You’ve never tasted Brussels sprouts until you have tasted these roasted brussels sprouts with bacon bits and hazelnuts!

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Roasted Brussels sprouts

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 with horror.

‘Seriously?? You like them?? Don’t expect me to ever cook them for you!’ That was more or less my response. But ok, I knew by then 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)

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Let’s try roasting

My first ever attempt at making Brussels sprouts myself was in a dish with potato mash. It was ok. Which was saying a lot really. Given my history. So from there I wanted to give roasting a try, because roasting make everything better. Or at least most things. So I decided to roast them in the oven with little bits of bacon and hazelnuts.

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Magic happened

And that’s when the magic happened. It turned out that I really like Brussels sprouts if cooked in this way. The roasting creates an entirely different flavor and as an extra bonus; it doesn’t make your whole house stink of cabbage.

Cleaning the Brussels sprouts

One downside of these roasted Brussels sprouts is the fact that you will have to clean them. I tend to go for smaller ones as I think the flavor is better, but that also means more work. I cut of the end for each and if they’re bigger I cut them in two. This will decrease the roasting time and add extra crispy edges. Which is what I really love.

What to serve with the Brussels sprouts?

I usually eat them like this. I don’t add anything to it, but you can eat it with mashed potato if you like. This will also be a really good side dish for Christmas. Serve the roasted Brussels sprouts with some leg of lamb for instance for a super easy and delicious dish. It will also go really well with stuff pork loin or a roasted ham.

Alternatives

If you’re looking for a vegetarian version of the roasted Brussels sprouts, I have good news for you. It is very easy to transform into a vegetarian or even a vegan dish. Just leave out the bacon and you’re done.

You can also vary with the nuts you add. Sometimes I add almonds or almond slivers, but I also love using pecan nuts or cashew.

A note on the amount

I tend to take roughly a kilo of uncleaned Brussels sprouts for 4 people. They do shrink somewhat in the oven and loose some moisture so a kilo sounds like a lot but it’s not. As a side dish this will be enough for 4.

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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
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1000 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 lemon oil or olive oil
  • pepper and salt to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 220˚ C. (428˚F)
  • 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.
  • Add the slices of bacon and onion. Mix together.
  • Add the garlic oil and the lemon oil and stir everything through so all sprouts are covered with a big of oil.
  • Add salt and pepper and put into the preheated oven. Stir it all halfway through the baking time.
  • As soon as they are done (try one of them to make sure) put into a serving tray and sprinkle with the roasted hazelnuts.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Dutch
Keyword: bacon, Brussels sprouts, hazelnuts
Diet: Paleo

Nutrition Information

Calories: 485kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 23g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 312mg, Potassium: 1215mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 1903IU, Vitamin C: 216mg, Calcium: 135mg, Iron: 5mg

Disclaimer

The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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