Ah, the humble sprout. When you were a child it was unlikely to be high on your list of favourite Christmassy food – why would you choose a weird green vegetable when there was stuffing and Christmas pud to be had?

But now we’re all a bit older and wiser we have come to the realisation that yes, Brussels sprouts are freaking delicious. In fact, they are the underdog of the Christmas meal – the Leicester City that will go on to win the Premier League.

Shred it, roast it, fry it, stuff it – the options of what you can do with sprouts are endless.

Don’t believe us? Here are some recipes that will truly make your Brussels sprouts sexy, and the undoubted hero of your festive meal.

Jazz them up with bacon

If you’re not catering for a vegetarian audience, everyone will love this recipe for maple roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon. Literally none of those things could go wrong.

Add cheese, because everyone loves cheese

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You know it, we know it: cheese goes with everything. Which is why this recipe is a total winner, because it adds not one, not two, but THREE different types of cheese. Delicious.

Adding fruit might seem mad, but this cranberry recipe sure is sassy

This recipe adds cranberries, just to make your life that bit more festive. Which is what we all search for, isn’t it?

Nuts will add the crunch your sprouts need

Pecans add the festive crunch that we all want in this recipe, and the repeat offender of bacon is a delicious optional addition.

Don’t add anything to these sprouts: make them into chips!

Why not transform your sprouts into a delightful snack or nibbles to go with your mulled wine? These crisps will do just the trick.

Sprouts + pizza = perfection

Brussels sprouts? On a pizza?! It will revolutionise your life. Don’t shun your sprouts to a side dish, why not make them the star of the show.

Brussels sprouts in fried rice is the Asian twist you were looking for

This recipe will help you own the leftovers game, making your sprouts sing for days.

Begone boring sprouts, because you can make them into sliders

Yep, you read that right. Brussels sprouts are transformed into sliders in this recipe. Add halloumi and prepare to wow your guests. Or just eat them yourselves: no judgment.

And this is just the beginning of your sprout-based culinary adventure, proving that they aren’t just for Christmas. You’re welcome.