I actually love my green veggies, but sometimes I have to add some salty bits to get the family to eat them, that's where these Bacon Brussel Sprouts come in! When in doubt, add some bacon to your greens and they are sure to get devoured, haha.
My dad's little anecdote is always that bacon is so good it would even be good on cardboard. While no one has ever tried it, tossing these little cabbages with some of the fat and some crispy bacon brings out their sweetness and makes them even more enjoyable to eat.
You can purchase Brussels sprouts whole or already shaved for this recipe. Some grocery stores sell them already shaved, or you can shave them on a mandoline to make quick work of them. I also like to crisp up my own bacon so I have some fat to toss the sprouts in too.
After that, you just need a little seasonings and I like an onion to bring some sweetness to the finished product. When roasted it gets nice and caramelized which also helps bring out the sweetness of the greens too.
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First, lay out the sprouts on a tray, then add the thinly sliced onion, crisped, but not to crispy bacon bits, the oil, bacon fat, salt, and pepper and toss everything together to coat.
Roast the mixture in the oven till the greens get as crispy as you like them. I like them really dark and caramelized so they get almost crispy like a chip.
Notes & Tips
I share instructions for crisping the bacon in the oven before cooking the greens. This is also a great way to cook your breakfast bacon too. Plus if you start this way, there is no cleanup cause you can just toss the foil.
If you like your sprouts a little more crispy, turn on the broiler at the end, but keep a watchful eye on them. I like a touch of char, but they can all but super fast. Never walk away from anything that is broiling.
If you like a touch of spice, add a pinch or two of red pepper flakes. Depending on what I am serving these with I sometimes sprinkle some in.
If you do not want to go the route of crisping your own bacon, use store-bought bacon bits. Just be sure they are real bacon, I like the Costco ones best. Also, replace the bacon fat with more olive oil, or if you have saved bacon fat from previous cooks use that.
I like a nice sweet yellow onion for this recipe. Shallots or Red onions would also be great.