Brussels sprouts au gratin is a simple side dish with creamy texture and cheesy flavor! It’s packed with nutrients like protein, fiber and more. The side dish is made without bread crumbs and is lower carb.
Today I’m excited to introduce you to one of my favorite side dish recipes. This recipe is always on my Thanksgiving day menu because it combines one of my favorite vegetables with creamy sauce made from fairlife ultra-filtered whole milk. Made without bread crumbs, the recipe is lower carb than other traditional brussels sprout au gratin. The chopped bacon is a crunchy alternative to standard bread crumbs, but you can omit the bacon, if desired. Thanks to the fairlife ultra-filtered whole milk, the recipe is also lower in sugar than other recipes.
Just in time for your Thanksgiving meal prep, I’m back with another delectable recipe that incorporates fairlife ultra-filtered milk. By now, you probably already know how much I love fairlife ultra-filtered milk, because it’s delicious, plus it has 50% more protein and 50% less sugar than regular milk. I find any excuse to enjoy it with every meal. And this Thanksgiving, brussels sprouts au gratin will be on my menu yet again.
How do you make Brussels sprouts au gratin?
Combine a few simple ingredients including brussels sprouts, bacon, onion, garlic, thyme, nutmeg, cheese and fairlife ultra-filtered whole milk to make this brussels sprout casserole. Blanch the brussels sprouts in boiling water, fry bacon and then cook the creamy sauce. To make the sauce, whisk together the shallots, garlic, flour, milk and some of the cheese. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish, top with remaining cheese and bake for about 25 minutes.
To help answer some of the questions I received about fairlife milk, I created some tips and a few questions and answers below.
Tips for using fairlife milk
Can you substitute heavy cream for milk?
Yes! You can almost always substitute heavy cream for milk. For recipes that call for heavy creamy, use whole milk instead. And for savory dishes like macaroni and cheese, you can also use 2% or 1% milk, but the result will not be as creamy as if you use whole milk. For baked or sweet recipes, I recommend using whole milk instead of heavy cream.
What can you make with milk?
You can never buy too much milk. I always have at least two or three containers of fairlife ultra-filtered milk in my refrigerator at all times. The milk is not only great for drinking with meals or enjoy as a snack, but it is also great to cook in recipes like Apple Cinnamon Pecan Baked Oatmeal, Sausage Spinach and Feta Egg Bake, and more. You can add fairlife ultra-filtered milk to any recipe that calls for milk. Adding fairlife ultra-filtered milk to recipes creates a creamy texture and more flavor. Plus, you can enjoy the product’s nutritional benefits like more protein and calcium!
Is fairlife ultra-filtered milk real milk?
Absolutely, fairlife ultra-filtered milk is 100% real cow’s milk. The chocolate milk has cocoa and a sweetener but it still has much less sugar than other chocolate milk.
Why is it called ultra-filtered milk?
They say it’s “ultra-filtered milk” because the milk is cold-filtered to remove the lactose and sugars, while concentrating the nutrients and minerals naturally found in cow’s milk, like protein and calcium. This is how they’re able to deliver a high-quality milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular milk for you to buy at your local grocery store.
How long does fairlife milk last?
Unopened, fairlife milk last 3x longer than regular milk. After opening, its shelf life is the same as ordinary milk (about 14 days when refrigerated).
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If you want to learn more about fairlife ultra-filtered milk and their unique cold filtration process, visit fairlife.com. Check out more great recipes featuring fairlife milk and then try this Brussels sprouts au gratin!
Thanksgiving side dish recipes:
- One Pot Mac & Cheese with Veggies
- Garlic Chive Mashed Red Potatoes
- Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole
- Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger
- Roasted Sweet Potato, Beet, Apple and Quinoa Salad
You can replace the milk or heavy cream in any of the recipes above with fairlife ultra-filtered milk!
Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin
Brussels sprouts au gratin is a simple side dish with creamy texture and cheesy flavor! It's packed with nutrients like protein, fiber and more. The side dish is perfect for the holidays or any time of the year.
- 2 pounds brussels sprouts, halved
- 4 slices bacon
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 3 shallots, thinly sliced (or 1/2 onion)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 cup fiarlife ultra-filtered whole milk
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- pinch nutmeg
- 1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter or spray with oil an 8x12 casserole dish and set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch the halved brussels sprouts for 3 to 5 minutes, until just barely tender. Remove from pot, drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
Fry bacon until crispy, 8-10 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate. Chop when cool to the touch.
Add the shallots to the bacon grease and sauté 4 to 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in the flour and whisk for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the milk and stir until well incorporated. Cook over medium low heat for several minutes, stirring, until the sauce thickens and coats the back of your spoon. Add salt, fresh thyme, and nutmeg.
Add cheddar jack cheese to the sauce and stir until melted and incorporated. Add half of the cooked bacon back to the sauce. Season to taste.
Stir the Brussels sprouts into the cheese sauce, and then transfer them to the casserole dish. Sprinkle with the remaining bacon and Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until browned and bubbling.
*You can also use fairlife 2% or 1% milk, however I recommend the whole milk for the creamiest consistency.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 190, Fat: 9.9g, Saturated Fat: 4.7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 20.7mg, Sodium: 601.6mg, Potassium: 613.5mg, Carbohydrates: 17.3g, Fiber: 5.8g, Sugar: 3.7g, Protein: 11.7g
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