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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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.

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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!

Seriously. Bacon Brussels Sprouts!

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?

Are you a Brussels Sprouts hater?

If the answer is yes, here are a few tips to making them taste good.

How to Make Brussels Sprouts Taste Good

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, I’d be willing to bet anyway, 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 the 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 they 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.

I also love this recipe for Maple Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts.

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.

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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.

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?

Logan and Madeline have other ideas (and are obviously wrong!).

Update 2016/2017:

I’ve successfully won over 3 out of 4 of the kids.

Logan, Madeline, and my stepdaughter Kendall are on Team Bacon Brussels Sprouts now.

Update 2018:

All of the kids LOVE these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic now.

This recipe is on regular rotation at our house.

It is definitely one of our favorite side dishes, especially during the fall and winter or for special holiday meal gatherings.

You should definitely add these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic to your Thanksgiving Menu.

Just sayin’.

And, 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!

YUM!

You should definitely check it out pronto!

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

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

Yield: serves 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 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. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Whisk together the reserved bacon grease and the balsamic vinegar. Toss with the cooked Brussels sprouts and the crumbled bacon.
  7. Serve immediately.

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