Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Bacon and Gruyere Wendy Goodfriend
Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Bacon and Gruyere (Wendy Goodfriend)

Thanksgiving Side Dish: Creamy Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Gratin with Shallots and Gruyère

Thanksgiving Side Dish: Creamy Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Gratin with Shallots and Gruyère

I hate Brussels sprouts. I think I say this every year. But everyone else seems to love them and want them on their holiday table. So this year, since I know I’ll be forced to make them (my entire family loves them), I am going all out and creating something I might actually eat. Introducing the richest, most decadent recipe involving the lowly Brussels sprout: a bacon-studded gratin bathed in Gruyère cheese sauce.

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Now, don’t get me wrong. At one point in my life I liked Brussels sprouts. And then I got pregnant (at Christmas, when Every Single Restaurant in the Universe serves Brussels sprouts with Everything) and completely went off winter vegetables. (So you see, it’s not my fault that I hate them, it’s my daughter's. She, of course, likes them. Go figure.)

I’ve since recovered and love kale, chard, butternut squash, parsnips, etc. But I just can’t find the love for these little cabbage heads.

Anyway, this year I had a brainstorm. Throw them into a gratin! With bacon! And Gruyère cheese sauce!

But watch out, this incredible side dish will have you picking away nonstop at the crispy-cheesy edges until half of it is gone. I know, because I ate a ton of it.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Bacon and Gruyere
Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Bacon and Gruyere (Wendy Goodfriend)

Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Bacon and Gruyère

Makes 6 to 8 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs small, tender Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 4 oz thick sliced bacon, chopped
  • 3 large shallots, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 packed cup shredded Gruyere cheese (about 6 oz)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Tender Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved.
Tender Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved. (Wendy Goodfriend)
Chop the bacon and thinly slice the shallots.
Chop the bacon and thinly slice the shallots. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
    2. Bring a large saucepan half filled with salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Blanch the sprouts until just tender, 3 to 7 minutes (depends on the freshness and size of the sprouts). Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking.
Blanch the sprouts until just tender, 3 to 7 minutes.
Blanch the sprouts until just tender, 3 to 7 minutes. (Wendy Goodfriend)
    1. In a large heatproof frying pan over medium heat, fry the bacon until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to paper towels and add the shallots. Fry until tender, stirring, about 5 minutes.
    2. Drain off all but 2 tbsp fat and add the bacon and butter to the pan (if you don’t have 2 tbsp bacon fat, use 2 tbsp butter).
Drain off all but 2 tbsp fat and add the bacon and butter to the pan.
Drain off all but 2 tbsp fat and add the bacon and butter to the pan. (Wendy Goodfriend)
    1. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and cook, stirring with a whisk, until smooth. Slowly add the chicken broth, then the milk, while whisking, until thickened and smooth. Add 1/2 cup of the cheese and stir until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle the flour over the butter and cook, stirring with a whisk, until smooth.
Sprinkle the flour over the butter and cook, stirring with a whisk, until smooth. (Wendy Goodfriend)
Add 1/2 cup of the cheese and stir until smooth.
Add 1/2 cup of the cheese and stir until smooth. (Wendy Goodfriend)
    1. Add the Brussels sprouts to the sauce and stir to combine. Spread into an even later. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Add the Brussels sprouts to the sauce and stir to combine.
Add the Brussels sprouts to the sauce and stir to combine. (Wendy Goodfriend)
 Spread into an even later. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Spread into an even later. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. (Wendy Goodfriend)
    1. Bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 30 minutes. (If you like, pop it under the broiler to brown the top a bit more.) Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.
Bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 30 minutes.
Bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 30 minutes. (Wendy Goodfriend)
Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.
Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving. (Wendy Goodfriend)

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