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Brussels sprouts are side dish MVPs—whether we’re shaving them into salads or roasting up a pan with a balsamic drizzle, they’re a part of every square meal we make. But we’ll let you in on a little secret…these tiny cabbages can do a whole lot more. Since they’re already bite-sized, we especially love serving them as snacks or apps at parties or before a holiday meal. Here are 18 of our favorite recipes.

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Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprout Bites

Believe it or not, these crunchy little guys aren’t fried; they’re baked in the oven. And did we mention the tangy mustard dipping sauce?

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Polenta Bites with Crispy Brussels Sprout Leaves, Ricotta and Chutney

They’re small, but they really pack a punch—every food group is included. We’re hiring Liz Falcigno to plan all of our holiday party menus from now on.

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Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

Everyone’s favorite takeout dish, transformed into a chic vegetarian appetizer.

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Crispy Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Bacon and Brussels go together like peas and carrots. Best of all, this is a completely hands-off recipe. Just pop ’em in the oven for 30 minutes and they’re ready to go.

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Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Flatbreads

The best way to feed a hungry crowd: load store-bought naan with thick-cut bacon, Brussels, two types of cheese and a balsamic glaze.

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Spicy Maple Dijon Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Short on munchies for your next cookout? Coterie member Monique Volz has you covered.

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Brussels Sprout Sliders

We cannot get over how adorable these tiny sandwiches (with the cutest little Brussels sprout buns!) are.

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Creamy Brussels Sprout Shallot Dip

Move over, spinach and artichoke. There’s a new creamy, veggie-based dip in town. (Psst: The secret ingredients are sour cream and cream cheese.)

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Gruyere Toasts

Our new favorite take on the bruschetta family, from Coterie member Phoebe Lapine.

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Chinese Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Egg Rolls with Sweet Chile Pomegranate Sauce

It takes a little time to get the hang of the rolling technique. But we promise, it’s worth it.

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Cranberry, Brussels Sprouts and Brie Skillet Nachos

Here, tortilla chips are topped with sweet potato, Brussels (of course), cheddar, Brie and cranberry sauce. We’re never going back to plain old nachos again.

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White Bean and Roasted Cauliflower Spread with Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

Who needs hummus when you can have Coterie member Katie Workman’s super-creamy, veggie-packed dip?

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Brussels Sprouts with Sage Brown Butter

We’d eat just about anything with this brown butter dipping sauce—and serving the sprouts on skewers makes them extra party-friendly.

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Cheesy Polenta Bites with Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta

All of our favorite things—goat cheese, pancetta, polenta and Brussels sprouts—baked together in one bite.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Salt and Pepper Cashew Dip

Ditch the chips in favor of this low-carb (and super delicious) alternative.

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Brussels Sprout Latkes with Tofu Sour Cream

These fritters from Coterie member Gena Hamshaw would also be great as a side or a vegetarian main dish. But we love setting out a platter of them as appetizers when we have company.

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Bacon Brussels Sprouts Kebobs

We recommend making extra horseradish dipping sauce and saving it for sandwiches later.

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Brussels Sprouts Chips

Warning: These are just a little bit addictive. Better make a double batch.

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