This five-ingredient Brussels sprouts with bacon recipe is going to become your new family-favorite side dish - especially for the holidays!
In fact, this recipe can be made even easier. I've included it with a maple mustard glaze you add almost at the end of the roasting process, but you don't have to use it. You can just go with the Brussels sprouts with bacon.
Brussel's sprouts with bacon is the ultimate side dish. Incredible quick and easy, yet it delivers big-time on flavor. It's perfect for the holiday table.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, 100%. In fact, I would argue that this is the best way to eat Brussel's sprouts. Not only is it incredibly easy, but the roasting helps eliminate some of the bitter flavor that the sprouts have naturally.
It depends on the temperature of your oven and the size of the sprouts (they can vary widely). My general rule of thumb is 15-20 minutes at 400F.
Yes, they are very good for you. Brussel's sprouts contain tons of fiber. Even when you add bacon and salt like this recipe does, the pros outweigh the cons.
If you want the outer leaves to be crispy and slightly browned, you should roast them at at least 400F.
Why You're Going to Love this Recipe
- It's so easy. Like just one of the easiest side dishes out there.
- It's also very quick to make. This is key for holiday entertaining, when oven space is at a premium.
- It's delicious. Brussel's sprouts are known for their bitter flavor. You know what cuts bitterness? Fat. Ergo: Brussel's sprouts + bacon = HEART EMOJIS.
- It's perfect for the season. That hint of maple syrup plus in season sprouts? Yes please.
- Roasted Brussels sprouts ARE SO MUCH BETTER than steamed or boiled. If you're memories are of gross, soggy, boiled to death Brussel's sprouts, please make this recipe. Please.
The Key to Crispy Brussels Sprouts
If you want your Brussel's sprouts to dry out and take on a crispy, browned caramelized layer, there's a few things you need to make sure of.
First, and this is probably the most important, DO NOT OVERCROWD YOUR PAN. This is such a common mistake with roasting any vegetable, and you'll ensure they steam in their own moisture, not roast. The sprouts should be in a single layer, and slightly spread out from each other (see the process photos below for reference.
If you have more than that, you need to get another sheet pan out.
Second, your oven has to be hot enough. I recommend roasting any vegetable, including Brussel's sprouts, at at LEAST 400 F, if not more. We're going for caramelized and not soggy here, so high heat is key.
Third, make sure you're adding fat. In this case it's straight up bacon fat. But you could totally make it without the bacon, just make sure you give them a good toss in olive oil, salt and pepper.
Follow these tips and you should be good to go!
There's only five ingredients in this recipe - and that includes the maple syrup glaze. If you want, you can omit this and it's literally just bacon, Brussel's sprouts, salt and pepper.
- Brussel's Sprouts: the star of this particular show.
- Bacon: not to be outdone, the bacon shines in it's supporting role. It enhances the flavor of the sprouts without overpowering, and adds a much needed layer of fat to cut through the bitterness of the Brussel's sprouts .
- Maple Syrup: this is for the optional glaze at the end. I promise it gives just a hint of maple syrup flavor, and sends this entire dish into the stratosphere.
- Grainy Mustard: accentuates the maple syrup.
- Olive Oil: it's just there as transport for the maple syrup and the mustard. Again, those last three ingredients are optional, but very much recommended.
How to Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Let's go through this step-by-step.
Step 1: Fry the Bacon
We're going to fry the bacon ahead of time, because we want to be able to control how much bacon fat we're going to add to the roasting pan. It's definitely possible to have too much and have the sprouts be greasy.
If you want to eliminate this step and roast everything at the same time, swap the bacon for pancetta. I've done this dozens of times, and it brings the salty, smoky flavor, but with a bit less fat. It's a great compromise!
You want to fry the bacon until it's just starting to turn brown. It will finish crisping up all the way when it hits the oven.
Step 2: Roast the Sprouts
Preheat your oven to 400F.
On a parchment lined baking sheet, spread your sprouts evenly in a single layer.
Next, using a slotted spoon, add the bacon over the sprouts. Add an additional tablespoon of bacon fat, and discard the rest. Toss to combine.
Roast the sprouts for 15 minutes (if you're not glazing the sprouts, roast for 20 minutes, and you're done).
Step 3: Make the Glaze (if using)
Combine the maple syrup, olive oil, and mustard in a small bowl. Whisk until they're completely combined.
Step 4: Add the Glaze, and Finish the Roasting
Pull the sprouts out of the oven, add the glaze, a tiny bit of salt (the bacon provides most of it, so go easy), and pepper. Toss once more, and then roast for another 5 minutes.
Step 5: Serve!
What to Serve with Roasted Brussel's Sprouts
This dish is an amazing side at almost any table, but it goes particularly well during the fall and winter months when the sprouts are in season. This means that it's awesome for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can't even remember the last holiday meal I had without this dish.
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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Large baking sheet
- 24 Brussel's sprouts trimmed and cut in half
- 8 slices bacon
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400°F.
- In a medium frying pan over medium high heat, fry your bacon until it's just starting to brown on the edges.
- Add your Brussel's sprouts to a large baking sheet with parchment paper in a single layer. Using a slotted spoon, add bacon over the top. Add one additional tablespoon of bacon fat - discard the remainder. Toss to combine.
- Roast the Brussel's sprouts for 15 minutes, and in the meantime, make the glaze.
- Combine the olive oil, maple syrup, and grainy mustard in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside until the Brussel's sprouts have finished roasting.
- Take the sprouts out of the oven, and add the glaze. Add a small amount of salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Return to the oven for and additional five minutes.
- Remove from the oven. Serve hot.
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