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This easy roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon are about to change your thoughts about the vegetable forever. Not only is it super easy and delicious it is slightly sweet which works perfectly with the saltiness from the bacon. This is no doubt a great sidekick for your mains at thanksgiving, Christmas or any other occasion.
Bacon with Brussels sprout
while Brussels sprouts have a love and hate reputation just like marmite, it is definitely a classic addition to your thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or dinner table. The only time my husband would bring back Brussels sprout from the shop is only around Christmas time.
He is one of those people who sees the vegetable like marmite spread. You’re either a fan of it or not, he is the latter. He has always got something to say about how it smells, I have lived to convince him you can make some delicious recipes with it. More importantly, there are so many ways to enjoy it other than boiling or steaming it.
I, on the other hand, buy it from time to time either for recipe testing or just to make a change from the usual broccoli, carrots and spinach. Those are the only acceptable vegetables in my house by the way.
They also love bacon which is why this recipe was and still remains a hit with my tasters.
I have also tested this recipe in my air fryer a few times now with or without the bacon and it worked well. The only caveat is that you have to line the basket in other to have the bacon fat flavours the Brussels sprout.
Other ways to cooking and enjoying Brussels sprout other than roasting it in the oven is by sautéing on the stovetop or pan frying it. You can also cook it in cream, trust me you can never go wrong with cream and bacon when you are trying to convince folks about a recipe. They complement each other so well.
let me show you how to cook Brussels sprouts with bacon in easy steps. You will be pleasantly surprised as to how easy this recipe is. No need to pre-cook the vegetable or bacon, this recipe is so simple you can even get a child to help you with the preps provided the vegetable is already trimmed.
Brussels sprouts, trimmed
Bacon: this can be substituted with pancetta
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Maple syrup: This complements the saltiness from the bacon. It is optional but recommended, maple syrup can, of course, be replaced by honey.
How to cook Brussels sprout with bacon
Preheat the oven to 400C/200F
Wash the Brussels sprouts and drain in colander, alternatively, pat them dry with a paper towel. Cut the bacon into lardons and set aside
Trim the ends of the vegetable and cut them into two lengthwise and transfer to a bowl
Add olive oil, maple syrup, onion powder, garlic granules, salt and pepper to the Brussels sprout and mix to combine.
Transfer the seasoned vegetable to a baking tray, making sure they are in a single layer. Sprinkle the lardon over the Brussels sprouts
Roast in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, turning them halfway during this time until done or crispy and a bit caramelised.
Take it out of the oven and serve immediately with mains of choice.
What to serve with Brussels sprout and bacon
Just like I mentioned earlier, this vegetable is great with roast dinner, it can be served with this roasted leg of lamb, simple roast chicken or this super delicious thanksgiving turkey. It can also be paired with seafood too. I love it with salmon or steamed cod.
How to store
While I prefer to consume this recipe within 24 hours, I do still have some leftovers. If storing in the fridge, let it cool completely, transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
The leftover can also be used in salad cold, it reheats nicely too in the microwave.
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Brussels Sprouts With Bacon Recipe
- 1.5 lb Brussels sprouts trimmed
- ½ lb bacon cut into pieces
- 1 tsp garlic granules
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 400C/200F
- Wash the Brussels sprouts and drain in a colander, alternatively, pat them dry with a paper towel. Cut the bacon into lardons and set aside
- Trim the ends of the vegetable and cut them into two lengthwise and transfer to a bowl
- Add olive oil, maple syrup, onion powder, garlic granules, salt and pepper to the Brussels sprout and mix to combine.
- Transfer the seasoned vegetable to a baking tray, making sure they are in a single layer. Sprinkle the lardon over the Brussels sprouts
- Roast in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, turning them halfway during this time until done or crispy and a bit caramelised.
- Take it out of the oven and serve immediately with mains of choice.
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