These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic are the ideal, super easy, low carb dinner side for any meal. Crispy, salty, and savory bites with a light sweetness and acidity make it such a balanced side. You only need six ingredients to get these incredibly delicious brussel sprouts!
We absolutely love brussels sprouts. This particular dish reminds us of those sides of crispy brussels sprouts you order at restaurants, but made at home! Truly, they’re super simple to make, you just need a few staple ingredients, and about an hour from start to finish. The key to getting these brussels sprouts nice and crispy are cooking them at a pretty high temperature, and personally, we think it’s our Lodge Cast Iron baking sheet, that was gifted to u us from our friends at Lodge Cast Iron. More on that later.
You can serve these roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and balsamic with a variety of proteins for a perfect dinner that tastes and looks fancy, but is truthfully incredibly easy to make. Serve it with a steak, a glass of red wine, and these creamy mashed turnips with garlic and onions for the perfect date night dinner at home. You can truly serve it with any protein you want, to take your dinner from bleh to – DELISH.
Here’s What We Used For These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic:
- Brussels sprouts, halved with leaves loosened
- Avocado oil
- Bacon (we used Kiolbassa Smoked Meats peppered bacon)
- Kosher salt (Diamond Kosher)
- Ground black pepper
- Balsamic vinegar of choice (we used the lowest carb count we could find, like this Bertolli)
What Balsamic Vinegar Should I Use?
You can truly use whatever balsamic vinegar is your favorite. We chose this one by Bertolli, because it was only 2g of carbs and sugar per serving, which is the lowest we have come across! Do be aware that some brands of balsamic vinegar are quite packed with sugar and it will vary a lot from brand to brand. Glazes in general will have a lot more carbs and sugar than other varieties. Just be aware that whatever brand you choose will effect the end result in terms of carb count.
What Is The Secret To Making These Brussels Sprouts Crispy?
We think it’s a couple things that makes our brussels sprouts nice and crisp. One of our big tips is making sure your oven is nice and hot. Roasting these brussels sprouts at 400°F for about 30 minutes is pretty key. Make sure to toss these brussels sprouts with bacon and balsamic halfway through will ensure pretty even browning.
We also mentioned that our Lodge Cast Iron baking sheet is a must have in our kitchen. What we love about this baking sheet is that first, it’s made of cast iron! This ensures even heat that holds for a long time. You can heat your pan up in the oven while it preheats tp get an even more crispy contact with the pan. This sheet will get really hot without warping like an ordinary baking sheet. We also don’t often use parchment paper on this sheet. Parchment definitely wasn’t needed for this recipe, and in general, it’s not needed for cast iron itself since it’s naturally non-stick when you keep it well seasoned. We will be releasing a cast iron care guide in early 2021, so keep your eye out for that!
How To Reheat These Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic:
We don’t really think that these tasty morsels will last long, since they never do in our house! However, you can keep them for up to five days in the fridge after you make them. To reheat, we’d recommend cooking in a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat until warmed through. Alternatively, you could place them on a baking sheet, and put them under a low broiler for 5-10 minutes, tossing halfway through to ensure even browning.
What Bacon Should I Use?
It’s truly a preference thing when it comes to which type of bacon you use. You could use bacon bits, but we prefer to use something high quality and thick cut, like this awesome peppered bacon by our friends at Kiolbassa Smoked Meats. We love all the fat that renders out while cooking. It will coat the brussel sprouts really well and give them even more flavor, as well as prevent them from sticking to anything.
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How to Make These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic:
Prep all of your ingredients ahead of time. It will make your life a lot easier when it all comes together. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Clean your brussels sprouts, trim off the ends, then cut them in half, reserving any loose leaves or bits that fall off. Cut the bacon into small bits.
In a large bowl, combine the brussels sprouts, bacon, avocado oil, and about half the salt and pepper.
Transfer to a baking sheet, and spread evenly so maximize contact with the pan to ensure crispy bites.
Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through. When it’s finished, add remaining balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot!
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Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic
- 1.5 lbs brussel sprouts, trimmed, halved and leaves loosened (this will be about 2 pounds of brussel sprouts before you trim them if you are starting with whole)
- 20 oz thick cut bacon, cut into small pieces (Kiolbassa Smoked Meats peppered bacon)
- 3 tbsp avocado oil
- 6 tbsp balsamic vinegar (divided)
- 1 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper (or to taste)
- Preheat oven to 400F. Trim your brussel sprouts and cut them in half, loosening the leaves that fall off but including them for cooking. Cut the bacon into small bite sized pieces.
- In a bowl, combine brussel sprouts, bacon bits, avocado oil, and about 3-4 tbsp of balsamic vinegar, reserving the remaining for later. Season with about half of the salt and pepper, reserving more for later. Transfer to a baking sheet, and spread evenly so maximize contact with the pan to ensure crispy bites.
- Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through. When it's finished, add remaining balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot!
- When the sprouts come out of the oven, season them with a bit more salt and pepper, and add the remaining balsamic to the dish to taste. Serve hot!
These nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy and are only estimates. We cannot guarantee the accuracy.