussels Sprouts

Finally, Olive Angel Hair with Seared Brussels Sprouts offers up an unusual flavor combo. Briny olives and perfectly cooked brussels sprouts, with their delicate layers and caramelized outer leaves, make this a totally satisfying dish that isn’t run–of–the–mill.