Crispy Smashed Brussels Sprouts Recipe With Parmesan: This Is the Best Recipe for Brussels Sprouts by Donna John

Side Dishes Vegetables
5 months ago
Crispy Smashed Brussels Sprouts Recipe With Parmesan: This Is the Best Recipe for Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are healthy and so tasty, which is why they are still the "it" vegetable. One of my favorite potato recipes is crunchy smashed potatoes, so why not do that with brussels sprouts? The result was this delish brussels sprouts recipe!

You can use whatever seasoning blend you like on the brussels sprouts, from dried herbs to everything bagel seasoning to Mediterranean seasoning. Save the brussels sprouts leaves that fall off during boiling and throw those on the baking pan, too. They get super crispy! So good. 

Be very careful when smashing the brussels sprouts because the pan is oiled and they can move around. I found that smashing them on the kitchen towel and then moving them onto the pan was easiest. 

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder, to taste (or your favorite seasonings)
  • lemon wedge

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the brussels sprouts and cook until tender, about 8 to 12 minutes depending on size.
  2. Remove the brussels sprouts to an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
  3. Dry the brussels sprouts on a clean kitchen towel.
  4. Oil a baking sheet with a little olive oil. Carefully smash the brussels sprout with the bottom of a heavy drinking glass or potato masher until flat. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste. Bake in a preheated 425-degree F oven for about 10 minutes.
  5. Flip the brussels sprouts over and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Squeeze some lemon juice over the top, to taste. Continue to bake another 5 minutes or until crispy.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Brussels sprouts have become one of my favorite go-to vegetables (after many years of being daunted by making them). Can't wait to smash mine next time I make them, Donna John ! Great idea.
A refreshing change of pace for this fairly boring veggie...
Terri Jones
Made your brussels sprouts and they were goooooooood!!!
Donna John
Yeah! So glad to hear that!! Great pic! Terri Jones

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