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Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Relish Grilled Cheese

Brussels sprouts grilled cheese? Yup! This Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Relish Grilled Cheese is the perfect solution to Thanksgiving leftovers. But it’s also incredibly easy to make from scratch for whenever the craving hits!

(This recipe for brussels sprouts grilled cheese was originally posted in November 2012, but has been updated with new photos and content in 2018).

Head-on close-up view of three brussels sprouts and cranberry relish grilled cheese sandwich halves stacked on top of each other on a white plate with recipe title at top of image

Who’s sick of Thanksgiving food yet?? Not me!! For the first time in my life, I didn’t actually have Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Chris and I went out for Italian food last night and had a nice, super quiet dinner together. BUT we are celebrating with my family on Sunday, at which point I’m sure I’ll eat more than my fair share of turkey and stuffing and sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. And then? I’ll make leftover turkey dinner sandwiches (my favorite!). And then? I’ll make this Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Relish Grilled Cheese. Because you know the brussels sprouts are the last side to go.

While many people still aren’t crazy about them, brussels sprouts have definitely jumped on the trend train in recent years. Not as 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, tons of people are 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! Really, really good. You can use leftover cranberry sauce and brussels sprouts to make this grilled cheese, but I’m also giving you the directions for making it totally from scratch. Because this sandwich is so delicious, you may find yourself craving it when your Thanksgiving leftovers are long gone.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND CRANBERRY RELISH GRILLED CHEESE RECIPE

I opted to use mozzarella cheese in this grilled 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. The brussels sprouts are simply roasted with some salt and pepper and the cranberry relish is a simple cranberry sauce made with onions, garlic, and ginger. But like I said, the cranberry sauce you served at Thanksgiving dinner will work perfectly fine. And if there’s a little extra jazz mixed in with those Thanksgiving brussels sprouts, that’s totally fine, too.

If you’re making this Thanksgiving grilled cheese from scratch, you’ll want to start by making the cranberry relish, which is a simple quick small-batch cranberry sauce made with onion, ginger, and garlic.

Collage showing cranberry relish making process, including cranberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan and cranberry relish in a white bowl

While the cranberry relish is cooking and cooling, you can roast the brussels sprouts.

Close-up of raw brussels sprouts halves with salt and pepper on foil-lined baking sheet

And then get layering all the ingredients on your bread. The cranberry relish goes on both sides and then the brussels sprouts top one of the slices and fresh mozzarella cheese the other. To be fair, it makes more sense to place the cheese over the brussels sprouts so you can close the sandwich easier, without having ingredients falling out all over the place.

Collage showing brussels sprouts and cranberry relish grilled cheese being cooked on griddle with mozzarella cheese

Once the bread slices are together, let the Thanksgiving leftovers grilled cheese sandwiches cook on your griddle or pan until the bread gets browned and the cheese gets melty.

Brussels sprouts and cranberry relish grilled cheese cooking on a griddle

Then you’re ready to slice and serve! And suddenly, you’ll see Thanksgiving leftovers in a whole new light. Same with brussels sprouts, in general.

Head-on view of three brussels sprouts and cranberry relish grilled cheese stacked on each other on a white plate

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. I’m pretty sure that’s what Chris thought. He was so 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. Sorry, honey!

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! If you have a true brussels sprouts hater, you can add bacon. And then make this brussels sprouts grilled cheese with them. My work here is done.

Landscape view of three halves of a brussels sprouts and cranberry relish grilled cheese sandwich stacked on top of each other on a white plate

I’d really love 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. They’d have to come in with an open mind and agree to give me their honest feelings.

But let’s not discount the cranberry relish on this brussels sprouts grilled cheese sandwich. I love super sweet and tart cranberry sauce, but this one had more of a savory bite from the onions and garlic, along with a nice spicy bite from the ginger. I can see this relish being a delicious addition to all kinds of fall appetizers and sides.

Head-on close-up view of three brussels sprouts and cranberry relish grilled cheese sandwich halves stacked on top of each other on a white plate

Everything just worked so well together in this sandwich… The way the best things in life do.

And now I have a new favorite grilled cheese that allows me to get some of my greens in, too. And get that happy Thanksgiving feeling just a little bit longer. I hope you all had the most wonderful Thanksgiving and are gearing up for a fun holiday season!

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

If you’re looking for more ways to enjoy delicious brussels sprouts, check out my recipes for Beer Battered Fried Brussels Sprouts or Brussels Sprouts Bacon Caesar Salad.

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Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Relish Grilled Cheese -- Brussels sprouts grilled cheese? Yup! This Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Relish Grilled Cheese is the perfect solution to Thanksgiving leftovers. But it's also incredibly easy to make from scratch for whenever the craving hits | wearenotmartha.com
Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Relish Grilled Cheese
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Brussels sprouts grilled cheese? Yup! This Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Relish Grilled Cheese is the perfect solution to Thanksgiving leftovers. But it's also incredibly easy to make from scratch for whenever the craving hits!

Course: Appetizer or Entree, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brussels Sprouts, Cranberries, grilled cheese, Thanksgiving
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Author: Sues
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 brussels sprouts, stems cut off and halved
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 slices good bread
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 6 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

  2. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, ginger, and garlic and cook until onion and garlic are softened and fragrant.

  3. Add cranberries, sugar, and water to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, continuing to stir. Berries will start bursting and mixture will get thick. Remove from heat and spoon relish into a bowl to cool.

  4. While cranberry relish is cooking, prepare brussels sprouts. In a medium bowl, combine brussels sprouts with remaining 1 T olive oil and salt and pepper. Lay brussels sprouts out cut side down on a foil-covered baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes, until nice and crispy.

  5. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread and place on a griddle or skillet over medium-low heat, butter-side down.

  6. Spread a thin layer of cranberry relish on top of each slice of bread. On top of two slices, layer roasted brussels sprouts and then add mozzarella cheese. Put bread slices together and grill on each side for a couple minutes until the bread is browned and the cheese is melty.

  7. Slice sandwich in half and enjoy!

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17 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. Jenn's Food Journey says:

    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. sarah k @ the pajama chef says:

    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. Megan says:

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

  6. 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!

  7. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen says:

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

  8. Michelle Collins says:

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

  9. Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living says:

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

  10. 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!!!

  11. Eva says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. ATasteOfMadness says:

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

  14. Culinary Cory says:

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

  15. Erica @ In and Around Town says:

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

  16. Shannon says:

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

  17. LisaR. says:

    Learning to love brussel sprouts – will try this soon – yum!

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