Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese is a flavorful dish and I promise that all of your skeptical, picky eaters who turn up their noses at the mention of “Brussels Sprouts” will quickly become converts when presented with my revitalized recipe.
My healthy, modernized twist on this tired vegetable is roasting the Brussels Sprouts with bacon, onions, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, extra-virgin olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Prepared in this fashion, the unpopular brussels sprouts flavor is camouflaged. The result is a crunchy, crispy dish with silky onions that is irresistible to pass up at the table!
These brussels sprouts are SO delicious, no one will ever believe they’re eating them.
Brussels sprouts are at their best during the winter months, when the cold weather concentrates their sugars and brings out their nutty flavor. They are little cousins to the cabbage, but with a lot less pungent nature and they are a natural match for bacon and onions. And, of course adding a little Parmesan cheese doesn’t hurt either!
Ingredients and Notes for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese:
Bacon: Liz and I love the flavor of bacon but not fond of the fat that comes along with it. So we strip most of the fat beforehand from the bacon and use only the leaner pieces. Using a package of smoked, uncured bacon in this recipe, adds so much flavor to the Brussels sprouts.
Garlic Powder: works wonders with this vegetable, so don’t leave it out. No need to add too many seasonings.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: prefer EVOO (instead of butter), it adds a healthy flavor.
Onion: one onion chopped always adds flavor to the sprouts.
Parmesan Cheese: before the sprouts are completely roasted, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese over them and return them to roast a few more minutes until the cheese melts. This will infuse and enhance all the flavors making them even more delicious.
As you know, we believe adding a little Parmesan cheese makes everything taste better. We can’t help it.
These days, my family adores roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, even my Maria who is the picky eater in the family! A great side dish to serve for the holidays.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese will compliment any meat entree!
Try this recipe with friends and family, I promise they will be asking for seconds.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese:
1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, cleaned- sliced in halves
1 medium onion- chopped
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
3 to 4 slices Smoked Uncured Bacon, excess fat removed, chopped
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
olive oil cooking spray
2 to 3 Tbsp. ( or more) grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray the bottom of a large roasting pan with cooking spray and set aside. Remove 3 to 4 slices of bacon from its package, trim and discard excess fat from the bacon and chop into pieces. Set aside.
Spread Brussels sprouts in a single layer in the prepared roasting pan.
Scatter the chopped onion, garlic powder, salt and crushed red pepper flakes over them.
Drizzle olive oil over them. Sprinkle with pieces of lean bacon on top.
Place the pan in the center of the oven. Roast, uncovered for 15 minutes and stir or shake the pan once, and continue roasting until Brussels sprouts are browned and tender, about 25-30 minutes total.
Optional: For the last 5 minutes, remove from oven, sprinkle Parmesan cheese over them and return to oven for the last 3 to 5 minutes, or until Parmesan cheese is melted.
Remove and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve.
Serves 5 to 6
Go ahead and PIN it to your Vegetable and Dinner Boards!