Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Brown Sugar

I think these would be more accurately described as Brown Sugar Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar, but I don’t think it sounds as snappy! What is it with Brussels sprouts? I think kids have some string of their dna that hardwires them to think that they don’t like these little green orbs of goodness. My kids were whining about how they don’t like Brussels and they weren’t going to eat them! We told them they would love Brussels if they ever went, and that they were going to try everything on their plate!

Personally, I think these were delicious. My friend Lucy had bought a bunch of Brussels sprouts at Costco and so she was looking for ways to use them up. This was one of the ideas she found. When I talked to her she hadn’t actually tried the recipe yet, but it sounded delicious. I don’t know what her exact recipe was, but I took the description and came up with this.

There’s something magical that happens when you mix brown sugar and a lot of butter. I can’t accurately describe it, but it makes me smile just thinking about it! We served this dish with grilled pork chops and mashed potatoes, but then I had it by itself for lunch yesterday (I had to make sure that it was as good as I thought it was!).

I’m assuming Brussels Sprout are in season right now, because they’re everywhere. Take this opportunity to branch out and enjoy some triple B goodness. Would it be wrong to reference the Rolling Stones here?!

p.s. The kids ended up eating all the green on their plates!

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Brown Sugar


  • 2 c. Brussels sprouts, rinsed and quartered
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar


  1. Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add Brussels sprouts and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add brown sugar and stir until sugar dissolves.
  4. Cook over medium heat for 10-12 minutes, or until sprouts start to get soft.
  5. Remove from heat and top with the balsamic vinegar.

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  1. I’m impressed that your children ate the brussels sprouts! My girls probably would have…but perhaps not my boys. This looks REALLY delicious. I will give this recipe a go!

  2. I, too, am impressed! I detest brussel sprouts – my taste buds just never grew up! I have a big list of foods I don’t like that I always thought I’d grow out of. Maybe I should try this recipe just in case it can cure me of my picky problem!