I’ve been on a mission to make a Brussels spouts dish that Mr. K will eat.
Last year, Mr. K and I had a really good Brussels sprouts dish at Uptown Tavern. The sprouts were charred to the point of losing any bit of bitterness and cooked with various seasoning and spices. Mr. K loved the dish. I got really excited and began buying Brussels sprouts. But he wouldn’t touch the dishes I made, claiming them “too healthy” tasting and the sprouts too bitter.
So I decided to roast the brussels sprouts until they are no longer bitter. And I added bacon…lots of bacon and bacon fat. I’ve had a lot of brussels sprouts and bacon dishes and they’ve always tasted pretty good.
I loved the smell of the roasted Brussels sprouts. It made my mouth water.
I did slightly overcook some of them. Oops. I got distracted and left them in the oven too long. These still came out pretty good and Mr. K actually ate them which is a good sign. I’m still on the search for the ultimate Brussels sprouts dish though.
This makes a perfect Thanksgiving side dish.
Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- 2 lbs Brussels sprouts
- 8 oz bacon strips
- 1-2 tbsp chili flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- juice of 1/2 lemon optional
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Chop raw bacon into 1 inch pieces. Place into large frying pan or skillet and cook on stove top until bacon is crispy. Remove bacon but reserve bacon fat. Toss raw Brussels sprouts into frying pan to coat with bacon fat. Scoop out the sprouts and place them onto a large baking sheet lined with foil.
- Roast for about 30 minutes, flipping sprouts to the other side halfway through the time. Sprouts should have a slight char. Pour sprouts back into frying pan and add bacon, chili flakes, lemon juice (if using) and salt and pepper to taste. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes until spices and seasoning are incorporated and bacon is heated.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.