Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Bacon roasted brussel sprouts

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  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
76 Calories
1g Fat
14g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 76
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 5g
Calcium 71mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Roasting is one of the hands-down best ways to cook Brussels sprouts. The dry, hot heat in the oven cooks the sprouts until crisp-tender and gives them a deliciously browned exterior. And while they're delicious all on their own, a bit of bacon and a few cloves of garlic turn them into something spectacular.

Adding meaty and garlicky flavor is extra easy in this recipe. All of the ingredients are simply added to the sheet pan and roasted together. While the side dish bakes, make a main dish on the stove or roast on the other oven rack for a complete dinner. Try these Brussels sprouts with a pork loin, a store-bought rotisserie chicken, or even a Thanksgiving turkey.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 2 to 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 slices bacon
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

    Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts ingredients
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  2. While the oven heats, cut off and discard the stem ends of the Brussels sprouts. Remove the darker outer leaves (you can discard these, or save them to use in Seared Brussels Sprout Leaves). Cut extra larger sprouts in half so that the veggies cook evenly. Put the prepared sprouts in a roasting pan.

    Brussels sprouts in a roasting pan
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  3. Peel the garlic cloves and cut them into 2 to 4 pieces each depending on the size. The number of cloves will depend on their size and how garlicky you'd like your Brussels sprouts. Scatter the garlic over the brussels sprouts.

    Brussels sprouts and garlic in a roasting pan
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  4. Cut the bacon into small pieces and scatter over the Brussels sprouts.

    Brussels Sprouts
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  5. Cover the roasting pan with foil and cook about 20 minutes, or until the bacon just starts to render its fat and the sprouts are a bit tender. Remove the foil, toss everything around a bit, and continue roasting until the Brussels sprouts are tender, the bacon is browned, and the garlic is tender and browned, about 20 to 30 minutes.

    Roasted brussels sprouts, bacon and garlic
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  6. Taste and sprinkle with salt if needed (some kinds of bacon is saltier than others).

    Brussels Sprouts
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  7. Serve the Brussels sprouts hot and enjoy!

Tips

  • When shopping for Brussels sprouts, look for bright green, compact sprouts. Even better if they're sold still on the stalk.
  • Save time by working like a professional cook and do all like prep work at once. In this case, trim all the sprout stem ends, remove the outer leaves, peel the garlic, and chop up the bacon.
  • You may want to check out How to Roast Brussels Sprouts for step-by-step photos of preparing Brussels sprouts for roasting.

Recipe Variations

  • Thick-cut pancetta will work in place of bacon. Or leave it out and add a drizzle of oil for a vegetarian version.
  • Swap the garlic for extra small pearl onions. They'll get soft, sweet, and brown in the oven.