Brussel Sprouts Gratin & a Le Creuset Giveaway [closed]

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I’m so glad that brussel sprouts are FINALLY getting their time in the spotlight. I feel like they’ve been the runner up in the veggie world for decades and now are finally getting their time to shine. Almost every pin I see these days has these sexy little sprouts front and center. Even though brussel sprouts are “so trendy right now” that’s not why I make them. I’ve loved these little cabbages since I was a wee little tot. Another wave of sad news for my family and sub zero temperatures had me craving a casserole and what better casserole than a brussel sprouts gratin?

brussel sprout gratin

A cozy little casserole filled with roasted brussel sprouts, a thick and creamy sauce and tons of crispy, crunchy homemade croutons. It’s everything I love in this world rolled up into one perfect dish.

Light brussel sprout gratin

This is one of those dishes that could win you a spot on a cooking show. I know, sounds uber cocky and know I don’t mean it that way. It’s just SO JAM PACKED with homey, comforting flavors, it’s hard not to melt from the insides when you’re eating it. In a purely figurative way of course, actual melting from the insides would be cause for concern and I’d highly recommend you stop eating and seek help from a medical doctor.

brussel sprout casserole

It’s simple, but so absolutely heart warming. When I eat it, I feel like Ego in Ratatouille when he takes that first bite of Remy’s ratatouille. His mind takes him back to his childhood, when after a rough day his mom gave him a giant bowl of cozy, warm ratatouille and he instantly smiles. That is what happens when you take a bite of this brussel sprouts gratin. You’re immediately transplanted back to age 12, after you’ve had a rough day with some mean bullies who called you thunder thighs. You come in the door, face wet with tears and plop down at the kitchen table. Your mom, who somehow knows everything, gives you a big bowl of your favorite dish and kisses your forehead. Then, like magic, everything is fine.  Food truly is magical though, isn’t it?

To help you all remember and recreate those moments of your childhood with your mom’s famous casserole, Le Creuset and I are giving ONE LUCKY reader a set of those beautiful Le Creuset mini oval cocottes you see housing my brussel sprouts gratin. That’s right, you’ll win 4 of those, in one of the 7 gorgeous colors they have available. To enter, skip below past the recipe and fill out the steps!

Brussel Sprouts Gratin

brussel sprouts casserole

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Serves 2. Recipe adapted from Eating Well.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • About 2 1/2 cups of brussel sprouts, halved
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Dash of salt
  • Pepper
  • About 1/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Homemade croutons or bread crumbs

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place brussel sprouts on a baking sheet and sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast for about 15 – 22 minutes, or until golden brown and soft to the touch. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, make sauce by heating the remaining olive oil in a skillet. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent  about 3 minutes. Add flour, salt and pepper and heat another minute. Add the milk and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook until mixture is thick, about 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese.
  3. Lightly crease two Le Creuset mini oval cocottes with oil. Layer 1/2 of the brussel sprouts on the bottom. Top the sprouts with the sauce. Top the sauce with the rest of the brussel sprouts. Sprinkle the tops of the brussel sprouts with breadcrumbs or croutons and additional parmesan cheese.
  4. Turn oven on to broil. Broil brussel sprouts for about 3 – 5 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly and top is golden.

Nutritional information per serving: 

Calories: 300 
Fat: 12 grams
Carbohydrates: 25 grams
Fiber: 6 grams
Protein: 14.5 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 7

NOW, for the giveaway! Simply enter the prompts below for your chance to win 4 fabulous Le Creuset oval cocottes! Giveaway ends on Friday, March 1st at midnight and is only open to US Residents. GOOD LUCK! *NOTE. You have 48 hours to claim a prize. If you do not respond to the email you receive, you will forfeit the winnings for a new winner.

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  1. Posted by Kelsey on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Go to comfort food dish: Mac n Cheese!
  2. Posted by Malerie C. on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Mac N Cheese = comfort food!
  3. Posted by Christie on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Go to comfort Chicken & Biscuits. I could make individual ones in those.
  4. Posted by Christina on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    that sounds delicious! I love how easy and healthy your recipes are!
  5. Posted by heidi s. on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    looks delicious!
  6. Posted by sue v on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    mashed potatoes
  7. Posted by jodie on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Go to comfort dish definitely home made mac n cheese.
  8. Posted by Jennifer Gerry on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Tomato soup or fried egg sandwich!
  9. Posted by Annie on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    My favorite comfort food is actually spaghetti with meat sauce. We ate it a lot as kids and I always have the ingredients on hand to make it. It can be made quickly or Ivan stick it in a slow cooker for the day.
  10. Posted by Kim in RI on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    homemade mac and cheese is my favorite comfort food, next to pot roast and potatoes :-)
  11. Posted by Ashley Cochrane on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    My favorite comfort go to dish is homemade tomato bisque. Nothing beats homemade soup!
  12. Posted by B. on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Go To Comfort food - almost any creamy soup and crusty bread!
  13. Posted by Jen on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    my go-to comfort dish is definitely mac and cheese!
  14. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I have been wanting to try brussel sprout au gratin. Most have too much cheese, this one looks light and healthy.
  15. Posted by ashley on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    oh god i will totally be making these soon. they look SO good!
  16. Posted by Sharon Siegel Sinder on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Mashed potatoes are my fave comfort food! I could eat them by the bowlful!
  17. Posted by Lindsey Hanks on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Chicken and Dumplings are my favorite got to comfort food!
  18. Posted by Melissa on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Pastas comfort food for me!
  19. Posted by Kate on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Cheesy potatoes!!
  20. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I adore brussel sprouts. This dish looks amazing! As for my favorite comfort food, it's probably chicken and dumplings with lots of veggies! :)
  21. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Gorgeous! Hail to brussels sprouts and all their glory--they definitely deserve some recognition!
  22. Posted by Katie Teixeira on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Chicken and mushrooms over rice or quinoa :)
  23. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Love love love Brussels. This looks so good!
  24. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Love love love Brussels. This looks so good!
  25. Posted by Becky B on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Looks like this might be true for quite a few other people as well, but my favorite comfort food will always be Mac 'n Cheese!
  26. Posted by Bronwen on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    My fave comfort food is probably mac n cheese or chili!!
  27. Posted by Lisa Grimaldi on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Mac and cheese is a great comfort food!
  28. Posted by Kelly on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    My go to comfort food is either mac and cheese or homemade tomato soup + grilled cheese! cheese all around!
  29. Posted by Brittany on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I love Mac n cheese!
  30. Posted by Buffy on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    So many comfort foods i love but veggie pot pie would be great in these beautiful cocoettes!
  31. Posted by Carolyn on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Nothing better than some extra cheesy mac & cheese for comfort food!
  32. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Our go to comfort food is usually some kind of pasta dish!
  33. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I love this so much! best side dish ever.
  34. Posted by Nutmeg Nanny on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I'm obsessed with Brussels sprouts. I eat them all the time. The last time I went to Trader Joe's I bought 6 bags of their shaved Brussels sprouts.

    My go-to comfort food is probably fresh bread with lots of sod salted butter. It always makes me feel so warm and cozy :) Such a fun giveaway!!!
  35. Posted by Sandy on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    My comfort food is warm tapioca pudding
  36. Posted by Cassidy on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    My favorite comfort food is spaghetti. I don't know why, it just always hits the spot.
  37. Posted by Angel on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Tomato soup and grilled cheese !! This recipe looks so good !
  38. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I love gratins! So comforting and I love the broiled topping.
  39. Posted by Kchu on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Can't wait to try this, nice spin on roasted Brussels sprouts!
  40. Posted by Sue on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Cannot wait to try the babies! We love Brussels sprouts!
  41. Posted by Britt Blomqist on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I love Brussels Sprouts! This recipe looks great, I also love them with a little sweet thai chili sauce. As far as that memorable comfort food goes, it has to be my mother's homemade Mac and cheese, it's my go to bad day comfort food.
  42. Posted by Jodi @GarlicGirl on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    OK, love Brussels sprouts and love Le Creuset. This is why I'm commenting!!
  43. Posted by Michelle S. on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    My go to comfort food is chicken and dumplings.
  44. Posted by Liz St. Clair on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Mac-n-cheese is my fav comfort food
  45. Posted by Linda S. on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    corn pudding, or scalloped potatoes
  46. Posted by iamchanelle on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    oh this look SO delicious! we usually roast brussels and red onions in the pizza oven, but oh this sounds so tasty.
    comfort food for me: soba noodles in teriyaki sauce. :)

    cheers!
  47. Posted by Katie on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Chicken pot pie! I could make individual ones with these, too!
  48. Posted by nancy (@futurowoman) on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Wow, that looks amazing--I have to make it soon! My fave comfort foods are my grandmother's recipe for homemade mac and cheese...I love it, esp. on a cold day. Thank you for this recipe and great giveaway!
  49. Posted by lindsey on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    apple crisp!
  50. Posted by melanie on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    My favorite food combo for comfort food is soup with freshly baked bread.
  51. Posted by Jessica on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I've actually never tries brussel sprouts but this looks good. May have to try this.
  52. Posted by Aimee M on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    This might sound weird, but my go-to comfort food is pizza! Cheesy goodness..gets me every time.
  53. Posted by Amanda on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    My comfort food is always breakfast food pancakes or french toast
  54. Posted by Brandi S. on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    My favorite comfort food is Sweet Potato Casserole!
  55. Posted by jeanne on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    definitely sweet potato and black bean chilli!
  56. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I have this hope in the back of my head that brussel sprouts taste like mini heads of lettuce lol
  57. Posted by Liz on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    My go to comfort food dish is rice and beans!
  58. Posted by Denene on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
  59. Posted by Leslie on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I too like casseroles when only comfort food will do. I love mac and cheese, but amped up with four kinds of tangy, tasty cheese and a surprise addition, like a good beer in the sauce! Yummo!
  60. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    My go-to comfort dish... good question. Probably melty chocolate, in all honesty (because I have an unreal sweet tooth) but if we're talking about savory, it would probably be chili or lasagna
  61. Posted by meredith on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    mac and cheese!
  62. Posted by Melanie on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    lasagna with buttery garlic bread!
  63. Posted by Melanie on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I'm not sure! I'd just be excited to win!
  64. Posted by dana on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    my moms matzoh ball soup!!
  65. Posted by Megan P. on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Go to comfort food is definitely lasagna. Yum!
  66. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    This looks so good! I'm picky about Brussels sprouts.

    I think my favorite comfort food is mac and cheese!
  67. Posted by Alicia on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    My go to comfort dish: roasted vegetables with parmesan cheese and herbs!
  68. Posted by Jennie on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    I think my favorite go-to comfort food dish is probably lasagna, the way my mom makes it.
  69. Posted by Cristina on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    That looks deliscious!!
  70. Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    I loveee Le Creuset - we received a bunch of pots as wedding gifts! These would be great for individual portions of pot pie or stew :)
  71. Posted by Julie on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    I love grilled cheese and tomato soup.
  72. Posted by Karen Lawrence on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    Mac and cheese
  73. Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    Go to comfort food dish? Hmmm, chicken noodle soup! It's my favorite!
  74. Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    I've also loved Brussels sprouts since I was a (slightly weird) kid. :)
  75. Posted by Corisa on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    mac and cheese all the way!
  76. Posted by Debbi R on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    Mac and cheese
  77. Posted by Natalie S on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    My go to comfort meal is homemade lasagna!
  78. Posted by Jessie C. on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    chicken noodle soup
  79. Posted by Megan on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    My go to comfort food is chicken pot pie and bread pudding for dessert!
  80. Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    go to comfort food? Mac n cheese baby. . or if I am feeling under the weather, some kind of Korean soup or stew
  81. Posted by Elena on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    Beef and Barley Stew
  82. Posted by Jennifer Frasier on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    My comfort food is fresh ramen made extra spicy.
  83. Posted by Lauren on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    chicken pot pie :)
  84. Posted by Camara on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    My go-to comfort food dish is cheesy grits! I'm actually eating some right now with a fried egg on top. So good!
  85. Posted by Robin on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    This looks amazing! My go-to comfort dish is pasta and meatballs, but this looks much better!
  86. Posted by Kara D on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    I love baked pasta dishes.
  87. Posted by Katie on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    My favorite comfort food is definitely my Mom's chicken noodle soup, so simple but delicious (and Saltines are a must haha!!) Fantastic giveaway;)
  88. Posted by Amanda on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    My go to comfort food is gooey, underbaked brownies...dessert counts right? That's if I don't devour the bowl of batter first...
  89. Posted by Kathy O on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    Looks Delicious!
  90. Posted by Sarah H.P. on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    My go-to comfort food is potato soup with dumplings!
  91. Posted by jacquie on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    graham crackers w/ pb.

    i'm a brussel sprout lover too. where did you find such great looking sprouts this time of year that didn't cost an arm and a leg? i would try this dish if i could locate some ....
  92. Posted by Priscilla P on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    Mac and cheese!! Growing up with an Asian family, it was never a common dish so it's kind of like a comforting delicacy to me!
  93. Posted by sarah on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    my go-to dish is mushroom noodle stroganoff, made with cream of mushroom soup.
  94. Posted by Shelly on
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
    Chicken & dumplings!
  95. Posted by Danielle on
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    Breakfast foods! Potatoes, eggs, cinnamon rolls, pancakes! Yum.
  96. Posted by Khanh on
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    My go to comfort food is pretty much anything my mom makes! But since she lives far away, that means I have to settle for recreating home style Vietnamese dishes on my own. But if I had to pick just one dish...pork belly and egg braise!
  97. Posted by Lisa on
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    Mac N Cheese!
  98. Posted by tara on
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    brussels sprouts are my fave - that dish looks so awesome!
  99. Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    mm Ive always loves brussels too! Always looking for a new way to make them! YUM! My favorite comfort dish? Pot Roast..always..makes me feel so cozy and warm!
  100. Posted by bbstx on
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    favorite comfort food = pimento cheese and bacon mac and cheese
  101. Posted by Julie on
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    love mac and cheese thanks for the giveaway
  102. Posted by Meghan Finley on
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    mashed potatoes
  103. Posted by Hanna on
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    Zucchini casserole! It looks gross, but tastes like home :)
  104. Posted by Kylie S. on
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    Buffalo chicken mac n' cheese!
  105. Posted by Tracie Trump on
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    go to comfort food is roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, my fb is Michelle Trump and my email is tracietrump@yahoo.com
  106. Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    These brussels sprouts look amazing - I love them all caramelized and roasted!
    Comfort food = pasta with meatsauce
  107. Posted by Kate on
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    I LOVE brussel sprouts and this looks so yummy! Definitely need to make this!
  108. Posted by Kate on
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    my go-to comfort food is pasta or mac and cheese!
  109. Monday, February 25th, 2013
    My go-to comfort food dish is definitely Indian food!
  110. Posted by Bree {Skinny Mommy} on
    Monday, February 25th, 2013
    This looks so great I bet my brussel sprout hating husband would even eat it!
  111. Posted by Megan on
    Monday, February 25th, 2013
    Chicken pot pie and chewy chocolate chip cookies!
  112. Posted by brooke on
    Monday, February 25th, 2013
    love love love brussel sprouts this looks so good
  113. Posted by Maya on
    Monday, February 25th, 2013
    Favorite comfort food is definitely mac and cheese.
  114. Posted by MaryB on
    Monday, February 25th, 2013
    Love chicken and dumplings or mashed potatoes for comfort food but mac and cheese is right up there, too.
  115. Posted by michelle on
    Monday, February 25th, 2013
    Ultimate comfort food= mac N cheese!
  116. Posted by Carol S. on
    Monday, February 25th, 2013
    For comfort food I love homemade meatloaf with a nice side of freshly made mashed potatoes and gravy!
  117. Posted by Gina on
    Monday, February 25th, 2013
    All time favorite comfort food is a tie. Mac and cheese and meatloaf. Yum!
  118. Posted by karen on
    Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
    Split pea soup is my go to comfort food.
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  119. Posted by Stephanie on
    Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
    My go-to comfort food would be my grandpa's recipe for spaghetti sauce. Nothing makes me feel better than that.
  120. Posted by Cassandra on
    Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
    My go-to comfort food is definitely the classic Mac & Cheese.
  121. Posted by Meghan on
    Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
    As a New Englander at heart I love bagels and tea as my go to comfort food.
  122. Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
    Mine is chicken and rice casserole!
  123. Posted by barbara n on
    Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
    My go-to comfort food dish is mashed potatoes and meatloaf
  124. Posted by betsy on
    Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
    can not wait to try this recipe!
  125. Posted by Penelope on
    Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
    My go to comfort food is chili, but if I won these the first thing I'd make is French onion soup!
  126. Posted by Nanette on
    Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
    I love brussel sprouts! My go to comfort food recipe with brussel sprouts is just tossed in olive oil, a little bit of molasses and some sea salt roasted in the oven for 30 minutes at 375. Love it!
  127. Posted by Jeffrey on
    Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
    Mac and Cheese!
  128. Posted by Nina @ Sweating It on
    Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
    I'm obsessed with brussel sprouts! Can't wait to try this!
  129. Posted by Audrey on
    Thursday, February 28th, 2013
    Hmm, maybe soup.
  130. Posted by Jennifer W on
    Thursday, February 28th, 2013
    This looks delicious!
  131. Posted by Susan DeVaux on
    Thursday, February 28th, 2013
    Mac and cheese-always!
  132. Posted by Karen on
    Thursday, February 28th, 2013
    Ice Cream and cookies hot from the oven.
  133. Posted by Maureen on
    Thursday, February 28th, 2013
    Go to comfort food - Mac N Cheese!
  134. Posted by sue on
    Saturday, February 15th, 2014
    you forgot to mention the minced grlic.