Fresh Brussels sprouts, fresh cranberries, feta cheese, and just a few other ingredients come together to make the best-tasting Slow Cooker Brussels Sprouts recipe. This is one you’ll definitely want to try for your next Thanksgiving meal, potluck, or general family gathering.
Can I cook Brussels sprouts in a Crockpot?
Truth be told, I think slow cooker Brussel sprouts are one of the easiest no-nonsense ways to cook them. Oftentimes, people are concerned with overcooking them or wonder how to add flavor to them. When using the slow cooker, you can ensure they will be cooked to fork tender and be filled with whatever flavors you add to the cooking process.
If you love Brussel sprouts, this slow cooker recipe will help you create a delicious and hearty side dish that pairs perfectly with any meat and an additional side of your choice. Grab your crock pot, the ingredients below, and get ready to make some yummy veggies. The prep time is minimal and the cooking time is short, making this a low-maintenance side dish to try.
- Brussels Sprouts: You’ll need about 2 pounds of fresh Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved.
- Maple Syrup: This adds a slightly sweet flavor without being overbearing.
- Honey: Using honey provides another slightly sweet taste and is a good replacement instead of using sugar.
- Olive Oil: This oil is on the healthier side and will help keep the Brussels sprouts from sticking.
- Seasonings: Salt and black pepper are the only seasonings you’ll need to add.
- Fresh cranberries: Adding fruit will make Brussels sprouts even more flavorful. These are always some of the first fruits to be added to side dishes because they’re so good.
- Cheese: Feta cheese can be added to any of your favorite vegetables, including these delicious Brussels sprouts.
Step One – In a slow cooker, pour in the Brussel sprouts and cranberries.
Step Two – Add in the maple syrup, honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well to coat the Brussels sprouts. Cover and slow cook Brussels sprouts on LOW heat for 4-5 hours or HIGH heat for 2-3 hours or until they are tender.
Step Three – Stir in half of the feta cheese.
Step Four – Cover and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes. Serve immediately to ensure the crockpot Brussels sprouts are hot, and garnish with the remaining feta cheese. Enjoy!
What to serve with Brussels Sprouts
- Similar to roasted brussels sprouts, these can be served alongside your favorite main course meat such as a Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Mayo or Slow Cooker Steak Bites.
- They can also be served with other sides like honey garlic carrots, parmesan cheese topped potatoes, or green beans.
- When it comes to toppings, try a drizzle of Dijon mustard, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, a dash of balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, or bacon. If you know how to make a balsamic glaze, that would pair wonderfully as well.
- Feel to sprinkle some chopped pine nuts such as pecan or walnuts for added crunch and flavor.
Recipe FAQs and Variations
The reason I suggest you trim the brussel sprouts and cut them in half is to ensure even cooking.
Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less maple syrup and honey according to your taste. Some people like to use brown sugar as well.
Yes, either work well. Use a half cup of dried cranberries.
Yes, you can use frozen brussel sprouts, but make sure to thaw them before adding them to the slow cooker. Frozen sprouts will take longer to cook and may not turn out the same during the slow cooking process.
Yes, if you prefer a dairy-free or vegan option, you can omit the feta cheese or substitute it with a plant-based alternative.
Yes, if you’re not a fan of feta cheese, you can try crumbled goat cheese, shredded parmesan, or even blue cheese.
Similar to other roasted veggies, allow them to cool completely. Transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate within two hours of cooking. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. When reheating, you can either microwave them or reheat them in a skillet with a little bit of oil or butter until heated through.
This slow cooker makes enough to feed a crowd; however, you can easily double the recipe, especially if you (and your family) love Brussels sprouts.
Slow Cooker Brussels Sprouts
- 2 lbs. fresh Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 1 cup fresh cranberries (or a half cup dried)
- 1 cup feta cheese divided
- In a slow cooker, combine the brussels sprouts, maple syrup, honey, olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh cranberries. Mix well to coat the brussel sprouts.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW heat for 4 hours or HIGH heat for 3 hours or until the brussels sprouts are tender.
- Stir in half of the feta cheese, Cover and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.
- Serve the slow cooker brussels sprouts hot, garnished with the remaining feta cheese. Enjoy!
How to Video:
- Trim the brussels sprouts and cut them in half to ensure even cooking.
- Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less maple syrup and honey according to your taste.
- You can substitute dried cranberries for the fresh cranberries.
- Feel free to sprinkle some chopped nuts, such as pecan or walnuts, for added crunch and flavor.
- Yes, if you prefer a dairy-free or vegan option, you can omit the feta cheese or substitute it with a plant-based alternative.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.