Cooper Cheese Brussels Sprout and Bacon Casserole

Slice Slice SLICE 8-10 8-10 SERVES: 8-10

Remember when you were a kid and you were like, “Brussels sprouts?! Yuck!” How did that happen? Because it turns out Brussels sprouts can be downright delicious. Especially if you combine them with, let’s say, Cooper Cheese. And Bacon. Which is exactly what we did with this recipe. So, if you want to spare your kids from the sad reality of Brussels sprout deprivation, go ahead and make this. And, pro tip: when you tell them what’s for dinner, maybe lead with the Cooper Cheese and bacon.

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved
1/2 pound bacon, crumbled
15 slices Cooper Sharp White or Black Pepper cheese, chopped
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Toss Brussels sprouts in olive oil and season generously with kosher salt and pepper. Place them in a large baking dish and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until semi-softened.

While Brussels sprouts are roasting, in a medium skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Drain off fat. Add garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes, being careful not to burn the bacon.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Stir in Cooper Cheese and thyme.

Remove Brussels sprouts from the oven and add half of the bacon and garlic to the baking dish. Top with milk and Cooper Cheese mixture, then add the remaining bacon and garlic.

Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

Return the baking dish to the oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven when the top begins to brown nicely.

Let your casserole cool before serving. While you wait, why not expound upon the deliciousness of the humble Brussels sprout for your family, so they’ll never be afraid of them again. Then serve and enjoy!