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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]
4 slices thick-cut bacon (check labels for Whole30!)
2 lbs brussels sprouts, halved or quartered
1 sweet onion
salt and pepper
- 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.
- If you are NOT using bacon, pick up on the instructions here!
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line two baking sheets with aluminum foil. Spray them lightly with olive oil.
- 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!
- Spread the brussels sprouts out between the two baking sheets and top with sliced onions.
- Spray the sprouts and onions lightly with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chop up the bacon into small pieces, add it to the sprouts, and combine. THEN FEAST.