Next Level Brussels Sprouts
These Next Level Brussels Sprouts are Amazing!
Been living Keto for over 5 years now and Brussels Sprouts have been a mainstay in my regular rotation of side dishes. I also often order Brussels Sprouts when I go out to eat to see how different chefs prepare this trending veg.
Most restaurants hit it out of the park with a crispy, caramelized texture due to the deep fryers they have access to.
This is not easy to pull off at home but I have been at it for a while and can say you are gonna love these Next Level Brussels Sprouts… and just in time to impress your Turkey Day dinner guests!
If you are still in the “Hate Brussels Spouts” camp I can understand why. My wife and I ate at a more “old school” seafood place recently, and trying to be keto, ordered the Brussels Sprouts. What came out was a bowl of pale-green, steamed, mushy Brussels Sprouts that were clearly, either targeting their older clientele, or on the menu just to attempt to be on-trend. If your only reference point is like this… I get it!
Trust me – Try this recipe and you just may be converted!
Best to use a larger pan to not crowd the Brussels Sprouts. I like a large ceramic one but a large sheet pan will work as well.
- 4 cups Brussels Sprouts
- 1/2 ounce thick cut smoked bacon (3 slices)
- 1 small red onion
- 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1/8 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1 tsp. kosher flake salt
- 1 tsp. Fresh ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees - on convection if you have that option.
- In a large sheet pan or ceramic baking dish combine the following: Brussels Sprouts (stems trimmed then cut in half), Bacon (sliced into small strips), Red onion (quartered and separated), Toss and evenly coat with Extra Virgin olive oil.
- Add salt and pepper and toss again.
- Roast for 30 minutes - only stir Brussels Sprouts 1x at the 15 minute mark.
- In a small sauce pan on low heat, reduce balsamic vinegar by half - aprox. 7 minutes.
- Serve on a large plater toped with crumbled goat cheese and drizzled balsamic reduction.
- For best results only open oven once mid way to stir Brussels Sprouts for even browning and caramelization.
- Don't worry if some leaves are darker brown or even a little black - these are the crunchy ones and taste best!
- Use a good smoked bacon - It will crisp up, add a smoky flavor and make all the difference.