With the holidays fast approaching (yes, I’m talking Christmas and New Years) some might already be thinking about what side dishes will grace the table alongside their big ‘ol turkey. Currently there are some serious contenders on my shortlist: mashed potatoes, broccoli salad, devilled eggs, and Brussels sprouts.
There are definitely some crowd favourites here, and more often than not Brussels sprouts are the wildcard. Brussels sprouts are a funny thing; you either love them or you hate them, there is no in-between. But MY recipe for Brussels sprouts has converted even the most convinced haters!
I mean THESE Brussels sprouts are roasted in bacon grease, sprinkled with salt & pepper and topped with crispy bacon bits. How can you deny that?
Beyond the incredible flavours this dish brings to the plate, these Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts are easy to prepare with just a few ingredients. My new LG Gas Range not only heats up quickly and evenly, it perfectly browned and slightly caramelized my sprouts; and let me tell you caramelization is the key!
Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roast Brussels sprouts just until they are tender, caramelized, and fragrant; you don’t want to over-cook them as they will taste bitter. Tossing them in the bacon grease adds another layer of flavour, or you can use olive oil if you prefer.
1 lb fresh Brussels sprouts
1 package bacon
3-4 tbsp bacon grease (or olive oil)
salt & pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Cut bacon into pieces and saute until crispy, 6-8 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels. Set bacon bits and grease aside.
3. Wash, trim and cut Brussels sprouts in half. Place in a large bowl.
4. Spoon 3-4 tablespoons of bacon grease over sprouts. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and toss with a spoon. Spread sprouts out evenly onto a baking tray. Make sure they are all in a single layer to ensure even roasting.
5. Place in oven for 30-35 minutes. Flip halfway through. Roast until soft and caramelized.
6. Sprinkle with crispy bacon bits and serve alongside a hearty family meal.
So what do you think? Will you give these tasty sprouts a try this holiday season?