Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Potato and Bacon.

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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…

Brussels Dish

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.

Enjoy!

Brussels, sweet potato and bacon

Brussels with Sweet Potato and Bacon.

Serves 3-4. Inspired by How Sweet Eats.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.

Sweet Potato and Brussels

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.

Brussels and Salmon

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?

42 Comments

  1. yummmmm…roasting makes everything better!!!!
    Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes recently posted..Buttery Parsnip and Sweet Potato MashMy Profile

  2. I was kind of ambivalent towards Brussels sprouts as a kid too because my parents would only ever steam them. Once I tried roasting them, I fell in love. I seriously can’t eat them any other way now!
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  3. I hated brussels sprouts as a kid. But today? Yes – but ONLY roasted I really love how crispy they get. This looks like such a perfect combo!
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  4. I never really ate brussels sprouts as a child, but the first time I roasted them myself, I was hooked! I almost always prefer roasted veg over raw or steamed- so much more flavour comes out!
    Gabby @ the veggie nook recently posted..guest post: get up smoothie and your breakfast revolution with mad & nadMy Profile

  5. I only really remember eating brussels sprouts on one occasion as a little kid, and I definitely wasn’t a fan. Fast forward a good handful of years and I do find myself liking them, but now my stomach isn’t a big fan so I don’t eat them all that often. Roasting is for.sure the way to go with those guys, though. As for bacon, that’s another thing I never really got into. My parents didn’t eat it when I was growing up so I guess it never really caught on with me? I’ll toss it into roulades when I’m making them, but other than that, not a food that usually pops into my head. Cover it in chocolate and I may be more inclined, though
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    • I actually don’t think I liked bacon as a kid – I liked cereal in the mornings and whenever we went out for breakfast or whatever, I usually went for pancakes. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve realized how much a slice of bacon or two adds flavour to a dish. Annnd while I’ve never tried chocolate covered bacon, I totally would

  6. I did not eat brussels growing up either, and just discovered them LAST Thanksgiving when my in-laws had them roasted. They were so divine. I proceeded to eat a whole bag of them for dinner the next night, and then realized the next morning on my run they don’t… “sit well” with me, if you know what I mean. Let’s just say that was the closest call I EVER had during a run!!! So I stopped eating a whole bag at a time and it’s better. Stupid me can’t do anything in moderation- not even eating healthy food. It’s the whole bag or NOTHING.
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  7. Well… minus the bacon this looks delicious! I know, I know… how don’t I like bacon…
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  8. I love Brussels sprouts. As a kid I WANTED to love them because I thought they were so cute! I prefer roasted veggies.
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  9. So many good things all together! I never had them as a kid. We didn’t eat them at home because my parents didn’t like them. I roasted them for the rents one day though, and mom had a total turnaround. Dad’s still not going there. haha
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  10. I’m definitely making this! I actually made something similar on Thanksgiving using brussel sprouts, butternut squash, crumbled turkey bacon, and goat cheese! Sounds weird, but it was great topped with some plain Greek yogurt. I was weird and always loved brussel sprouts growing up!

  11. I’m probably in the minority here, but I don’t like bacon ah! But I do love me some baby cabbages. And roasted, always roasted

  12. I love Brussels sprouts; although, when I was a kid, I wouldn’t even touch them. I like them when they’re roasted the best! I love that you paired them with sweet potatoes, plus, you can never go wrong with adding some bacon. Yummy!
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  13. you KNOW i’m ALL OVER THIS

  14. I can eat any vegetable in the world so long as it’s covered in bacon!

  15. I love veggies in all ways, but roasted is definitely my favorite! My tummy does not like raw vegetables so roasting seems to be the safer option, too! I’ve always loved brussel sprouts growing up, but my brother hates them. Maybe I should try roasting up a batch to see if he’ll eat them then!
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  16. I have yet to roast brussels, but I have tried them sauteed on the stove. I thought they were pretty good, but I trust that they are definitely better roasted. Like you said, most veggies are! Although I might prefer cauliflower steamed.
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  17. This looks AMAZING!! I love brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes!! YUM!! Thanks for sharing!
    Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com recently posted..Thankful Thursdays: Gluten FreeMy Profile

  18. These look so good – and now I’m wishing I could eat brussel sprouts!

    My go to side dish would probably have to be sauteed garlic asparagus – I can’t get enough asparagus now that it’s spring in Australia!
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  19. That looks so good Sam- I was like you until I entered the blogging world and found these amazing things. I think here Brussels get an unfair stigma as a kid, but now…I reckon they trump most veggies.

    Roasted without a doubt- except for broccoli which I love steamed! I’m going to a brunch this weekend and my friend is making bacon cupcakes!
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  20. Roasted veggies all the way baby! Love em!
    Go to side: salad orrrrrr roasted veggies! Lol
    And I LOVE bacon! But it HAS to be crispy…none of that flaccid stuff, yo! Favorite way to eat it would definitely be in a breakfast sandwich with a runny egg!
    I HATED brussels as a kid…like so many other veggies! Glad I finally came to my senses though!

    Good call with this flavor combo!! Seriously, bacon makes EVERYTHING better!
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  21. This is perfect! I have four sweet potatoes sitting in my kitchen and no idea how to use them. Thanks for the inspiration
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