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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic and Bacon

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Have you ever wanted to cook Brussel Sprouts? Maybe you want to up your Brussel Sprouts game? Or maybe you are on the Keto diet and looking for something tasty to make and eat? This Roasted Brussel Sprouts with garlic and bacon recipe is for you. Growing up I was not a fan of Brussel sprouts, I thought they were gross. They looked like little cabbages but didn’t taste like them. Then one day my perspective changed forever. I was on a work trip and eating dinner at a steak place and my manager I was with ordered roasted Brussel Sprouts. I tried them and they were incredible, I couldn’t believe they could taste like that. It was then that I fell in love with roasted Brussel Sprouts with garlic and bacon. If I can make them you can make them, let’s get started! 🙂

Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools

First we need to gather together all of our ingredients and tools. We don’t need a whole lot of ingredients to make these Brussel Sprouts taste amazing. Here is what you will need:

  • Brussel Sprouts – I always like to get Brussel Sprouts that are medium to small in size. You can use the larger ones if you like but then you will have to cut them up a few times and they don’t look as nice. Make sure to wash them beforehand.
  • Olive Oil – I like to use extra virgin olive oil. It is a healthy oil and helps to give a mild flavor.
  • Fresh Garlic Cloves – Fresh garlic is always a nice touch when you are wanting to kick up the flavor profile for veggies like these. Crush the cloves and take off their skins/peels. It isn’t dangerous to eat the peels but they are papery and not super appetizing. But if you get some in with everything don’t fret.
  • Bacon – oh yeah now we are talking! I love bacon, bacon makes everything better especially Brussel Sprouts. I generally elect for nice thick cuts of applewood smoked bacon, mmm yummy.
  • Balsamic vinegar – The balsamic vinegar will add a hint of sweetness to balance out the salty flavor. It winds up being a perfect marriage of flavors.
  • Salt and Pepper – You can never go wrong adding salt and pepper to a dish like this. I find that even though the bacon is salty extra salt is needed to get it just right. Use a nice table salt, or you can for for a coarse salt like kosher or sea salt if you wish.
  • Garlic powder – This is purely optional, I like more of a garlic taste and instead of adding too many garlic cloves I like to finish it off with some garlic powder.
A variety of roasted Brussels sprouts ingredients in glass bowls on a wooden table.

Tools

For the tools you will need the following:

  • Cast iron or stainless steel skillet (oven safe) or you can use a 9×13 pan and skip the stovetop step.
  • Tongs – it is always good to have a good pair of tongs in the kitchen, they are very handy.
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Step 2: Prep the Brussel Sprouts

First preheat the oven to 400 F (205 C). Make sure to wash and dry your Brussel sprouts. Next cut off about 1/4 inch of the ends. Then cut them in half lengthwise or leave then whole if they are small. If they are really large, cut them in 4ths. They look more presentable as small whole ones, but that is entirely my own preference, it doesn’t effect the taste. Prep the garlic by cutting each end, then removing the shell, then cut those in half. Prep the bacon, but taking 3 to 4 strips and cut them in small pieces.

Hand cutting Brussels Sprouts with a knife on a white cutting board.

Step 3: Sizzling time!

Take a cast iron or stainless steel (oven safe) pan and heat it up between medium and medium high heat. Add in most of your oil, and let the oil heat up for a few minutes. Then you can start to add the Brussel sprouts, cut side down.

Brussels Sprouts half lying cut side down in a stainless steel skillet with oil.

Step 4: Turn, Add, Cook

Using your tongs you can turn over any Sprouts to have their cut side down, you don’t have to get too crazy with it, I don’t do them all. Then add in your garlic and bacon pieces. Let the Brussel Sprouts cook for a few minutes until the flat side looks nice and brown. Then place the pan in the oven. While in the oven, every 7 to 8 minutes take them out and move them around with tongs, to ensure even roasting. They will wind up cooking for about 30 minutes or so in the oven. You can skip the stovetop cooking step, and just add the Brussel sprouts, garlic, and bacon, in a 9×13 pan, and go straight in the oven as well if you like. 🙂

Tongs grabbing Brussels sprouts in a stainless steel skillet.

Step 5: Season and Serve

When they come out of the oven they will be nice and roasted and the bacon will be crisp. Next season them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then add in your balsamic vinegar. Now you are ready to serve! Roasted Brussel Sprouts with garlic and bacon go really well paired with steak, mmm steak. They also taste the best warm, in my opinion. Enjoy! 🙂

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Stainless steel skillet on a wooden table holding roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic and Bacon

The best way to eat Brussel Sprouts are roasted. This roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic and Bacon recipe is really easy to make and is a great side dish. I will admit growing up I did not like eating Brussel Sprouts, but now they are one of my favorite things to eat. This recipe is also Keto friendly.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Oven Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, easy, healthy, roasted, vegetables
Servings: 6
Calories: 167kcal

Equipment

  • Cast iron or stainless steel skillet or use a 9×13 pan
  • Tongs
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Ingredients

  • About 1 pound of Brussel Sprouts washed (450g)
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. of olive oil 30 to 45ml
  • 4 to 6 garlic cloves halved
  • 3 to 4 strips of bacon certainly add more or less or leave it out
  • 1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar 15ml
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste

Instructions

  • First preheat the oven to 400 F (205 C). Make sure to wash and dry your Brussel sprouts. Next cut off about 1/4 inch of the ends. Then cut them in half lengthwise. If they are really large, cut them in 4ths. 🙂 Prep the garlic by cutting each end, then removing the shell, then cut those in half. Prep the bacon, but taking 3 to 4 strips and cut them in small pieces.
  • Take a cast iron or stainless steel (oven safe) pan and heat it up between medium and medium high heat. Add in most of your oil, and let the oil heat up for a few minutes. Then you can start to add the Brussel sprouts, cut side down.
  • Using your tongs you can turn over any Sprouts to have their cut side down, you don't have to get too crazy with it, I don't do them all. Then add in your garlic and bacon pieces. Let the Brussel Sprouts cook for a few minutes until the flat side looks nice and brown. Then place the pan in the oven. While in the oven, every 7 to 8 minutes take them out and move them around with tongs, to ensure even roasting. They will wind up cooking for about 30 minutes or so in the oven. You can skip the stovetop cooking step, and just add the Brussel sprouts, garlic, and bacon, in a 9×13 pan, and go straight in the oven. 🙂
  • When they come out of the oven they will be nice and roasted evenly and the bacon will be crispy. Next season them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Then add in your balsamic vinegar. Now you are ready to serve! Serve them warm. Enjoy! 🙂

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Notes

Nutrition facts based on 6 servings, this portion size is fairly small. You can make it more healthy by adding less bacon. But that is ill-advised…lol Just kidding. 🙂 
List of nutritional facts for the roasted Brussel sprouts

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