Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

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.

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Though they seem to be getting a little bit more respect at the family dinner table these days, 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. There are so many delicious recipes geared towards highlighting them. Even when we learn how to properly roast vegetables, people still turn their noses up and push their plates away.

Really? I don’t get it.

Sometimes I set aside what I know my kids like and make what I know that I like. Oven roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon 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!

Seriously. Baked Brussels sprouts with bacon! Do I need to say more?

Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and balsamic are absolutely 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?

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Ingredients

For this oven roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon recipe, you’ll need:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Thick-cut applewood bacon
  • Balsamic vinegar

How to Cook Brussels Sprouts in the Oven

Halve the Brussels sprouts, then toss them with olive oil and spread them out on a baking tray. Season with salt and pepper. Roast, stirring halfway through, until golden brown and cooked.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a skillet. Once cooked, let it cool before crumbling it with your fingers. Then, whisk together a teaspoon of the bacon grease with the balsamic vinegar.

Once the roasted Brussels sprouts have finished cooking, toss them with the balsamic mixture and the crumbled bacon.

How Long to Cook Brussels Sprouts in Oven?

Brussels sprouts need to cook for roughly 20 to 25 minutes at 425ºF. You want the oven set to a high temperature so the Brussels sprouts roast, not bake.

Can I Use Frozen Brussels Sprouts?

No, you want to use fresh Brussels sprouts for this oven roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon recipe.

Can I Use Another Type of Bacon?

Yes, feel free to use whatever bacon you prefer. My family likes thick-cut bacon, but any bacon will do.

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Tips for Making the Best Brussels Sprouts

You can definitely make Brussels sprouts taste bad, and you can do that pretty easily! But did you know that it is just as easy to make them taste good?

Follow these tips and even the Brussels sprout hater can be persuaded to try a bit. They might even like them, too!

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

Roasting is the best way to cook Brussels sprouts. And chances are that if you had Brussels sprouts and one point in your life and you hated them it was because they were cooked wrong.

Don’t steam them. Definitely do not boil them. Follow my same tips for roasting cauliflower if you want really good tasting Brussels sprouts.

Roasting vegetables gives them a nice, crunchy, caramelized exterior — no one likes soggy or mushy vegetables. Roasting also sweetens the flavor of the vegetable.

Make sure the Brussels sprouts are dried completely after rinsing them before you toss them in olive oil to roast them. Wet Brussels sprouts will not crisp up as well.

You also want to make sure that they are not too crowded in their pan. They’ll crisp better if there is more room in between rather than if they are all layered on top of each other. An extra large sheet pan is great for roasting.

3. Dress them up

Most of the time plain vegetables don’t taste great. You at least need some oil and some salt to enhance their natural flavor. I personally enjoy my Brussels Sprouts with some extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Simple is great when they’re cooked correctly (see above!)

But, a few other ingredients can go a long way in making Brussels sprouts taste better than just “good.” Try adding ingredients like:

  • caramelized shallots
  • sautéed onions
  • balsamic vinegar
  • bacon
  • roasted garlic
  • fresh herbs
  • plenty of salt and pepper
  • fresh grated parmesan cheese

Freshly grated parmesan cheese also pairs really well with almost any vegetable.

Read more: Check out this post about making vegetables more exciting — there are lots of other great ideas there if you’re looking to enhance your vegetable side dishes.

4. Add Bacon

When you add bacon to the ingredient list you seriously cannot go wrong. Just my humble opinion. Isn’t everything better with bacon?

More Easy Vegetable Side Dishes:

If you like this recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic, you might also really like this recipe for Garlic Bacon Sautéed Green Beans with Roasted Mushrooms!

This Apple Cider Roasted Squash takes no time at all to prep, and it pairs nicely with any winter entree.

Looking for an alternative to your usual sweet potato casserole? Try making these Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate instead. The spiced orange maple glaze makes this dish shine!

Is there anything better than Browned Butter Parmesan Mashed Potatoes? I think not.

Another simple roasted vegetable side dish is Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic and Sage. Easy, but so flavorful.

Do you like brussels sprouts? How about BACON brussels sprouts?

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

Yield: serves 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, toss the Brussels Sprouts with the olive oil.
  3. Spread evenly on a large baking sheet - Brussels Sprouts should not be overlapping or too crowded.
  4. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  5. Place the baking tray in the oven on the middle rack.
  6. Roast for 20 - 25 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the Brussels Sprouts are cooked and golden brown.
  7. While the Brussels Sprouts are roasting, cook and crumble the bacon. I prefer to use this method: How to Make Homemade Bacon Bits.
  8. Remove the bacon from the grease using a slotted spoon.
  9. Set aside 1 teaspoon of bacon grease.
  10. Whisk together the reserved bacon grease and the balsamic vinegar.
  11. Toss with the cooked Brussels sprouts and the crumbled bacon.
  12. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 190 Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 28mg Sodium 539mg Carbohydrates 9g Fiber 3g Sugar 2g Protein 13g
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