This is more than a side dish. This is a perfectly crunchy, salty, and completely addictive veggie that doesn’t always make it to the table. This is due to the phenomenon called “sampling.” Big and little fingers wander into the kitchen and take little pinches to sample. I’ve made these three times this week expecting protests – but there are just happy children who are rooting for Brussels Sprout Crunchies. (Stranger things have happened in my kitchen…) 🙂
These remind me of the potato shoestring chips my dad would bring home when I was a kid. My fingers would be shiny and covered in salt. Think of these as a healthier and super satisfying alternative to that greasy salt bomb of my childhood.
I’m not going to preach to you about the health benefits of Brussels sprouts. We know they are a nutritional powerhouse because we were threatened to eat them as children. These adorable Barbie-sized cabbages should be part of your mission to serve seasonal produce this fall and winter. If you’ve ever wanted to make Brussels sprouts chips this method is better and faster. I feed a lot of mouths and preparing individual leaves for chips was way too time consuming. This is how to get the crunch with speed: Use your blessed food processor.
My food processor is straight from heaven. When it finally dies I’ll have it enshrined. I used my slicing plate to get some uniformly small ribbons of Brussels sprouts.
I placed the sprouts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and tossed 2 tablespoons of olive oil, about 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, and a few generous cranks of fresh pepper. Depending on your taste buds, the cheese might be enough saltiness for your crew. But you can add more salt to taste when they get out of the oven. If you’re going dairy-free with this recipe, make sure to salt your sprouts at this point.
Toss your newly discovered Brussels sprout delight into a 400 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes watching closely at the end. They are thinly sliced in a high temp oven – so going from crunchy perfection to black death can happen in only a few minutes. (I speak from experience, friends.)
Enjoy your new favorite Brussels sprouts alone, as a side dish, or tossed with roasted squash and pasta for a scrumptious meatless main dish.
- 4 cup Brussels sprouts
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, ground
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Wash and trim the ends of the Brussels sprouts.
- Next, put them though a food processor using the slicing plate.
- Arrange the sprouts in a thin, even layer on a parchment covered baking sheet.
- Add olive oil and cheese to the sprouts and mix around a bit with your hand.
- Add a few generous cranks of fresh pepper and toss in the preheated oven.
- Check your Brussels sprouts after ten minutes and stir around. If you have some sprouts on the edges browning nicely, push them to the center of the pan and move over to the edge some that are still bright green.
- Check again after another ten minutes. At this point they may be ready. Feel free to roast a few more minutes if you want even more crispiness. Watch closely and remove before you get burned pieces.
- Remove from oven and salt to taste.
- Serve alone as a salty snack, as a side dish, or toss together with roasted squash and pasta for a main dish.
Hey there! I’m Alli from Don’t Panic Mom. I live in the Middle of Nowhere with four kiddos and one Hunky Husband. I love to make sense of healthy living with the reality of a tight budget and hungry kids. Want more healthy hacks for modern moms? Follow me on Facebook.