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Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasting Brussels sprouts in your oven is one sure way to get family members to eat their vegetables. This is my tried and true recipe for oven-roasted Brussels sprouts.   

You'll be surprised how fast these Brussels sprouts disappear from the table when you prepare them this way.  I continue to be surprised when family and friends ask me to make them for our gatherings.    

Make these for weeknight dinners or special occasion meals.  They are a delicious side dish for any occasion.

The Best Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts 


The Best Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
The Best Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

One of the keys to super flavorful roasted Brussels Sprouts is preparing them in advance.  This will allow time for the flavor of the onions, garlic, and bacon to blend throughout.  

Mix all the ingredients together at least an hour in advance but even the day before will work.

Tips for Success

Use frozen bacon for this dish.  It is so much easier to cut the bacon into little bits when it is frozen.  You'll want the pieces of bacon to be very small because they will distribute well throughout the dish and crisp nicely as it roasts.

The Best Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
It makes a difference how you cut your onion. I am specific about the way I cut my onion, too.  I think it makes a difference to the end result.  Cut the top and bottom off your peeled onion.  Cut the onion in half from top to bottom and then cut each half into thin wedges.  This allows the onion to caramelize and not burn at the oven high temperature.

High oven temperatures always produce the best results. I've tried lower temperatures when trying to cook my Brussels sprouts along with my meat entree, but the Brussels sprouts don't have as much flavor as when roasted at 400 or 425 degrees F.

Don't crowd the pan. Finally, and perhaps my most important tip, is spreading the ingredients out in your pan.  Do not crowd the ingredients.  

A low-sided sheet pan works best because you'll have plenty of room for the ingredients and the low sides allow the heat to circulate well.  One sheet pan will work for four to five servings.  Use two sheet pans for six to ten servings.

Jazz up your Brussels sprouts. Try adding cut-up potatoes or sweet potatoes for a twist. Oh, so good!
Dried cranberries or pomegranate arils make a festive addition to holiday meals.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Potatoes
Another Option-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Potatoes

Watch me prepare Brussels sprouts in this video.


Yield: 4-6
Author: Donna Urso
Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A simple recipe for making delicious oven-roasted Brussels sprouts flavored with onion, garlic, and bacon.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 1 large onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 3-6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 strips bacon, diced
  • 2-4 Tablespoons olive oil, enough to well coat the ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into chunks, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400-425 degrees F.  Either is fine.
  2. Cut the bottoms off your Brussels sprouts and slice them in half. Place the Brussels sprouts in a single layer in a baking pan. Finely chop the cloves of garlic, and slice the onion into wedges. Dice the bacon (freezing the bacon first makes this easy).
  3. Add the garlic, onion, sweet potato, and bacon to the pan with the Brussels sprouts. Mix well to distribute the ingredients. Drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Mix again to ensure the olive oil and seasonings are well distributed. Cover and set aside for at least one hour.
  4. Spread the ingredients on a sheet pan being careful not to crowd. Roast the vegetables in a preheated 400-425 degree F oven for 20-40 minutes, until Brussels sprouts are well-browned and the bacon is crisp. Periodically give the Brussels sprouts a stir while they are cooking.
  5. Don't rush the cooking process. You want your Brussels sprouts to get really brown and crispy on the edges. That caramelization creates great flavor.
  6. For extra pizzaz, dress with dried cranberries or pomegranate arils before serving.

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