Brussels sprouts are more popular than ever, but we know a lot of you out there aren’t convinced of their tastiness yet. So to you hold-outs, we ask: what if we served them up gratin? That’s right! They’re cheesy. They’re creamy. They’ve got a golden-brown crust. And did we mention? There’s. Bacon.

Brussels sprouts have officially gone from childhood-torture-food to trendy adult favorite. This Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Gratin is the perfect dinnertime companion for pork, chicken, and basically any other roasted meat you can crave. Even better? You mix it all up right in the baking dish!

Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Prep: 15 Mins | Total: 50 Mins
Serves: 4 servings
Difficulty: Easy
2 Pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
¼ Red Onion, cut in half and sliced
To taste Salt
To taste Pepper
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
¼ Pound Bacon, cooked and diced, divided
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
¾ Cup Heavy Cream
2 Tablespoons Panko breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 425°F / 220°C.
To a 2-quart baking dish (or a cast iron skillet), add the prepared Brussels sprouts, red onion, salt, pepper and olive oil. Toss to coat, and place in the preheated oven to bake for 20 minutes.
Remove the baking dish from the oven. Sprinkle the Brussels sprouts with half of the cooked bacon, about half of the shredded cheddar cheese, and all of the heavy cream. Stir to mix.
Cover the Brussels sprouts with remaining shredded cheddar cheese, and then top with the Panko breadcrumbs and the remaining cooked bacon.
Return the dish to the oven to bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the dish is bubbling and the top has begun to brown.
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We’re so into the cheesy-creamy-veggie combo that we can imagine making a meal just out of these Brussels sprouts— especially when you consider the incredible smoky flavor from the bacon!

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And speaking of that bacon— it is very, very important that you fully cook the bacon before throwing it in with the Brussels sprouts. That way, all of the excess fat gets rendered off, and the bacon ends up nice and crispy, leaving that delicious, smoky bacon flavor that really takes this dish to the next tasty level.

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The crispiness of that bacon and the golden-brown Panko-breadcrumb-and-cheddar-cheese crust combines amazingly with the creamy elements of this dish. We used heavy cream to achieve the ultimate in creaminess, and it does so well mixed in with even more cheddar cheese. If you can’t bring yourself to use it, though, we’ve seen other versions of this recipe that use butter or plain old milk, too.

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