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Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pecans

Quick and easy roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans - This simple recipe is baked in the oven with garlic and optional Parmesan cheese. How to make the best roasted brussels sprouts. Toss with olive oil and spices and into the pan. Low carb, gluten free, whole 30, paleo.

I love brussels sprouts. I know they're an often hated vegetable, but I think they are really yummy, especially when roasted and mixed with bacon.

Because, you know, bacon. 

We have been making these roasted brussels sprouts for years, and we always enjoy them. 

Because the bacon and pecans are totally optional, you can take the extra time to add them if you have it, or you can leave them out and have awesome brussels sprouts a little quicker. They're great either way.

But come on. Bacon.

Anyway, have you ever seen a brussels sprouts plant? It's a curious stalk with big leaves that stick out on stalks, and the little sprouts form at the base of each leaf, really weird looking actually.

Here's a photo I found on flickr of brussels sprouts stalks at Whole Foods. They've obviously removed the leaves, so imagine a big, wide leaf with a long stem attached at the top of each sprout. (I think it's on top of the sprout, but it may be on the bottom. I don't exactly remember because our brussels sprouts plants don't have any sprouts just yet.) 

Quick and easy roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans - This simple recipe is baked in the oven with garlic and optional Parmesan cheese. How to make the best roasted brussels sprouts. Toss with olive oil and spices and into the pan. Low carb, gluten free, whole 30, paleo.

So one plant makes many sprouts, but once you pick them, the plant is done. They don't grow back or anything. And typically, you don't pick them until the weather gets cool, just before the first frost of the fall.

You have to grow a lot of plants to get a lot of brussels sprouts, and we don't have a lot of space, so we typically grow enough for one good sized dinner which is sad for a whole season's worth of work. But anyway.

You didn't ask me about how brussels sprouts grow, but I thought you might like to know. I always think it's interesting to know where my food comes from.

Now you know. You're welcome.

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Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pecans
Quick and easy roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans - This simple recipe is baked in the oven with garlic and optional Parmesan cheese. How to make the best roasted brussels sprouts. Toss with olive oil and spices and into the pan. Low carb, gluten free, whole 30, paleo.
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Quick and easy roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans - This simple recipe is baked in the oven with garlic and optional Parmesan cheese. How to make the best roasted brussels sprouts. Toss with olive oil and spices and into the pan. Low carb, gluten free, whole 30, paleo.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Fry the bacon using your preferred method; we just fry it in a skillet but you can bake it or do it however you want. When the bacon is done, blot it dry with a paper towel and crumble or chop it. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the bacon grease for later in the recipe (optional - you can use olive oil if you prefer, but the bacon grease will give it a very nice flavor.)
  3. Cut sprouts in half lengthwise. Add to a medium bowl with all other ingredients except bacon and pecans and toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until the sprouts are slightly browned and tender.
  5. Toss the bacon and pecans with the roasted sprouts. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

I haven't served it this way, but I think this would be great with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese on top (not the powdery stuff in the can but the real slivers of cheese that you keep in the refrigerator).

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Quick and easy roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans - This simple recipe is baked in the oven with garlic and optional Parmesan cheese. How to make the best roasted brussels sprouts. Toss with olive oil and spices and into the pan. Low carb, gluten free, whole 30, paleo.

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