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November series – side dishes that are the sh-t #3 brussels sprouts with kale, apples and sherry vinaigrette

Brussels sprouts with kale, apples and sherry vinaigrette is the answer to every “why do I have to eat these f’ing things” prayer there ever was. And they are side dish #3 this month – and if you were planning on making boiled ones or even roasted ones, you should scrap that right now and try these. Even if you don’t have the kale (the original recipe does not include kale), throw this together without it…you will be thanking me that you did. Most of what else is in here you likely have in your kitchen already, so now is the perfect opportunity to try this stunner for Thursday’s feast. 


Caramelized brussels sprouts, kale and apples with sherry vinaigrette - adapted from The Voltaggio brothers

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • Kosher salt
  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts cut in half
  • one large bunch of kale trimmed and julienned
  • 8 ounces double-smoked bacon cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 green apples peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Sherry-Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 1/2 ounces sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large pan over medium-high heat, add the cut up bacon and cook until crispy and the bacon gives off most of it's fat and remove the bacon from pan with a slotted spoon. Add the onions to the pan and lightly salt and cook until caramelized and sweet. Add two tablespoons of the butter, and when it melts, add the apple chunks and thyme sprigs. Toss to coat and cook for about two minutes and add some pepper. Add the Brussels sprouts and kale. Season with salt and pepper, and cook until the sprouts and saute about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add about 1/4 cup of water and the last tablespoon of butter, cover and steam for about five minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking until the water is evaporated and the brussels sprouts and the kale are soft and caramelized. Remove the thyme sprigs and discard. Drizzle half the Sherry-Dijon Vinaigrette onto the sprouts and toss. Serve the remaining vinaigrette alongside the sprouts.

To make the sherry vinaigrette

  1. Whisk all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Drizzle sprouts with 2/3 of the vinaigrette and save the rest to pass at the table.

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  1. I love sprouts, I just need to force my kids to love them too and this recipe is great because the apples will probably distract them a bit lol. Looks really delicious.

  2. I absolutely love Brussel sprouts, and this recipe with the apples looks so good! I never would have thought of using apples with brussel sprouts, but this just sounds amazing.

  3. I love the sounds of these. I’m not a big sprout fan but with the right magic, I could probably eat them. This would be a great side dish for Christmas.

  4. Ooooh yeah. I’m all about the brussels sprouts and bacon combo! These sound delicious!

  5. These look so good! I think I’d like brussels sprouts prepared like this. I can’t do them when they are plain. But this way? Yes!

  6. This looks so savory yummm! This is a dish that will impress any holiday potluck. Will be making it.

  7. I just love this combination of ingredients! The whole dish looks really delicious and mouth-watering. I can’t wait to prepare it for my family at the weekend! 🙂

  8. I love brussel sprouts and this looks absolutely delicious. I am going to try your recipe this weekend at home.

  9. All of my favourite ingredients in one delicious bowl. I am so excited to give this recipe a try 🙂

  10. This looks so delicious. I love vegetables, I’m just about to cook some aubergines. I can make this dish easily without the bacon.

  11. Maybe this recipe is finally the recipe that can get me to like brussel sprouts. I have been trying them because I am determined to like them, but so far, I just gag. Lol. I need to try this recipe and see if it can change my mind toward the little gems.

  12. Oh yes, I’m going to try this especially since you mentioned celebrity chefs! I’m always trying to cook like one and do need to get my veggies in!

  13. Hmmm I wonder if it’s yummy. It looks healthy though. I will try it this weekend with the family. We let the kids eat healthy foods.

  14. Oh my goodness! These look and sound INCREDIBLE! I absolutely love brussel sprouts. I am so trying this recipe!

  15. I’ve seen sprouts in our local market here. I was tempted to buy yet I didn’t because I honestly don’t know what to do with it. Now I know. Thanks to you.

  16. I just recently discovered how good brussels sprouts are! I love them in butter, and now I can’t wait to try this recipe out!

  17. This looks so healthy. I thought I didnt like Brussels sprouts but i really love them especially roasted!

Let me know whatcha think!