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This boldly-flavored brussels sprouts pizza features roasted brussels sprouts, caramelized onions, and blue cheese. It's baked until it's golden and crispy, then finished with a sweet balsamic glaze. It's surprisingly delicious, it's easy to make, and it's ready in under an hour!
Brussels sprouts lovers rejoice. We're sharing yet another recipe that showcases how delicious (and versatile) these humble sprouts can be!
We know that brussels sprouts on pizza might seem like an odd ingredient, but with the other flavors, it just totally works!
The golden brown crispy sprouts are layered with sweet caramelized red onions, then dotted with salty, sharp blue cheese. Then, it's all finished off with a tangy and sweet balsamic glaze.
This is the pizza we make in the depths of winter when we want something comforting and delicious, that's also quick and easy. Since we always find ourselves with heaps of extra brussels sprouts around Thanksgiving and Christmas, that's when we often make it. It's always a welcome change from the usual fall fare.
It's definitely an adult pizza, so you won't have to share this one with hungry kiddos (unless your kid is a unicorn, which is awesome except that you'll have to share). Enjoy it as a weeknight meal or slice it small and serve it as an appetizer.
Brussels sprouts pizza ingredients
This pizza is the perfect way to use up leftover brussels sprouts! Here are all the ingredients you need to make this pizza with brussels sprouts:
- Pizza crusts – we use our favorite homemade pizza dough recipe, but if you haven't ventured into pizza dough-making, take a shortcut and use store-bought pizza dough. Use gluten-free, if needed.
- Brussels sprouts – we cut them in half and roast them so they're tender before adding them to the pizza.
- Olive oil – for coating the brussels sprouts so they cook evenly.
- Red onion – when red onions are caramelized, they become sweet and complex.
- Sugar – just a sprinkle of sugar helps the onions caramelize.
- Parmesan cheese and blue cheese – for lots of bold, salty, cheesy flavor. Not a fan of blue cheese? Feel free to swap it for goat cheese, feta cheese, or another cheese you love.
- Balsamic glaze – not only does the sweet and tangy balsamic glaze bring everything together, but it also takes this pizza to the next level!
Is there pizza sauce in this recipe?
Nope! While it might seem odd, making a pizza without traditional pizza sauce is delicious. We drizzle the dough in olive oil and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. It gives plenty of flavor so you won't even miss the sauce!
How to make brussels sprouts pizza
This brussels sprouts pizza is perfect for weeknight dinners, laid-back gatherings, or even as an appetizer. Here's how we make it in a few simple steps:
- Slice the brussels sprouts, toss them with oil, and roast them in the oven until they're tender and crispy.
- Make the caramelized onions by sautéing them slowly, then sprinkling them with sugar when they're soft. They're done when they turn a golden caramel color.
- Now it's pizza making time! Lay out the dough on your pizza pan, drizzle it with olive oil, and sprinkle on some parmesan cheese. Top with the caramelized onions, brussels sprouts, and some crumbled blue cheese.
- Bake your pizza until the cheese is melty and the crust is golden brown. Drizzle on some balsamic glaze, and sprinkle with minced parsley. Serve it with a bit of freshly ground pepper or red pepper flakes if you'd like. Yum!
How long do leftovers keep in the fridge?
Store any leftovers in your fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. It tastes delicious cold or warm for lunch the next day!
How do I reheat leftover pizza?
Reheat any leftover pizza in your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes, until the cheese begins to melt.
Can I make my own balsamic glaze?
Yes, balsamic glaze is really easy to make and you only need balsamic vinegar. Simmer the balsamic vinegar until it becomes thick and sticky, like a glaze. Just remember that it will thicken as it cools! Remove the pan from the heat and then transfer it into a container once it cools. That's it!
What to serve with brussels sprouts pizza
This brussels sprouts pizza is delicious on its own, or with a simple spring mix salad or a caesar salad with our easy caesar dressing. For a non-vegetarian version of this pizza, try it with crispy pancetta or bacon for added flavor and protein.
More delicious brussels sprouts recipes
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the brussels sprouts with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and toast them for 15 minutes.1 lb brussels sprouts
- While the brussels are roasting, prepare the caramelized onions. Add the red onion plus the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Let the onions cook until they are soft, then lower the heat to medium-low, sprinkle a pinch of sugar over the top, and let the onions caramelize for another 5 minutes.1 large red onion, 1 pinch sugar
- Arrange the pizza dough onto baking sheets or a pizza pan. Drizzle the top of the crust with olive oil then sprinkle the parmesan cheese over top. Add the onions and brussels sprouts then dot with blue cheese.2 pizza crusts, ½ cup parmesan cheese, 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
- Bake the pizza for 12-15 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the crust is cooked. Serve the pizza with a little parsley on top and drizzled with balsamic glaze. If you'd like, you can add a little more blue cheese before serving.Balsamic glaze and Italian parsley
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