Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

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If you’re looking for a new side to try this year for Thanksgiving, these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic are a fantastic no-fuss option that is full of delicious flavor – caramelized, roasted brussels sprouts, savory bacon, and tangy balsamic vinegar.

Though they seem to be getting a little bit more respect at the family dinner table these days (along with so many more delicious recipes geared towards highlighting them), Brussels Sprouts have an inescapable stereotype. They are the one vegetable, that if I surveyed 10 kids on my street, the vast majority (if not all) kids would respond with a resounding “ewwww!”

I don’t know why Brussels Sprouts get such a bad rap as a vegetable or why when we learn how to properly roast vegetables (because those same rules I mentioned regarding roasting Cauliflower apply to roasting Brussels Sprouts, too), people still turn their noses up and push their plates away.

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Sometimes I set aside what I know my kids like and make what I know that I like. Brussels Sprouts is one of those things. I know exactly how my kids are going to respond and I do it anyway. Because sometimes mom needs to eat what mom wants to eat. Because I literally do.not.understand. the hate. And because BACON!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic are amazing. Brussels Sprouts take on a delicious, caramelized flavor when they are roasted and pair perfectly with bacon and balsamic. What isn’t to like? But, if you are a Brussels Sprouts hater, here are a few tips to making them taste good.

How to Make Brussels Sprouts Taste Good

1. Select wisely. Smaller Brussels Sprouts have a milder, sweeter taste. The larger sprouts will have a more cabbage-like taste, so choose accordingly. You’ll want them to feel firm and tightly compacted. Quality, well chosen sprouts will naturally taste better.

2. Roast them. Don’t steam them. Definitely do not boil them. Follow the same tips for Roasting Cauliflower.

3. Dress them up. Most of the time plain vegetables don’t taste great. I personally enjoy my Brussels Sprouts with some extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, but a few other ingredients can go a long way – try: caramelized shallots, balsamic vinegar, bacon, or roasted garlic. Freshly grated parmesan cheese also pairs well with almost any vegetable. I also love this recipe for Maple Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts.

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I much prefer Roasted Brussels Sprouts to steamed or roasted broccoli. I like them tons better than green beans. And during the winter I think they’re a much better option than salad.

When you add bacon and balsamic to the ingredient list you seriously cannot go wrong. Just my humble opinion. Logan and Madeline have other ideas (and are obviously wrong!). You should definitely add these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic to your Thanksgiving Menu. Just sayin’.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

Yield: serves 4-6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 - 25 minutes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic are a fantastic side dish that is full of delicious flavor - caramelized, roasted brussels sprouts, savory bacon, and tangy balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients:

32 ounces Brussels Sprouts, ends removed and halved
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
8 ounces thick cut Applewod Bacon
1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a medium mixing bowl, toss the Brussels Sprouts with the olive oil. Spread evenly on a large baking sheet - Brussels Sprouts should not be overlapping or too crowded. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Place the baking tray in the oven on the middle rack. Roast for 20 - 25 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the Brussels Sprouts are cooked and golden brown.

While the Brussels Sprouts are roasting, cook and crumble the bacon. I prefer to use this method: How to Make Homemade Bacon Bits. Remove the bacon from the grease using a slotted spoon. Set aside 1 teaspoon of bacon grease.

Whisk together the reserved bacon grease and the balsamic vinegar. Toss with the cooked Brussels sprouts and the crumbled bacon. Serve immediately.