Brussels Sprout Hash

Brussels sprout hash is a smoky, savory, versatile side dish. Topped with crispy, plant-based coconut bacon!

Two side plates of Brussels sprout hash, each topped with vegan coconut bacon.

Ambitious centerpieces are fun. But at the end of the day, Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes. I’m sharing some of my favorites this year. Including this smoky, savory, plant-based Brussels sprout hash.

Smoky, savory—and simple. I think that side dishes should be low-stress, and this one really is. If you can find pre-sliced Brussels sprouts, so much the better!

How to shave Brussels sprouts

Shaved Brussels sprout are the star of this Brussels sprout hash. There are a few ways to shave Brussels sprouts at home.

The first is to use a good mandoline or food slicer. I have this food slicer, which is a splurge, but it’s one of my most used kitchen tools. I rely on it constantly.

You can also use a food processor fitted with the slicer blade, if you have one.

Finally, you can simply shave your Brussels sprouts by hand! Use a very sharp knife, and be sure to work carefully. This video gives good instructions.

A white serving plate is topped with shaved Brussels sprout and a vegan bacon, which is made from seasoned coconut flakes.

My favorite coconut bacon

The Brussels sprout hash is really nice on its own. However, a generous topping of vegan bacon certainly doesn’t hurt. And it lends some texture contrast and crunch to the dish.

There are many ways to create vegan “bacon.” Tempeh bacon (aka smoky tempeh strips) is one of my all-time favorites. I’m also a big fan of seitan bacon (SweetEarth’s Benevolent Bacon is my number one!).

Vegan “bacon” doesn’t need to be made with a plant-protein, though. There are some vegetables that do the job well, including eggplant. Mushroom bacon is another good option.

And as you can see, coconut is also up to the task.

My coconut bacon can be prepared well in advance. That said, it’s a quick cooking recipe, so there’s no need to plan (too far) ahead. If you decide to cook the coconut bacon along with the Brussels sprouts, it needs only 13-15 minutes in the oven.

This means that you can prepare the “bacon” while the sprouts are being cooked. Win, win.

Brussels sprout hash seasonings

The seasonings in this Brussels sprout hash are very simple. Really, they’re just maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and smoked paprika.

Smoked paprika

Smoked paprika (or pimenton) is my favorite ingredient for adding smoky flavor to plant-based dishes. It’s easy to store, and a little goes a long way, so it’s also an economical way to create smokiness in recipes.

If you don’t have smoked paprika on hand, you can try using liquid smoke instead. I think Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is a little smoky, too. And if all else fails, you can simply substitute sweet paprika for smoked.

A little smoked paprika goes a long way. You’ll see that this recipe only calls for a quarter teaspoon. Feel free to add some extra if you’re craving more smoky flavor!

Maple syrup

A touch of maple syrup goes a long way in balancing some of the smokiness and saltiness of the Brussels sprout hash. I think maple syrup is the best sweetener to use in this recipe, flavor-wise. But a pinch of brown sugar or coconut nectar would also work well!

Apple cider vinegar

The hash has lots of different tastes in one place. It’s smoky, salty, a tiny bit sweet, and very savory. Thanks to a tiny splash of apple cider vinegar, it’s also got a touch of acid and tartness. Feel free to substitute white vinegar for ACV if you need to.

Serving Brussels sprout hash

Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving this coming week or not, the Brussels sprout hash makes an awesome, all-purpose side dish for fall.

I’ve been serving it with cooked grits or polenta (similar to this breakfast, which I love), tossing it into salads, and serving it as a quick green side at dinnertime. I love scooping it onto baked sweet potatoes, too. It’s so good.

If you like, you can add some other vegetables to the hash, like celery, carrot, broccoli stems, or leafy greens. And you can also use leeks in place of the onion, or a combination of leeks and shallots. Like most hash recipes, this one is easygoing.

More holiday side dishes

If you’d like to offer up the Brussels sprout has along with one or two other side dishes, here are some of my favorites:

A plant-based side dish is laid out on a white serving plate and rests on a gray linen tablecloth.
Two side plates of Brussels sprout hash, each topped with vegan coconut bacon.
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Brussels Sprout Hash with Coconut Bacon

Author – Gena Hamshaw
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed and shaved
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 coconut bacon (substitute another plant-based bacon of choice)

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion. Saute for 4-5 minutes, or until the onion is just clear. Add the brussels sprouts and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the sprouts are bright green and tender.
  • Whisk together the smoked paprika, vinegar, and maple syrup, then add them to the pan. Continue cooking for another minute or two. Stir in the coconut bacon, then taste the hash and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve.

Notes

Coconut bacon can be prepared up to two weeks in advanced and stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Leftover hash will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Several small, white side plates are topped with a plant-based hash, made with shaved Brussels sprouts.

Roasted Brussels sprouts are a traditional Thanksgiving choice. I love oven-roasted sprouts, too. But I’m happy to have a new way to prepare one of my favorite crucifers.

I hope you enjoy the hash recipe!

xo

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    8 Comments
  1. I actually just made a brussel sprout has just the other day with that handy bag of shredded sprouts from trader joe’s, a chopped up sweet potato and sunflower seeds.
    This version looks fantastic, i have a great spanish pimentón that will be perfect!

  2. Gena–Thank you! I am so excited about this! I love this approach to brussels sprouts. I’d like to try the shitake bacon, too! (and the quinoa salad it originally goes with. . .) Going to pass this on to my daughter-in-law as well. . .Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!! xoxo

  3. Coconut bacon has been on my list of things to try for a while and I’ll have to try your version. I’ll bet it add such great texture and flavor to this hash! Lucky family to have you prepare all of the thanksgiving sides. 🙂