Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Relish Grilled Cheese

November 27, 2012


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“Eat your brussels sprouts!” Doesn’t that just sound like something an old school mom would yell at her kids as they’re sitting at the kitchen table trying desperately to hide their brussels sprouts in their napkins? I don’t remember my parents giving me brussels sprouts very often when I was a kid. And I’m counting that as a good thing in that now that I’m an adult, I have no preconceived judgements against or childhood fears for them. But something tells me the brussels sprouts the old school mom was trying to get her kids to eat weren’t roasted brussels sprouts. Had they been, I bet the kid would have eaten them without being told.

Brussels sprouts have definitely jumped on the trend train in recent years. Not so much as pumpkin (I don’t see there being brussels sprouts beers or coffees any time soon… though I could be quite wrong!), but still, people are cooking them and going wild over them. I got sucked in a few years back and now there’s no turning back. Now I’m doing all sorts of crazy things like putting them in grilled cheese. I know. But I promise, it’s good! I opted to use mozzarella cheese because I wanted something a bit mild that wouldn’t wash out the flavor of the sprouts. But I also made a cranberry relish to add a little extra fall flavor. If you have Thanksgiving leftovers, you can certainly use them for this!

Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Relish Grilled Cheese (serves 2):
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  • 3 T olive oil (I used Colavita Roasted Garlic Cooking Oil)
  • 1/8 C chopped onion
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1/2 T minced ginger
  • 1 C fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C water
  • 8 brussels sprouts, stems cut off and halved
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 slices good bread
  • 1 T butter
  • 6 slices fresh mozzarella cheese

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First things first, I would get your cranberry relish going.

Start by heating 1 T olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger and cook until shallots and garlic are softened and fragrant.

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I used Colavita Roasted Garlic Cooking Oil Blend for this, for a little extra garlic bang. It definitely made my kitchen smell heavenly and gave the grilled cheese some great garlic undertones.

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Colavita recently sent us a selection of their extra virgin olive oils and Roasted Garlic Cooking Oil and I’m loving them all so far! You can use any kind of olive oil to sauté the onions, garlic, and ginger in this sandwich. But one of my favorite things in life is to sample olive oils and try new, interesting varieties.

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Add cranberries, sugar, and water to the pot and bring to a boil.

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Then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, making sure to stir quite often. Berries will start bursting and mixture will be nice and thickened.

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Once the sauce appears to be more of a relish, remove from heat.

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Let cool completely.

Now it’s time to get roasting! Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine brussels sprouts with remaining 2 T olive oil and lots of salt and pepper.

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Lay brussels sprouts out cut side down on a foil-covered baking sheet.

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And bake for about 25-30 minutes, until nice and crispy. Or however you like them.

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Now it’s time to build your sammy. Sorry, I’m not Rachael Ray. But seriously, spread butter on one side of each slice of bread and place on a skillet over media, heat, butter-side down.

Spread a thin layer of cranberry relish on top of each slice of bread.

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On top of one slice, layer roasted brussels sprouts (as many as you can fit!). On the other, layer mozzarella cheese.

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Put bread slices together and grill on each side for a couple minutes until the bread is browned and the cheese is melty.

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Slice in half and you’re good to go!

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If you’re not a fan of brussels sprouts, you may be thinking what I did here is an insult to grilled cheese across the world.

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I’m pretty sure that’s what Chris thought. He was excited when I told him I was making grilled cheese and then totally let down when I told him I was packing it full of brussels sprouts.

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But guess what? He ate the entire thing. And admitted he loved it. I’m telling you, roasted brussels sprouts are the way to go!

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I’d like to gather up all the brussels sprouts haters in the world and make them eat a bowl of roasted brussels sprouts or a brussels sprouts grilled cheese. And then see what they have to say.

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I was also a big fan of the cranberry relish on this sandwich. I love super sweet and tart cranberry sauce, but this one had more of a savory bite from the onions, garlic, and garlic oil. But it also had a nice spicy bite from the ginger.

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Everything just worked well together the way the best things in life do.

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And now I have a new favorite grilled cheese that allows me to get some of my greens in, too! And get that Thanksgiving feeling just a little bit longer.

Would you do brussels sprouts in a grilled cheese or is that a big no-no to you?


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18 Responses to "Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Relish Grilled Cheese"

  1. Melissa says:

    This is so creative! I love brussels sprouts so I’d definitely try it!

  2. Ok, I’m not a huge fan of Brussels sprouts, but dang, girl, this looks GOOOOOD!!! I would not turn it down, that is for sure! YUM!

  3. this is so inventive! funny thing is, in my family i love brussels sprouts & my mom is the one who can’t stand ’em. 🙂

  4. Ashley says:

    I can’t wait to try this! I discovered I actually liked brussels sprouts last year and have been searching for new ways to cook them. With my overwhelming love of grilled cheeses, this is totally happening!

  5. Jennie says:

    It looks good, but way too much work for a sandwich.

  6. Megan says:

    uhhh… YUM. I LOVE Brussels sprouts. I must try them in grilled sandwich form!

  7. Gia Grossman says:

    Oh yum!! I didn’t like brussels sprouts when I was a kid but I’ve since changed my outlook on ’em. This looks perfect!

  8. I am obsessed with brussels sprouts…must try this idea!

  9. I LOVE Brussels sprouts. But smothered in cheese?! This could be the best invention ever.

  10. Love this idea! I would definitely put roasted Brussels into a grilled cheese sandwich… and the cranberry relish is the perfect addition.

  11. Odetta says:

    This is the best idea! How can you not love Brussels sprouts in between cheesey bread? I think I need to make this!!!

  12. Sues says:

    @Jennie- It definitely took more time than a typical grilled cheese, but so worth it! It’s super easy, just takes time for the cranberry to thicken and cool and the brussels sprouts to roast 🙂

  13. Eva says:

    Looks absolutely delicious! I just love any sandwich that has cranberries and cheese 🙂

  14. Megan says:

    This grilled cheese looks awesome! I’d definitely do this. I have always loved brussels sprouts, but my siblings didn’t, and when my parents would make them, my siblings would roll them in ketchup to hide the taste. Ketchup! They were ruining perfectly good brussels sprouts! Luckily, a couple of my siblings actually love them now.

  15. Wow. I would have NEVER thought of putting brussel sprouts in a sandwich. This sounds great!

  16. What an interesting combo of ingredients for a sandwich. I will have to give this a whirl soon.

  17. Would have never thought to add brussel sprouts to grilled cheese, but what a great idea!

  18. Shannon says:

    yup, this sounds awesome. i’d even do it with cranberry sauce, if i had any leftover 😉 YUM!

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