Brussels Sprout Gratin


WOW!  Thanksgiving is lurking around the corner, and I am not even close to being ready.  In fact, this morning as I was laying in bed, thinking about the next month, I pondered on where did the time go?!  I know!  I know!  For the past 4 years you have listened to me bitch about how I am not ready for the holidays.  Well, guess what;  I am beyond being ready this year.

It seems time flew by the past couple months with buying the house, moving, going to Austin (I still have so much to share about that), and some last minute projects that fell on the table, have left us literally in a blur.  We keep talking about how we have not even had a chance to enjoy the new house.  To put up blinds, or smear some paint on the walls.  To set-up the studio space.  To buy that dining room table, and bring our loved ones around it.  We have hopes, and dreams about the holidays in our house,  and they are all centered around giving and sharing.  Just hoping we get a chance to do so this year …..

I did manage to work on a couple recipes that I want to serve over Thanksgiving.  I am getting away easy this year as all I have to make is a traditional Basque dish that involves clams, and lots of them, and this side dish made with the token Thanksgiving veggie, the Brussels sprout.  I have a love hate relationship with Brussels sprouts, and I am sure it has to do with being force feed them as a kid.  The other evening I ordered a pork dish, mainly because it was served with a Brussels sprout gratin, that completely intrigued me.  It was amazing, and I knew I had to recreate it once we got home.

It is easy, and requires only a few ingredients, such as the sprouts, some shallots, a little bacon, cream and Parmesan cheese.  See, I told you it would be easy.  I love the dish as the sprouts are flash cooked to retain their gorgeous color, and crisp bite.  The addition of salty bacon, and nutty Parmesan makes them even more delicious.  So, what are you waiting for?  You have time … run out and grab the ingredients, and then thank me later!

If you don’t like to cook or you don’t have the time, check out Wholefoods;  they are still accepting orders for an amazing Thanksgiving dinner.  We had a chance to sample one a couple weeks ago, and it was fresh, flavorful, and very seasonal.

We wish you and your loved ones the warmest Thanksgiving;  be safe, and do eat that extra serving of turkey!



I wish I had time to make all of these delicious dishes this Thanksgiving, but I don’t.  Maybe you have the time?  














  1. I also have a love/hate relationship with brussels sprouts. More on the hate side, but add bacon and cream and I’m there. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you get a chance to have your family around your new table. :-)

  2. Love this side dish! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Randy tolerates brussels sprouts but I bet he would love them prepared this way. :) Happy Thanksgiving to you dear friend. I look forward to sitting around that table with you some day.

  4. I’ll be trying this one! Happy holidays!

  5. I have to put this on things to make ASAP because it looks so darn good! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Amy @ Chef Basket says:

    Unlike most kids I grew up loving brussel sprouts and this recipe looks fabulous and I’m sure it was a hit for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Mmm I adore Brussels sprouts and am 110% positive I would love this dish! Can’t wait to give it a try. Hope you guys had a wonderful T-Gives :)

  8. Congratulations on your new home. I agree, with each passing year time goes by more quickly. Thanks for sharing this recipe too. I never know what to do with brussel sprouts.

  9. sweet road says:

    Mmm! I heat brussel sprouts and I am always in search of new brussel sprout recipes. This one sounds perfect!


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