One of my favorite Thanksgiving appetizers is a simple plate filled with fresh veggies and a bowl of creamy dill dip. But do you know what tastes even better with dill dip than carrot and celery sticks? Steamed and chilled brussels sprouts!
It might seem a bit unusual to add steamed Brussels sprouts to a crudité platter, but they are really delicious served with a fresh dill dip or ranch dip. In my family, the steamed Brussels sprouts are one of the first things to disappear from the appetizer table (along with the deviled eggs, of course).
Dilly dip can be made with dried dill, fresh dill or a combination of the two. While the recipes floating around my family rely on dried dill and sometimes a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch, I like to add some fresh dill when it’s available. Chopped Italian parsley is another great addition that adds a nice fresh flavor to the dip.
If you don’t have access to fresh herbs or you just want to make the dip with what you already have in the pantry, it tastes great even without the fresh dill and parsley. Experiment and make it your own. Just don’t forget the steamed and chilled Brussels Sprouts!
I’ve included instructions in the recipe below for preparing the Brussels sprouts in a way that keeps them bright green and vibrant after cooking, which is important if you’re going to serve them to guests. Overcooked, gray-green Brussels sprouts really don’t look very appetizing!
So tell me, does your family have a favorite Thanksgiving appetizer? Have you ever tried cold, cooked Brussels sprouts with a creamy dip?
Other Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas:
- Classic Deviled Eggs
- Chipotle Bacon Deviled Eggs
- Artichoke Squares
- Maple Rosemary Glazed Walnuts
- Baked White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Parmesan
- Chinese Five Spice Roasted Almonds
Other Brussels Sprouts Recipes from my Fall Fest Friends:
Healthy Eats: 5 Healthier Ways to Spruce Up Brussels Sprouts
Creative Culinary: Bowtie Pasta with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts
The Fed Up Foodie: Beef and Brussels Sprouts Stew
Hey Grill Hey: Brown Sugar Bacon Brussels Sprout Bites
A Mind “Full” Mom: Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad
Taste with the Eyes: Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Italian Sausage, Balsamic Syrup
The Mediterranean Dish: Fall Rotini Pasta Salad with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash
The Mom 100: Roasted Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts and Leeks with Spicy Drizzle
Devour: Every Day We’re Brusselin’: 4 Craveable Brussels Sprout Salads
Swing Eats: Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Shallots and Sherry Over Loose Polenta
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Pan Seared Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Pear & Walnut Salad
FN Dish: 7 Recipes That Will Make Literally Anyone a Brussels Sprout Believer