Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are easy to make with just a few simple ingredients but are so flavorful! Roasted in the oven to perfection and tossed with crispy bacon, this easy side dish is perfect for a holiday meal.
Brussels Sprouts and Bacon are a perfect side dish for the holidays!
Ok, let’s be honest these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are perfect for a holiday dinner but they are so easy to make that you can even make them for a weeknight meal! This recipe is perfect for every day! I promise everyone will love them.
Roasting the Brussels Sprouts in a really hot oven covered with foil for the first half of the baking time will make sure that they are cooked through and tender on the inside. When the foil is removed they will brown to perfection and develop those roasting flavors that we all love.
When I was young(er) I hated Brussels Sprouts. My husband, on the other hand, has always been a big Brussels sprouts fan. So when we got married he made some for me and oddly enough I really liked them. I don’t know what made me suddenly change my opinion but now Brussels Sprouts and I are best friends.
This simple recipe takes Brussels Sprouts to a whole new level of deliciousness! Bacon makes everything more delicious, doesn’t it?! Tossing the roasted Brussels sprouts in the bacon drippings adds so much flavor. Everyone will be fighting over the last helping.
How to roast Brussels Sprouts
My favorite way to roast Brussels Sprouts is to cover them for the first 10 minutes, then removing the foil and roasting them until golden brown and tender. Covering them assures that the Brussels Sprouts won’t be dry on the inside and are fully cooked after roasting without getting burned.
How to trim Brussels Sprouts
To trim Brussels sprouts, start with cutting off the stem end and remove loose yellow or brown outer leaves. Then cut them in half. When you buy Brussels sprouts look for ones that are round and heavy in size, the leaves should be densely packed. Buying quality sprouts will make trimming them easier and you won’t have to remove so many leaves.
Can roasted Brussels sprouts be made ahead of time?
I wouldn’t make Brussels Sprouts ahead of time because overcooking can make them bitter and I think they taste best the day they are made. But you can prep the Brussels sprouts ahead of time. Cut and trim your Brussels sprouts a day or two ahead and store them in a plastic container or ziplock bag in the refrigerator.
Looking for more holiday recipes?
- Parmesan Oven Roasted Green Beans
- Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Creamy Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
- Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
You can find all my Fall & Thanksgiving recipes here.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (900g)
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp water
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 6 slices bacon
- 2-3 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp fresh thyme, optional
- Preheat oven to 450°F (240°C).
- In a medium bowl, combine Brussels sprouts, olive oil, water, salt, and pepper. Toss until combined then transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. All cut sided should be facing down.
- Cover sheet tightly with aluminum foil and transfer to the oven. Roast for 10 minutes then remove foil and cook for 12-15 more minutes, until the sprouts are tender and browned.
- In the meantime, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, then finely chop it. Leave the bacon drippings in the skillet.
- When the Brussels sprouts are are tender transfer them to the skillet with the bacon drippings. Add chopped bacon, apple cider, fresh thyme, and toss until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.