Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

You had me at ‘bacon’

I could eat this side dish as a meal, mainly because I love, love, love bacon. I should have named my son “Kevin Bacon.”

This dish is a favorite in my family (except, admittedly, my kids kids are not yet big fans of Brussels sprouts). And when we have guests, it’s one of the first things to go — people always ask for more! Believe me, you can get a craving for these nuggets of goodness because they’re so satisfying, especially with the bacon’s salty, smokey richness.

There are a lot of great duos out there, but Brussels sprouts and bacon are a match made in heaven, forming a glorious marriage (which of course makes me jealous because I want to marry the bacon myself).

We don’t make this recipe every week because it’s got some strong flavors — we consider it an occasional treat. They’re a little bit earthy and a little bit bitter, so I roast them in the oven to give them a nuttiness. Bonus: When you roast them, the olive oil sort of caramelizes and gives them even more flavor.

Notes: Some people consider Brussels sprouts an exclusively winter vegetable, but they’re available year-round with consistent quality. Also, if you don’t eat pork, you can substitute turkey bacon and get a similar result.

To all my friends, I love you more than bacon … well, not really.

Watch the video (see ingredients and directions below)

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 pkg bacon, browned and crumbled (I cut mine with kitchen shears!)

As always

  • Olive oil, about 3 tbsp
  • Sea salt

As needed

  • Cooking spray

DIRECTIONS

For the Brussels sprouts

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Spread sprouts across baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle liberally with salt, then mix to coat sprouts well.
  • Spread mixture evenly on baking sheet.
  • Roast about 15 minutes.

While the sprouts roast, make the bacon

  • Line a second baking sheet with parchment paper, then coat with cooking spray; arrange bacon strips on baking sheet.
  • After sprouts have been in oven for about 15 minutes, place baking sheet with bacon on rack below sprouts.
  • Flip bacon after about 10 minutes (when strips start to curl).
  • Roast about 10 minutes longer, removing both baking sheets from oven when sprouts are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and bacon has reached desired crispness; place baking sheets on wire racks.
  • Once bacon is cool enough to handle, use kitchen shears to cut it onto sprouts, then toss to combine.
  • Have the link to this recipe ready, because everyone’s gonna want it.

Deliciously simple. Enjoy!

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