I have to be honest, there are many times that I run out of ideas for side dishes. I feel like we eat the same vegetables all the time in our house! I get bored to be honest. The other day I made a couple of delicious steaks, but I was tired of the sides that we usually have. I decided to spice things up and make Brussel sprouts, but not your average Brussel sprouts. (Side note: my boyfriend doesn’t like Brussel sprouts, but I’m determined to make them in a way that he’d actually enjoy!) I wanted to take them up a notch, and BACON always does the job. When it was all said and done, they came out delicious and everyone loved them. This was so simple and easy to make! Hope you all enjoy as much as we did!
- 2 lbs of Brussel Sprouts
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 6 slices of thick cut bacon
- 1/4 cup of walnuts (roughly chopped)
- 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of balsamic glaze (your preference)
- Set oven to 400°F.
- Rinse Brussel sprouts, trim off the bottom brown part, and remove any dirty/yellow leaves.
- Next, toss Brussel sprouts in olive oil, salt and garlic powder.
- Place on a sheet pan and roast for about 30 minutes OR until you can pierce a fork through them. Toss them about three times while cooking to ensure that all sides get browned.
- While Brussel sprouts are cooking: cook bacon on a frying pan until crispy over medium/high heat. Place bacon on paper towel to remove excess oil. Roughly chop into bite size pieces.
- Once Brussel sprouts are done — add balsamic glaze, thyme, walnuts and bacon directly onto the Brussels on the sheet pan. Gently toss everything together to make sure they are all coated in balsamic.
- Place pan back into the oven and roast for an additional 3-5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!