I know brussels sprouts get a bad rap as being the most hated vegetable by children, but they are honestly one of my favorite foods! We eat them several times a week as a side with our meals, and I can't get enough of them. Strangely enough, both of my kids like them too! I just had to tell them that brussels sprouts were broccoli's cousins (which is sort of true anyway) and then they loved them. Anyway, I tried roasting brussels sprouts for the first time a few weeks ago (I know! Where have I been?) and they were fantastic. So of course I immediately thought of a way to make them more fantastic.... with bacon!
The brussels sprouts are deliciously crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and get slightly caramelized in the oven. The little crisp bacon pieces add a ton of flavor and make the brussels sprouts really stand out. The best part is that these are so quick to make. Just a few minutes of prep time and 20-25 minutes of oven time, and they are ready to go. These officially win the title of favorite vegetable side dish for me and will be making frequent appearances in my kitchen!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
16 ounces brussels sprouts, washed and cut in half lengthwise
3-4 slices of bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (I used white balsamic vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 450. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or foil. Spread the brussels sprouts on the baking sheet and sprinkle the bacon pieces over the top. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the brussels sprouts and toss to coat. Sprinkle with garlic powder and salt and pepper, then toss again. Roast in the preheated oven 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through. Enjoy!