Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
As a food critic, I’ve had the pleasure of indulging in countless exquisite dishes over the years. However, there’s one recipe that holds a special place in my heart – Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. This dish combines the earthiness of brussels sprouts with the rich, smoky flavor of bacon to create a truly remarkable culinary experience.
The Origins of Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
While the exact origins of this dish are unclear, it is said to have originated in Europe many centuries ago. Brussels sprouts, a member of the cabbage family, were cultivated in ancient Rome and later gained popularity in Belgium during the 16th century. It was during this time that the technique of roasting sprouts with bacon was discovered, adding a new dimension of flavor to these humble vegetables.
Fast forward to the present day, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon has become a classic side dish enjoyed by food enthusiasts around the world. Let’s dive into the recipe and experience the magic for ourselves.
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 4 slices of bacon, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
- In a large bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts with olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.
- Spread the Brussels sprouts evenly on a baking sheet.
- Sprinkle the chopped bacon over the Brussels sprouts.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until the sprouts are browned and crispy, and the bacon is cooked to your liking.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
- Transfer the roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon to a serving dish and enjoy!
- If you prefer extra crispy bacon, you can partially cook it in a skillet before adding it to the Brussels sprouts.
- For a touch of sweetness, drizzle a teaspoon of maple syrup over the Brussels sprouts before roasting.
- Experiment with different seasonings such as smoked paprika or grated Parmesan cheese for added flavor variations.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are perfect for any occasion – from weeknight dinners to holiday feasts. The combination of crispy Brussels sprouts and savory bacon creates a delightful contrast in flavors and textures. This dish is a wonderful accompaniment to roasted meats or can even be enjoyed as a vegetarian delight on its own.
The next time you’re in the mood for a side dish that’ll steal the show, give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!
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Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
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