Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Sorry it's been a bit scarce here and on our Instagram and Facebook - we had a super busy weekend and work weeks last week!

And that hasn't stopped, but we NEED someone else to love this dish as much as we do and make it soon.

Brussels sprouts get kind of a bad rap - they are weird looking and smell sort of strange and everyone had them when they were kids in the worst possible way - boiled.

But! Brussels sprouts are actually super delicious, they're good for you, and they go so well with so many things. Plus, we're huge proponents of the "add bacon and it will taste good" school of thought, so even if you're on the fence about Brussels sprouts, give this one-pan side a try!

Sorry for the raw bacon pic but look how pretty!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
serves 4 as a side

1 to 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, ends cut off and halved
1 pound bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 sheet pan
Garlic powder*
Smoked paprika

1. Line a sheet pan with foil for easy cleanup and preheat oven to 425F.

2. When oven is heated, spread sprouts and bacon evenly in a single layer over the pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika (all to taste) over the entire pan.

3. Bake for 30 minutes or until bacon is crisp and sprouts are starting to get crispy dark edges.

4. Removed and let sit for 5 minutes, then serve!

Under Nom Nom Paleo's Cracklin Chicken on top of roasted garlic mashed potatoes!
We like this as a side, with roasted potatoes, with scrambled eggs, pretty much with anything. It's easy, hardly any cleanup is required - and you only have to chop 2 things! - plus, you're eating a delicious and under-appreciated vegetable! That's food karma right there!

*why garlic powder and not garlic? Garlic can get bitter if it roasts for too long, and powder works just as well here. If you're going to keep a really close eye on it, feel free to use minced garlic cloves!

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