Roasting brings out the sweetness hiding inside brussels sprouts. You can pair roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, pecans, and Parmesan cheese, and you have a winning side dish for any meal!
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.)
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.
If you like brussels sprouts, you may also be interested in how to roast them from frozen.
Roasting fresh brussels sprouts is so easy and so tasty that I can’t imagine why you’d prepare them any other way. And, bacon.
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