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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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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.  

 

Ingredients for Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

4 thick-cut bacon slices
1½ lbs. fresh brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed, and cut in half
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

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How to Make Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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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How long do Brussels Sprouts last 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 20-piece set of glass food storage containers with locking lids.

 

What is the Best Way to Reheat Brussels Sprouts?

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!

 

Are Brussels Sprouts Healthy? 

Yes, yes, yes!!  They 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!

 

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Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 lbs Fresh Brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed, and cut in half
  • 4 Slices of thick-cut bacon
  • 2 Tbsp 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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Other Side Dishes from My Kitchen Serenity

Creamy Summer Corn Salad

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Broccoli Slaw

Crunchy Romaine Salad

 

 

 



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