Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe // @nicoledula

When my brother and I were kids, we were weirdos and loved brussels sprouts. My Dad hated them and he’d go into a funny speech at the dinner table about how gross they looked and smelled. It made us giggle, but I’m sure my Mom was less than thrilled by his performance. Despite his best efforts, though, we were excited when mom made them for dinner. Nothing fancy, just boiled and minimally seasoned. My love for them only grew when I started cooking and could prepare them in new ways. Roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper was my favorite way for a long time.

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe // @nicoledula

This is the recipe that turns brussels sprouts haters into brussels sprouts lovers. I made it for Marc who was on the fence about them and I made it for my Dad one Thanksgiving and they both agreed these silky cream-braised gems were delicious. Marc will say at least once a year, remember those creamy brussels sprouts you make? Those are so good.

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe // @nicoledula

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe // @nicoledula

You might recognize this as Molly’s cream-braised technique from her blog way back in 2006 and she makes cream-braised cabbage in her book, A Homemade Life. I’ve been making this recipe since Jacqui introduced me in 2009. Five years later and it’s still a favorite side dish that needed to go on the blog.

After the brussels sprouts are caramelized in the pan, they braise in cream for a while until soft and the sauce has thickened. The splash of lemon juice at the end is crucial and with only 5 ingredients, you have a dish that tastes fancy, but was easy to make. My kind of recipe.

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe // @nicoledula

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  1. I made this recipe a few years ago when we had friends over for Thanksgiving and it was such a hit!! I used less cream, but it was still fantastic. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • I think I remember you saying that a while back, actually! It’s one of those great recipes to treat yourself to every so often.

  2. It’s final, anything with cream is automatically better 🙂 These sprouts look gorgeous! I’ve never braised them before for fear of them turning cabbagey on me but this recipe sounds lovely!

    • Ha, true Amy! The brussels sprouts get soft and silky and all of their cabbage-ness is miraculously gone. I like you’ll love them!

    • I’m with you there, Steph! I wish we lived closer and could have a brussels sprouts dinner together. Oh man, that would be so fun.

  3. Oh boy, you just reminded me that I have not had nearly enough Brussels sprouts this year! These creamed sprouts are making my stomach growl, Nicole.

  4. This is my dream side for real. brussels+cream= dreams

    speaking of cream… I have made that salted butterscotch pudding recipe of yours twice now!

  5. Oh, Nicole just looking at those pictures of the restaurant called Seldon ? , the food looked amazing!!! just as you are amazing. i just love your blog and you of course and Marc too :-). Thanks for sharing all your foodie experiences. YUM xoxo

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