Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Fresh, healthy Brussels sprouts are oven-roasted in a cast-iron skillet with bits of bacon.  Crispy caramelized Brussels sprouts have a delightful hint of nutty sweetness.  An easy side dish that goes with just about anything. 

 

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Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity!  Are you a Brussels sprouts lover (like me)?  Have you been wanting to try a roasted brussel sprouts with bacon recipe but just haven’t yet?  Now’s the perfect time to find fresh Brussels sprouts at your local grocery store or even at your favorite farmer’s market.  This recipe is easy and delicious.  I hope you love it as much as we do!

 

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Fresh Brussels Sprouts

 

So, is it brussel sprouts or brussels sprouts?  I grew up in the south, and around here, I’ve always heard it pronounced as brussel sprouts.  But we were wrong!  According to grammar expert, Grammarist, the correct spelling is with the “s” (Brussels), “The modern version of the plant was originally grown primarily in the area of Northern Europe now known as Belgium, of which Brussels is the capital. In the name of the cabbage, Brussels is usually capitalized like the name of the city, though some publications don’t capitalize it.”  Find the full article here.

 

As a kid, I thought they were cute little miniature cabbages.  Way back then (lol), my mother would steam them then add a pat of butter and a little salt & pepper.  Even as a kid, I loved them.  But roasting Brussels sprouts has taken these vegetables to a much higher level!  I usually eat a few of them before they even make it to my plate.

 

Best Vegetables for Roasting

Roasted root vegetables are delicious, however, almost any vegetable can be roasted in the oven.

  • Potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, corn on the cob, brussels sprouts, zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, etc.
  • Bell peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, etc.

 

Ingredients

please see printable recipe card for detailed ingredient list and helpful information

Thick-cut bacon slices
Fresh brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed, and cut in half
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

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KITCHEN TOOLS NEEDED

Cast Iron Skillet

Large bowl

Measuring spoons

Large spoon

Spatula

 

Directions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F.

 

Step 2: Cook the bacon in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, turning once to ensure it is cooked evenly on both sides.  

 

Step 3: Remove skillet from heat and place cooked bacon on paper towels to drain. Once cool, blot bacon with paper towels to remove excess fat before crumbling.

 

Step 4: Carefully drain the excess bacon fat into a clean empty can or coffee cup. Keep bacon grease covered in the refrigerator for later use, if desired, or discard once cooled.

 

Step 5: In a large bowl, combine Brussels sprouts and olive oil and toss to coat. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

 

Step 6: Heat skillet over medium-high heat and add Brussels sprouts and cook for several minutes until they begin to turn brown. Add the crumbled bacon to the skillet and place in the pre-heated oven. Roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the sprouts turn a rich, caramelized color.

 

Step 7: Remove skillet from oven and enjoy.

 

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Storing in the Fridge

Keep fresh, unwashed Brussels sprouts refrigerated for 3-5 days after purchase for best results.  Once cooked, they will stay fresh for up to 3 days.  Store cooked Brussels sprouts in airtight containers.  I like to use BPA-free glass containers with locking lids.  Check out this 18-piece set of glass food storage containers with locking lids.

 

Reheating

The best way to reheat them is in the oven.  This way, they will regain some of their crispiness.  Place them in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes.  Alternatively, you can warm them in the microwave, in a covered dish, for just a couple minutes.  Overheating can cause mushy Brussels sprouts, and we don’t want that!

 

Nutrition

Brussel sprouts are low calorie, low carb, and packed with fiber and a range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants,  and disease-fighting phytochemicals!  Brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous family of vegetables which means they are super healthy!  So eat them often!

 

More Roasted Vegetable Recipes

Oven Roasted Carrots 

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

 

oven roasted brussels sprouts in cast iron skillet

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Fresh, healthy Brussels sprouts are oven-roasted in a cast-iron skillet with bits of bacon.  Crispy caramelized Brussels sprouts have a delightful hint of nutty sweetness.  An easy side dish that goes with just about anything. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 387kcal

Equipment

  • cast iron skillet
  • large bowl
  • measuring spoons
  • large spoon
  • spatula

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed, and cut in half
  • 4 slices of thick-cut bacon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Cook the bacon in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, turning once to ensure it is cooked evenly on both sides.
  • Remove skillet from heat and place cooked bacon on paper towels to drain. Once cool, blot bacon with paper towels to remove excess fat before crumbling.
  • Carefully drain the excess bacon fat into a clean empty can or coffee cup. Keep bacon grease covered in the refrigerator for later use, if desired, or discard once cooled.
  • In a large bowl, combine Brussels sprouts and olive oil and toss to coat. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  • Heat skillet over medium-high heat and add Brussels sprouts and cook for several minutes until they begin to turn brown. Add the crumbled bacon to the skillet and place in the pre-heated oven. Roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the sprouts turn a rich, caramelized color.
  • Remove skillet from oven and enjoy

Notes

Keep fresh, unwashed Brussels sprouts refrigerated for 3-5 days after purchase for best results.  Once cooked, they will stay fresh for up to 3 days.  Store cooked Brussels sprouts in airtight containers.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 7.2oz | Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 35.5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 50mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g

 

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