I know. I thought I was done with all of those obnoxious grilled cheese sandwiches too.

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… guess not.

I also feel sort of cheaterish since exactly a week ago I talked about brussels sprouts, bread and cheese and now again I’m talking about… brussels sprouts, bread and cheese.

I think I need to get out more.

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All repetition and lack of creative ingredients aside, when you put brussels sprouts in your grilled cheese that has to cancel out, like… all of the cheese and butter and stuff. This is essentially the healthiest grilled cheese in the world. Because I say so?

I tend to assume that most people (read: all) love brussels sprouts when they are shredded into tiny pieces and combined with salt and garlic and balsamic and then layered in between thick, melty cheese and toasted bread, because if I like them? With this ridiculous. childish palate? Then everyone has to like them. Right? Right. Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying something that tastes this good.

Then again… I think we all know how dramatic I am. No comment.

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I gotta say that the balsamic makes it for me. Okay, probably the cheese too, but whatever. If you’ve been reading you know what a vinegar freak I am. Gah. I love vinegar. I could drink it. [oh speaking of, you can still receive a discount on my faaaaavorite vinegars and oils ever with the code howsweet10!] You can make your own reduction or buy a bottled glaze, but the key is to just add that stuff right in between the layers. And then maybe use it as a dip. Or a toothpaste.

Okay, I’ll stop.

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The good news is that I really have no idea what inventive ingredients I possibly have left to layer between bread and cheese.

The bad news is that I really have no idea what inventive ingredients I possibly have left to layer between bread and cheese.

That makes me scared.

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Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese

Yield: makes 4 sandwiches

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


1/2 pound brussels sprouts, stems removed and chopped or shredded
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
balsamic glaze or reduction
12 ounces of havarti cheese, sliced
8 slices whole grain bread
softened butter for spreading


Heat a large skillet oven medium heat and add olive oil. Toss in shredded brussels sprouts and garlic with salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Cook until wilted and golden, stirring occasionally, about 5-6 minutes. Remove sprouts from the skillet and place them in a bowl.

Heat the same skillet (or a separate griddle, etc) oven medium-low heat. Butter the outsides of every bread slice, then layer the sandwiches with slices of cheese, the brussel sprouts, a good drizzle of balsamic glaze and more cheese. Top off with a slice of bread, buttered-side up. Cook until each side is golden and crisp and cheese is melted, then gently flip and do the same.

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Suppose I’ll just keep eating this one.

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109 Responses to “Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese.”

  1. #
    peaceterri — November 28, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    so …did you make that wheat bread? Recipe please !


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2012 @ 11:34 am

      no way! store bought.


  2. #
    Colette @ JFF! — November 28, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    Brussels sprouts in a grilled cheese sandwich?
    Girl, you think out of the box!


  3. #
    Kelly M — November 28, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    OMG. Best. Sandwich. Ever.


  4. #
    Cathy @ Noble Pig — November 28, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

    OMG. This is like the craziest sandwich ever and I love you for it. I would gobble all of it just to make my husband mad..as he dislikes the brussel sprout! Love this!!


  5. #
    Cookie and Kate — November 29, 2012 @ 1:25 am

    Woah there. This looks phenomenal.


  6. #
    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — November 29, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    I like the sound of a brussels sprout grilled cheese!


  7. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — November 29, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    Super creative! I’m totally jonesing for this sandwich.


  8. #
    Kelsey — December 1, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    What an amazing combination of flavors! I love Brussels sprouts and (of course) grilled cheese sandwiches. I can’t wait to try this recipe.


  9. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — December 3, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Does it make me fatty or awesome-fatty that I first thought those glasses of beer (heavenly) were ramekins of melted butter for dipping? (I’m going with the latter because I’m biased and in denial about my coolness factor).

    This is the best grilled cheese EVER. You actually were the one to propel me into a downward spiral of obsessive love for brussels sprouts and on grilled cheese with balsamic sauce.. if you need me, I’ll be in my room.


  10. #
    Sweeney — December 6, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    I was skeptical and my husband was downright appalled at what I was doing but we were both pleasantly surprised when we took our first bites. A definite addition to our permanent menu of options. Thanks!


  11. #
    Samantha Carballo — December 29, 2012 @ 3:16 am

    This was so delicious! My boyfriend is vegetarian so this was a fun twist for dinner! Thank You so much for your simple creativity in this recipe! :)


  12. #
    Kim — March 6, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    Pinned this recipe about a month ago…I bet I have had at LEAST 200 re-pins in that time!!! Now…to just try it!! :)


  13. #
    michele — October 18, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    Unbelievable. We will definitely be having these again!!!


  14. #
    RavieNomNoms — November 14, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    OMG this sounds amazing!


  15. #
    Mjskitchen — November 18, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    I have to say that even though I’m not much of a Bs eater, this sandwich look pretty darn good! I think it’s the cheese that does it for me.


  16. #
    Jessica — February 13, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

    I too love brussel sprouts. This recipe was very inspiring. I didnt follow it exactly (actually, I do that most of the time)…I really took the idea to make epic quesadillas. Yum! Thanks for this recipe, somehow I never thought to make a sandwich from my fave veg.


  17. #
    Natalie — February 14, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    made this last night but with fresh mozzarella cheese and oh I think I died and went to heaven for a minute!


  18. #
    Lilit B — March 20, 2014 @ 8:55 am

    Awesome! Bookmarked :D.



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