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Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Thanksgiving menu item #2.  Bacon had to make an appearance somewhere on the buffet table, it is an American holiday all about food after all. Bacon seems quite appropriate.  And all those vegi-phobes will be giving extra thanks.



I used thick slabs of bacon so that the pieces held up when tossed with the sprouts, as opposed to crumbling into bacon bits.  Cooking bacon in the oven is a new technique for me but I have found that it is not only ridiculously easy but it also allows for uniform crispiness - which seems to elude me every time I make bacon in a frying pan.  It will also save your clothes and arms from hot grease splatter. I am sold.

Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Serves:

serves 4-6 as a side

Ingredients

1 lb Brussels sprouts

4 oz thick-cut bacon

salt and pepper

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Preparation

Preheat your oven to 450˚F and lay bacon strips in a single layer on a rack set on top of a rimmed baking sheet. Cook for 15-20 minutes (the time will really depend on how thick your bacon is) and once done, keep the rendered fat captured in the sheet pan.

Prep the brussels sprouts: rinse and remove any discolored bits then make sure to dry completely (you can do this with a towel or just letting them air dry.

Toss the sprouts in the bacon grease, coating fully. Season with salt and pepper (maybe some chili flakes if you like things spicy).

Cook at 450˚F for 20-25 minutes, until nicely charred and can be pierced with a knife (with slight resistance, you don’t want complete mush).

Chop the cooled bacon and combine with the cooked sprouts in a serving bowl, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

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