Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Goat Cheese & Hot Honey

Brussels sprouts are simmered until tender, then smashed to increase their surface area before they're finished in the oven with a creamy layer of goat cheese and a drizzle of sweet hot honey. If you like an herby flavor, garnish them with chopped fresh rosemary just before serving.

Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Goat Cheese and Hot Honey
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
25 sprouts


  • 1 ½ pounds medium Brussels sprouts, trimmed

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 ½ ounces crumbled goat cheese

  • 2 tablespoons hot honey (see Tip)

  • Finely chopped fresh rosemary for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Fill a bowl with ice water.

  2. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add Brussels sprouts; reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until just tender when pierced with a skewer, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the Brussels sprouts and plunge them into the ice bath. Let stand until cool enough to handle, then transfer to a clean kitchen towel and pat dry.

  3. Spread the sprouts on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Space the sprouts evenly on the pan, then flatten them with the bottom of a mason jar or sturdy glass.

  4. Roast for 10 minutes. Flip the sprouts and top with goat cheese. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese has browned in spots, 3 to 5 minutes more. Drizzle with hot honey. Sprinkle with rosemary, if desired.


To make your own hot honey, heat 1/4 cup honey and 1 tsp. crushed red pepper in a small skillet over medium heat until the honey is loosened and bubbles form on the edges. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 tsp. cider vinegar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

215 Calories
11g Fat
24g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 6 sprouts each
Calories 215
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 13g
Added Sugars 9g 18%
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Vitamin A 1466IU 29%
Vitamin C 145mg 161%
Vitamin D 3IU 1%
Vitamin E 3mg 18%
Folate 106mcg 27%
Vitamin K 302mcg 252%
Sodium 270mg 12%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 42mg 10%
Potassium 674mg 14%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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