Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Onions & Bacon

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I loooooove me some good roasted brussels sprouts.  A little burnt, with some crispy leaves, all caramelized and sweet.  My standard roasted brussels are just sprouts, sliced onion, olive oil, salt, and pepper.  But today, when I went to prep and roast my monster 2lb bag of sprouts from Sam's Club ($5, seriously, can you beat it?), I remembered that I had BACONNNN in the fridge.  And if you CAN bacon, you should ALWAYS bacon.

If you don't want to bacon, I promise these are KILLER with just the sprouts and onions.  That's how I usually make them and I LOOOVE them that way!


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with ONIONS & BACON

[Whole30 - Paleo - Gluten Free - Grain Free - Dairy Free]

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Ingredients:

4 slices thick-cut bacon (check labels for Whole30!)

2 lbs brussels sprouts, halved or quartered

1 sweet onion

olive oil

salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. First, cook your bacon.  You can either do this in the oven or in a skillet.  Either way, you want to get it crispy, remove to paper towels to drain, and reserve the rendered fat.
  2. If you are NOT using bacon, pick up on the instructions here!
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.  Spray them lightly with olive oil.
  4. You want the sprouts to be consistently sized so they cook evenly, so cut them in half or in quarters, depending on how big they are.  Cut onion into 1/4 inch or thinner slices.
    TIP:  Some people also tell you to remove outer leaves at this point.  I leave them on because it's easier, and they taste good when they get all browned and crispy!
  5. Spread the brussels sprouts out between the two baking sheets and top with sliced onions.
  6. Spray the sprouts and onions lightly with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
  7. If you so choose, drizzle the brussels sprouts and onions with a little bit of the reserved bacon fat.  Toss to coat and evenly distribute oil/fat and salt and pepper.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.  At this point, the bottoms should be starting to get a bit browned.  Stir/flip the sprouts, and return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
  9. Check for doneness -- if this is the way you like to eat them, they're done!  If you prefer them to be softer, cook for a few more minutes.
  10. Chop up the bacon into small pieces, add it to the sprouts, and combine.  THEN FEAST.

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