Fall is in full swing! My favorite seasons for cooking? Fall and winter. I love roasting and warm, slow cooked meals. I love the rich flavors and fragrant spices that fill your house as you are cooking. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cliche as it may be, I LOVE fall.
One of my ultimate Fall favorite side dishes? Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Now, this certainly isn't a dish you can only eat in the fall and winter months, but it sure does hit the spot on evenings when the air is cool and crisp. This is a quick and simple side dish and honestly, what can be better than Brussels sprouts and bacon?
Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
- 4 cups Brussels sprouts
- 3 slices of bacon
- 1 tbsp shallots, minced
- 1 tsp fresh thyme, minced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare Brussels sprouts by cutting off their bottoms (discard) and slicing in half. For the extra large sprouts I usually cut these into quarters to assure they cook evenly. Transfer cut sprouts to large mixing bowl. Toss with shallots, thyme, salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet, fry bacon until crispy. I've found the best way to do this (without burning your bacon) is to begin by arranging your bacon in the skillet prior to turning on heat. Place skillet over medium-high heat and cook bacon until crispy, ensuring to flip bacon halfway through. This should take about 5 minutes.
- Once your bacon has cooked, removed slices and place on a paper towel lined plate. Set aside. Next, CAREFULLY pour rendered bacon grease over sprouts and toss to evenly coat.
- Transfer sprouts to a baking sheet, spreading them out into a single even layer. Roast in 400°F oven for 20 minutes or until nicely browned. Halfway through roasting, give the sprouts a toss on the baking sheet so that you have even browning on all sides.
- While roasting, chop the bacon into small pieces - real deal bacon bits! Once sprouts have roasted, sprinkle bacon on top and serve.
Nutritional Information (1 serving)
130 calories - 5 g Protein, 8 g Carbs, 8.7 g Fat, 3.3 g Fiber