I was never really all that passionate about brussels sprouts.
It seems that people either really, really love them, or really, really hate them. I was never one or the other – I didn’t really eat them growing up (my mom falls into the ‘dislike’ category on the baby cabbages) and once I tried them for the first time, they were just ‘meh’ to me.
But of course, one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in the last few years of reading blogs is that roasted > any other method when it comes to veggies. I refuse to touch raw cauliflower or broccoli, but roasted? Sign.me.up.
So of course, this applies to brussels as well. Steamed, they’re just kind of meh. But roasted? Delicious. And then I started thinking about how I could make them better…
It should be a universal rule that bacon makes everything better. Because frankly, it does – I mean, people are making chocolate covered bacon these days, right? Which by the way, I haven’t tried yet, but I definitely would if given the opportunity.
Ok, so brussels and bacon. I wanted to add a little sweetness in there as well, so I decided that sweet potato would be a good way to go. Obviously they’re delicious, but the added carbs makes this literally the perfect side dish. I served this alongside salmon, and it was an amazing dinner.
Brussels with Sweet Potato and Bacon.
Serves 3-4. Inspired by How Sweet Eats.
- 3 slices bacon
- about 4 cups brussels sprouts, halves and stems removed
- 1 large sweet potato, chopped into small pieces
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat a skillet to medium high heat. Add bacon and cook, flipping occasionally, until crispy. Remove from pan and set aside on paper towels. When cool, crumble into small pieces.
2. Meanwhile, prepare sweet potatoes and brussels. Place on cookie sheet lined with tinfoil.
3. Drizzle leftover bacon grease over sweet potatoes and brussels. Add pepper and basil. Toss. Spray with non-stick cooking spray (it will make the brussels and the potatoes even crispier).
4. Place in oven and cook for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
5. Remove from oven. Add crumbled bacon and serve.
Added bacon = happiness.
Have a good one!
<— raw, steamed or roasted veggies?
<— What are your go-to side dishes?
<— Are you a bacon fan? What’s your favourite way to eat it? Bacon wrapped scallops = heaven.
<— How did you feel about brussels sprouts when you were a kid?