This easy roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon recipe is straight from Grandma's recipe book. This is the side dish that is perfect for holidays or all year round!
My family is a little hesitant to eat Brussels sprouts, but add some bacon, and they will dig right in! Is your family picky like this? I would love to hear how you convince your family that Brussels sprouts can be delicious!
If you are looking for more delicious gluten free side dish recipes, I certainly have quite a few for you to try! If you prefer your Brussels sprouts raw, try them in this delicious shaved Brussels sprout salad.
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This roasted Brussels sprout with bacon recipe is a lazy recipe. Over the holidays, when cooking a lot of different foods at once, it is hard to find oven and stove space.
Out of the necessity for simplicity, this is a one-pan dish. There is no need to dirty up a bunch of pans to make this recipe. Add everything to a bowl and dump it into a baking dish. It turns out perfectly every time!
You can see the bacon and leeks mixed in...it all caramelizes together in the pan as you roast it.
Are Brussels sprouts little cabbages?
It is funny you ask this because my daughter asked this too. They look just like tiny versions of green cabbage...and they are in the cabbage family.
How to cut Brussels sprouts:
The easiest way to chop Brussels sprouts is with a sharp knife. I cut off the end on the bottom (that part where it attached to the stalk). Next, cut the Brussels sprout in half.
Can you use sliced or shaved Brussels sprouts in this recipe?
You can use sliced or shaved Brussels sprouts in this recipe. Please note if you use shaved Brussels sprouts, the cook time will be a LOT less so keep an eye on them as they cook.
How to make roasted Brussels sprouts:
- Slice off the stem. Some outer leaves may fall off, but that is okay.
- Slice the Brussels sprout in half. This allows the seasoning and oil to penetrate throughout the sprout.
- Use precooked bacon to save time (and leave fewer pans to clean up!) I used Trader Joe's precooked bacon.
- Use a high-quality olive oil. It really does make a difference!
- If you want, feel free to break up the Brussels and cook the leaves like in this Sautéd Brussels Sprouts Leaves recipe.
Can you cook this recipe stove-top?
You can definitely make this recipe stove-top by cooking the Brussels sprouts and bacon in a cast-iron skillet.
Can you use butter instead of olive oil?
You can use any fat you like in this recipe! If you want to keep this recipe dairy-free, you will want to use the olive oil.
Recipes to serve with Brussels sprouts:
- This Herb Roasted Chicken recipe is a family favorite.
- My kids love this Grilled Steak with Basil Sauce with Brussels sprouts
- Bacon makes this Bacon-Wrapped Tilapia recipe so good!
- I love to use a 9x13 pan for roasting these roasted Brussels sprouts.
- A colander to wash your veggies.
Grandma's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts
- 6 slices bacon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/3 cup leeks
- Wash the Brussels sprouts. Use a sharp knife to cut the base stem off. Slice the Brussel sprout in half. Repeat with all of the sprouts. Set the sprouts aside in a large bowl.
- In a pan, cook the bacon slices until they are crispy.
- Chop the bacon and add to the Brussels sprouts in the bowl.
- Add salt, pepper, oil, and leeks to the bowl. Toss to coat.
- Add the Brussels sprout mix to a greased baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes, remove the pan and stir the Brussels sprouts. Place the pan back into the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Serve hot.
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