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. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 27, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    It’s only 7am, but you’ve already TOTALLY made my day! I’ll happily eat nothing but balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts for lunch or dinner, but I’ve never tried them in sandwich form. Speaking of other ingredients to put between pieces of bread, I’m surprised you didn’t add homemade bacon bits to this one!


  2. #
    Heather@SugarDish(Me) — November 27, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I. AM. MAKING. THIS. I’ve got oatmeal sandwich bread rising right this minute and these babies are HAPPENING at lunch.


  3. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 27, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    I had leftover Brussels sprouts and I made a sandwich too! My Husband thought it was the weirdest thing ever! lol It was so good! I love that you used Havarti cheese!!


  4. #
    Erica — November 27, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    Brilliant! Doing it


  5. #
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — November 27, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    Whoa! Brussles in grilled cheese, yes!!


  6. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 27, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    You never fail to rock my world.


  7. #
    Liz — November 27, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    I’m not ashamed to admit how much I love brussels sprouts, so this is the PERFECT grilled cheese.


  8. #
    little kitchie — November 27, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    this looks incredible!!! the balsamic glaze puts it over the top. YUM!


  9. #
    Kim in MD — November 27, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    I love brussels sprouts, and incorporating them into a grilled cheese sandwich is genius!


  10. #
    Aggie — November 27, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    I have no words. That looks freaking amazing. I can’t believe you put brussels in a sandwich. I love you.


  11. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — November 27, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    Honestly, can you really have too many recipes for grilled cheese? I think not. The more grilled cheese the better. And if you can even make it a teensie tiny bit healthy (with the brussels sprouts) then bring it on. I’ll eat all of them and feel better about myself, even just slightly.


  12. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 27, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    I love brussels and love balsamic reduction! This is a great way to work the two together – by way of havarti! Love it!


  13. #
    Amanda @ The Dormestic Goddess — November 27, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    I made a side dish for Thanksgiving that had shredded brussels, a balsamic reduction, and bacon in it. It went over like gangbusters otherwise the leftovers would have been perfect for this! Love the sandwich!


  14. #
    Melissa @ Kids in the Sink — November 27, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Oh my gosh. Can we please be friends? I’ve been trying to like brussel sprouts and haven’t found a way yet. I’ve never shredded them though and *I think* since I could drink vinegar too, and i love bread and cheese, this grilled cheese will work. Totally making it. Thank you for making my laugh this morning. Seriously, I wanna be friends.


    • Jessica — November 27th, 2012 @ 10:55 am

      yes let’s be friends! try it and let me know the truth.., if it pasts your test!


      • Melissa @ Kids in the Sink — January 15th, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

        Totally, totally, soooooooooooooo far surpassed my expectations and turned this vegetable into my favorite one! Thank you, thank you, thank you for turning me into a convert.

  15. #
    Rachel — November 27, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    This looks heavenly! I love brussel sprouts, but have never even thought of making them the star of a sandwich! This is genius!


  16. #
    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 27, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    never ever in a million years would I have thought up this combo – it sounds sooooo good though. I love brussels sprouts with balsamic!


  17. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — November 27, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    Oh, this looks tasty!


  18. #
    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — November 27, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I’ve been ALL about cheese lately, so bring on the grilled cheese! :) This one looks great! Brussels sprouts are some of my favorite veggies too!


  19. #
    Erin @ The Food Doctors — November 27, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    My mother-in-law just gave me a bottle of balsamic glaze. (She’s the best!) I am totally making this! Yum.


  20. #
    Amy @Macncheesenpeas — November 27, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    you never fail to impress me with your ingenious concoctions!


  21. #
    Katharine — November 27, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    I really, really want to make this but have a constant fear of chopping brussels sprouts because they are so darn tough. Do you have any chopping recommendations or techniques?


    • Jessica — November 27th, 2012 @ 10:54 am

      Do you have a food processor? You can do it in there! Or if you have a box grater you could try grating them on the thickest side, though be careful since they are small and you can easily grate your fingers.


      • Katharine — November 27th, 2012 @ 10:57 am

        I’m an idiot, why didn’t I think of a food processor? Thanks!

  22. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 27, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Hoooooooooooly #$%. Why can’t I just live inside your mouth.


  23. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — November 27, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    I’m thinking I could hop on the shredded brussels sprouts train. Side note: Is it bad that until a few weeks ago I thought they were called “brussel sprouts?”


    • Jessica — November 27th, 2012 @ 10:53 am

      I thought that forever too. How annoying is that s?


      • McKenzi — November 27th, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

        I thought that until just now when I read this post. Great!

  24. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 27, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    Obnoxious or not, I love everything about this. Brussels are my life lately.


  25. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 27, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Brussels sprouts are a highly undervalued vegg – and even more so because it never would have occured to me in a milion eons to slap them between golden toasted bread and seductive melted chese.
    My life, until now, has been without meaning.


  26. #
    Patricia — November 27, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    Wow!!! Sounds AMAZING!!! Thanks!


  27. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 27, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    I love everything about this recipe! And now I’m officially starving!


  28. #
    Morgan — November 27, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    This sounds really good. Especially the balsamic part. I LOVE balsamic on grilled cheese. Yum!

    P.S. How much is the discount for?


  29. #
    Robyn — November 27, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    UMMMMM this website was MADE for you. I just found it this morning. Enjoy.


  30. #
    Abdul — November 27, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    These recipes look amazing!! Thank you for sharing!! Now mommy can have a “nice” popsicle with the littles.


  31. #
    kim@hungryhealthygirl — November 27, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    I’ve been addicted to Brussels sprouts lately and this just takes them to a whole new level!!


  32. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — November 27, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    This is definitely the only thing in the world that might get me to like brussels sprouts. And I don’t think we have much to worry about you coming up with some new concoction to put between two slices of bread.


  33. #
    Amanda N — November 27, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    I’ve jumped on the Brussels Sprouts bandwagon myself but I’m not totally in love with them yet. This grilled cheese might make that happen. You are a genius.


  34. #
    Alexis @ Hummusapien — November 27, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    I’m currently eating lunch and let me tell you, serious drool going on. I love havarti and I love brussels AND i love balsamic….so this looks beyond heavenly! Fabulous combo.


  35. #
    sara — November 27, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    This looks amazing! I was definitely one of those who hated brussels sprouts as a kid, but now I LOVE them! This looks like such a tasty sandwich.


  36. #
    Kacy — November 27, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    Seeing as how I could drink balsamic and bread and cheese are my two favorite food groups, there’s no way this isn’t fabulous.


  37. #
    Anne Weber-Falk — November 27, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    this looks like the perfect sandwich, as long as you remove the BS. YUCK!! i can’t seem to get them down no matter what i do to them and how i hide them. the pictures are wonderful though so i will gaze upon them and just pretend. thanks


  38. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — November 27, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    I always hated brussels sprouts and love them now! I wish I could dig into this sandwich right now…


  39. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — November 27, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Brussels sprouts totally cancel out butter and cheese. Keep the sprouts recipes comin while they’re still in season!


  40. #
    Kate — November 27, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    Where did you get the bread in this recipe? It looks like something I buy in Giant Eagle’s bakery, I think it’s called Prarie Bread?


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2012 @ 11:35 am

      yes!! good eye. :) my all time favorite bread is harvest bread from whole foods, but if I can’t get there this is a good replacement!


      • Kate — November 28th, 2012 @ 11:40 am

        I will have to try that the next time I get out there. I love me some good whole grain bread.

        • Jessica — November 28th, 2012 @ 11:46 am

          oh you must! you will love it. also, for a delicious everyday bread, have you ever tried friendship farms? they are a local farm/bakery near mt. pleasant and distribute to giant eagles. all of their breads are to die for (and totally organic/whole grain) and I also use their dinner rolls for slider buns and stuff like that. their products are usually placed on a shelf that is stuck on the end of one of the aisles or near the milk or something.


      • Kate — November 28th, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

        Oh wow, those sound awesome, especially the Garden Herb and Seed one. Thanks for the tip, I’ll look for them at the grocery store.

  41. #
    Alicia — November 27, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    JUST bought some “Brussels” Sprouts (who knew it was plural!?) last night and was hoping to try something new… perfect timing!!


  42. #
    Karly — November 27, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    I would really like to live inside your head one day. You make the WEIRDEST food. (That’s a compliment.)


  43. #
    Eileen — November 27, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    Ooh, this sounds like a really great combination! Who doesn’t want lots of crunchy veg in their grilled cheese, anyway? (Ok, probably a lot of people don’t–but I DO.) :)


  44. #
    a farmer in the dell — November 27, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    ohmygoshhhhh. yum. Thanks for another great recipe!


  45. #
    Jess@atasteofconfidence — November 27, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    OH my god. I love you. haha. Looks so good!


  46. #
    Kendra — November 27, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    did you know that 4 brussells have 70% of a woman’s daily recommended vitamin c intake!?!?? healthy li’l buggers!


  47. #
    Katie — November 27, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    I think of you when I buy brussels sprouts. Keeeeep them coming.


  48. #
    Christine — November 27, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    Just so you are fully aware, I might be slightly obsessed with your site. I am currently in the back room at work killing time on it actually…planning Christmas food, weekend food, tonight food…very important things. Thank you for being so awesome! :)


  49. #
    The Meaning of Me — November 27, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    What a great idea! And how very strange that this is your post today. I was just trying to figure out how to use the large amount of leftover brussels sprouts with pomegranate balsamic on them that are sitting in my fridge.


  50. #
    Becky Shepherd — November 27, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    This popped out to me! Looks delicious. I love your ideas



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