Delicious Syn Free Brussels Sprouts Gratin - shredded garlic sauteed Brussels, with the delicious flavours of smokey bacon and a golden melted parmesan cheese topping. A perfect side dish for the whole family.
Long gone are the days were the only time you were served Brussels sprouts were overboiled and bitter. It's no wonder most of us hated them as a child, right?
I was definitely in the hate category, I couldn't think of anything worse than some of those on my plate for dinner Christmas day. Not even a delicious gravy would discuss those things.
That was of course until I ventured into the world of cooking for myself, where I taught myself the best to cook certain foods. I by no means claim to be an expert or chef. I just try to create delicious home cooked meals that are suitable for the whole family.
The first time I actually enjoyed Brussels sprouts was actually raw in a salad. They add a lovely crunch and are a perfect substitute for regular green lettuce, which can tend to be a bit boring and uninspiring. I love salads with various different textures or crunch, sweet and savoury.
Not only raw in salads, but Brussels is also delicious just lightly sauteed with garlic and seasoning in a stir-fry.
They make a great side dish too with some mashed potatoes and a casserole or stew. I love these Sauteed Garlic Shredded Brussel Sprouts with this Perfect Syn Free Sweet Potato Mash and Slow Cooked Sweet Onion Braised Beef. It's one of my favourite comfort dishes and is lovely by the kids too.
So when planning Christmas dinner this year, I really wanted to go that little bit further than the usual sauteed Brussels Sprouts, something decadent that even the kids would enjoy and hopefully wouldn't put the kids off Brussels Sprouts for life.
The kids love bacon and that is just a definite addition to Brussels Sprouts on Christmas day, there is nothing that can beat that yummy smokiness of bacon with sauteed Brussel sprouts. But then I had the idea to add some cheese and well you know what came next. This AMAZING Syn Free Brussels Sprout Gratin with a delicious melted parmesan cheese topping - yum!!
This was seriously so good, that I could literally eat a dish of this Brussels Sprouts Gratin on its own. It's going to be a regular dish whenever Brussels Sprouts are available.
You may be wondering, hey it's not Christmas yet, why are you making this so early?
Let me confess to a little secret. I no longer cook a big dinner Christmas day. The last couple of years we have enjoyed a big cooked Christmas dinner either before or just after Christmas, that way it frees up Christmas day to enjoy it with the family and spend time with the kids.
I just found that cooking dinner Christmas day took up too much of my time cooking and then, of course, there is the mess afterwards, plus the kids are far too excited and really don't have much of an appetite either, so it just seems wasted to put all that effort in when they will enjoy it much more on another day.
Instead we now just had a platter of picky things, super quick to put out and clear up and much more enjoyable on Christmas day.
It's not something I plan to do forever, but while the kids are still young, it's what we prefer.
So we actually enjoyed this Brussels Sprouts Gratin two days ago with all the trimmings and boy was it amazing.
On the dinner plate was the following:
- Slow Cooked Chicken
- Syn Free Roast Potatoes
- 1 Syn Yorkshire Puddings
- Syn Free Gravy
- Maple Glazed Carrots (and Parsnips)
- Low Syn Sausage, Sage, Onion Quinoa Stuffing
and lastly the Brussels Sprouts Gratin - everyone's plate was cleared, in fact some went back for seconds.
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The bacon part of this dish is totally up to you, use some syn free bacon with fat removed, or if you want to treat yourself Christmas day, use some streaky bacon and syn it. It's Christmas after all and for the small amount you are adding to the top, the syns are not actually that bad when divided up.
The parmesan is part of your Healthy Extra A choice, so if you do use syn free bacon a serving of this Brussels Sprouts Gratin is syn free.
WHAT KITCHEN ITEMS DO I NEED TO MAKE THIS BRUSSELS SPROUTS GRATIN?
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Jug
- Chopping Board
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Wooden Spoon
- Frying Pan
- Oven Proof Dish
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Syn Free Brussels Sprouts Gratin | Slimming World
Yield 4 servings
This recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Extra Easy - ½ HEa per serving
- Green - ½ HEa per serving (omit bacon or use quorn/veggie bacon)
- SP/Original - ½ HEa per serving
- WW Smart Points - 3
- Vegetarian - use an Italian style hard cheese which is vegetarian-friendly
- 400g of Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- ¾ cup (180ml) of chicken or vegetable stock
- 60g of parmesan, grated *
- 3 slices of lean bacon, chopped
- spray oil
- salt and black pepper.
Preheat oven to 200c/400f (gas mark 6)
Spray a frying pan over a medium-high heat with spray oil, add the chopped bacon and frying until golden.
Remove and set aside.
Spray with a little more spray oil, add the sliced Brussels and saute just to slightly soften.
Add the garlic, stock and some salt and black pepper.
Saute until the stock reduces down and the Brussel Sprouts are lovely and glossy.
Add to an oven proof dish, sprinkle with the parmesan and cooked bacon and bake in the oven for approx 20 mins, parmesan should be melted and golden.
Nutritional information is an estimate and is to be used for informational purposes only.
Ingredients can vary greatly from brand to brand and therefore it would be impossible to give accurate information. Also, double-check syn values of synned ingredients as different brands can vary.
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Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.9 g
Saturated Fat 3.8 g
Cholesterol 11.9 mg
Sodium 531 mg
Total Carbohydrates 10.2 g
Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
Sugars 2.2 g
Protein 14.8 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.