Many times it happens that I try to make a new recipe and eventually it becomes tastier than the previous one. The same thing happened when I practiced doing some different with Brussels. Believe me, the Roasted Brussels Sprouts was a perfect recipe and I made it too many times again as well because of its taste and lovely look.
Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts is a simple and delicious dish that involves roasting trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts in the oven until they are tender and slightly caramelized. Brussels sprouts are typically tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper to enhance their natural flavor. This dish is a popular side dish for many meals and is easy to prepare, making it a great option for a quick and healthy meal. Optional additions such as garlic, bacon, or cheese can also be included to add more flavor to the dish.
This recipe can be made with two methods. I am presenting both styles here. Else, it’s up to you how you make it:
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
In order to make it with bacon I will tell you the ingredients and then the process of making the recipe as follows:
- Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- Bacon, diced
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Now have a look at the step-by-step process of making Brussels sprouts with Bacon:
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C).
- Get a large mixing bowl and toss the halved Brussels sprouts with olive oil until they're evenly coated.
- Season the Brussels sprouts with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread the Brussels sprouts out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Sprinkle the diced bacon over the Brussels sprouts.
- Roast the Brussels sprouts in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they're tender and the bacon is crispy.
Brussels Sprouts with Garlic
If you want to make this recipe by using garlic instead of bacon, it is so simple. For this, you just need to have some garlic in minced form. Else, the process is almost the same as it was in the case of making Brussels sprouts with bacon.
Trim the Brussels sprouts: Be sure to remove any loose or yellow leaves and trim the stem before halving them. This will ensure that they cook evenly and prevent any bitter taste.
Use a hot oven:
Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C) or higher to ensure the Brussels sprouts roast properly and become crispy on the outside.
Use a baking sheet:
Use a baking sheet with low sides or a rimmed baking sheet to ensure that the Brussels sprouts roast evenly and don't steam.
Toss with oil:
Toss the Brussels sprouts with olive oil or other high-temperature oils to ensure that they are evenly coated and crispy.
Season the Brussels sprouts with salt and pepper or other herbs and spices for extra flavor.
Don't overcrowd the pan:
Ensure that the Brussels sprouts are spread out in a single layer to ensure that they roast evenly.
Check the Brussels sprouts every few minutes to prevent them from burning and ensure they're roasted to your desired level of doneness.
Add some sweetness:
Drizzle some maple syrup or honey over the Brussels sprouts before roasting to add some sweetness and caramelization.
Add some crunch:
Add some chopped nuts like pecans, almonds, or walnuts in the last 5-10 minutes of cooking for extra crunch and texture.
How to Store the Brussels Sprouts
To store roasted Brussels sprouts, let them cool completely to room temperature before placing them in an airtight container. Store the container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
If you want to reheat them, you can simply microwave them for 30-60 seconds until they are heated through, or reheat them in the oven for 5-10 minutes until they are warm and crispy. If the Brussels sprouts have become a bit soggy after storage, you can reheat them in the oven at 400°F (205°C) for 5-10 minutes to crisp them up again.
One thing should be noticed that reheated Brussels sprouts may not be as crispy as when they were freshly roasted, but they will still be flavorful and delicious. Also, avoid reheating the Brussels sprouts multiple times, as this can lead to a loss of texture and flavor.
SIMPLE ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
- 1 ½ pounds Brussels sprouts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat your oven to 425F/220C. Then, cut the end off the Brussels sprouts and slice them lengthwise into halves. Some leaves may come loose and that's okay.
- Add the Brussels sprouts and any loose leaves to a sheet pan. Toss with oil, salt and pepper.
- Roast the Brussels sprouts for 25-30 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through, but don't toss the sprouts.
- Remove the Brussels sprouts from the pan and serve.
- To Store: Place leftovers in an airtight container and store for up to 3 days in the fridge.
- To Freeze: Use a freezer-safe bag or container and store for up to 3 months.
- For Reheating: Reheat in the microwave until the sprouts are warmed through. If you want to re-crisp them, bake them in a 400°F oven just until warm. Be careful not to burn.