(Note: this post was originally published on January 17, 2019. It was the second post ever on The Rogue Brussel Sprout! The photos are ancient, sorry... they're on my list of ones to update! The date above reflects migration to the new platform.)
A Nacho Remake
How do you make traditional nachos even better?
By making them with brussel sprouts instead of chips, of course! This has the added benefit of making them infinitely more nutritious, but really that's beside the point when you can savor the deliciousness of the world's cutest little vegetable. These re-imagined nachos have all the gooey goodness of the original dish, but are amped up with super veggie powers and are totally customizable.
Make Them Your Own
You'll see below that this isn't really a specific "recipe" but rather more than a concept, since I know that everyone has their own favorite nacho toppings. The sky is the limit with toppings, so do what makes you happy and smother those sprouts! You can create any combination of textures and flavors you desire, experimenting with sweet vs. heat, roasty vs. fresh, or creamy vs. crunchy.
Just remember to separate the toppings you want to cook from those you want to keep fresh. Cheese, salsa, beans, and most veggies can happily go in the oven and get warmed up. But keep your cilantro, avocado/guacamole, sour cream, and other fresh ingredients aside and add them just before serving.
This dish is really a crowd-pleaser. You can easily adjust the size and ingredients to cater to your crew. Romantic brussel sprout date for two? Go small. Super bowl party? Do a giant sheet pan. You could even split into two pans to accommodate different dietary needs.
Let's Talk Ingredients
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
Brussel sprouts. Of course! I'd assume 2-3 c per person for a meal (once you add in a bunch of toppings), or less than than for snacking. If you want to cook a bunch at once, split them between two sheet trays for better browning.
Oil of choice. Whatever you want to use for roasting.
Generous salt and pepper
Salsa of choice. I like to have some salsa on these brussel sprout nachos since the roasted sprouts happily soak up moisture. You don't have to worry about them getting soggy like chips do! Feel free to use red or verde, mild or hot; whatever you enjoy.
Cheese of choice. Use what you love, including a vegan version if desired. Or you can go no-cheese, and perhaps add some extra richness with something like refried beans.
Cookable toppings of choice. Any toppings you want to warm up will fall into this category. Think things like beans, fajita veggies, etc.
Fresh toppings of choice. Any toppings you want to stay cold and fresh. Think things like fresh cilantro, avocado, sour cream, etc. You'll add these at the end, just before serving.
These brussel sprout nachos are one of my favorite comfort food dishes to make. They're gooey and flavorful and so indulgent, but still full of good nutrition. A perfect meal when you want to spoil yourself but still treat your body well.
This is also a very nostalgic dish for me, since it's the namesake of this blog. I started making these nachos a couple years before I started this blog, and it quickly became one of my signature dishes. I think this dish really represents how I approach food. When I decided to start my own food blog (January of 2019!), I knew these nachos would be one of my first posts, and this knowledge inspired the name The Rogue Brussel Sprout.
Happy snacking! I hope you enjoy these as much as we have.
It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.
Nachos go brussel sprout style with this plant-filled, better-for-the-body remake of the classic. Load these perfectly roasted brussel sprouts with all your favorite nacho toppings. This is my favorite comfort food dish!