Roasted Brussels Sprouts with bacon and hazelnuts

Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and hazelnuts |

Brussels Sprouts…. I used to really hate them when I was a kid. I didn’t just think they were not good, I thought they were little balls of stinking snot… Yuck… So when Tom told me – we must have been living together for a couple of years at that time – that he really liked Brussels sprouts I looked at him pitiful. ‘Seriously?? You like them?? Well don’t expect me to ever cook them for you!’ That was more or less my response. But ok, I knew by than that my mum just wasn’t the best of cooks and there were a couple of other things I didn’t like growing up that turned out to be surprisingly good once made differently. (like kale for instance)

Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and hazelnuts |

So when I saw a recipe featuring Brussels Sprouts at some point in a mash together with some other veggies I figured it would be a safe dish to give those little snot balls another try. And so it happened; and they were ok. Not world changing or anything but just ok. Ok enough to let go of my sprouts phobia just a little bit, but not as much that I would be buying them on my own free will all of a sudden. And that remained like that for a while until – well until I made this dish really.

Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and hazelnuts |

Because wow… how good is this!! By roasting them they get a completely different flavor than the taste I’ve been used to growing up. This is good. Really really good. And the hazelnuts and bacon go together really well too. I roasted the Brussels sprouts in some garlic oil and a little bit of lemon oil. It’s a crime to ever cook these darlings again!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with hazelnuts and bacon

Obviously when you do not have garlic or lemon oil, you can use regular olive oil and add a bit of garlic and/or lemon


  • 500 gram Brussels sprouts (go for the smaller ones)
  • 150 gram bacon, cut into strips
  • 3 tbsp garlic oil
  • 1 onion, cut roughly
  • 75 gram hazelnuts, roasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp of lemon oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 220 C.
  2. Clean the Brussels Sprouts and cut them in half or in quarters if they're big. Put into a large baking tray so they don't crowd each other.
  3. Add the slices of bacon and onion. Mix together.
  4. Add the garlic oil and the lemon oil and stir everything through so all sprouts are covered with a big of oil.
  5. Add salt and pepper and put into the preheated oven. Stir it all halfway through the baking time.
  6. As soon as they are done (try one of them to make sure) put into a serving tray and sprinkle with the roasted hazelnuts.

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over. She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats. Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer


  1. A fantastic combo! Very tasty.



  2. I simply adore nuts with veggie dishes! This looks fabulous!

  3. Hehe at Snot Balls! I guess they are green πŸ˜› Mercifully my parents never fed me these so I don’t have any childhood memories of them. But I do love them with bacon I must admit πŸ˜€

  4. Hi Simone,
    I know what you mean… I hated them as a kid and my mum would always make them this time of the year around the new years celebrations. It was a torture each time as a child! ^.^ I think kids in general rarely like Brussels sprouts because their taste receptors are much more sensible. Also as you said it, roasting is the way to go for brussels sprouts, I think that makes a huge difference in the flavor of the dish. I like all the ingredients that you have added and I think I would enjoy your brussels sprouts with hazelnut and bacon. =) Cheers, I wish you a happy new year!

    • I seriously don’t k ow why my mum always made them as well.. I’m guessing because they were cheap and with a family with four kids…. But still none of us liked them so it was always a waste of veggies… Happy new year to you too Helene!

  5. Simone, these Brussels Sprouts look amazing! I have to admit – the first time I made them, I failed miserably and cooked them to long. But, these definitely make me want to try them again! Pinned!

  6. These brussel sprouts look delicious, Simone! I love the addition of bacon and hazelnuts. Gives it so much flavor! Yum!

  7. Haha, I used to really hate brussels sprouts too! I still think they stink, but they taste so good it is worth the smell πŸ™‚ I think I finally came around to them when I had them roasted, they are so delicious when you roast them. And adding bacon and hazelnuts!? That sounds amazing!

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