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posted: 11/03/19

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I’m proud to be partnering with Meijer to bring you this perfect easy side dish.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon is a simple and easy side dish that your family will keep coming back to. Steamed right in the tray you bake it in with lots of delicious bacon and parmesan flavor, these roasted Brussels sprouts are a keeper!

overhead view of a black bowl on a cutting board filled with roasted brussels sprouts with bacon

We have gotten to that amazing time of year again! The holidays! I love creating recipes for you all year long, but there is something that brings me an extra special burst of joy to create recipes for you around the holidays. I love knowing that these recipes in particular are going to be used for celebration and bringing people together.

Reader Review

This recipe is my absolute favorite! When I speak about making Brussel Sprouts in my house they all know this is what they are eating! Definitely a family favorite. 10 out of 10 would recommend!

Creating Perfect Holiday Sides

One of the things that is key to making a great side dish recipe, especially a holiday side dish, is great ingredients. So many of my holiday sides are primarily just vegetables. My Bacon Wrapped Asparagus and my Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes – both perfect for holidays and weeknights – are perfect examples.

Since great produce is such an important part of making holidays special, I am heading to my local Meijer store (as I always do) to make sure I get the best. Meijer buys locally, which I love for so many reasons. I think we all are learning the importance of supporting local farmers. But buying locally also means that it can go from the farm to your table that much faster.

collage photo of chopped raw brussels sprouts on one side and cubed sweet potatoes in the other

When I was at Meijer recently, I grabbed two of my holiday staples: Brussels Sprouts and sweet potatoes. I love that you can do both so many different ways. What I found at Meijer, was plump, fresh, and something that will work perfectly on a Thanksgiving table. Using the sweet potatoes I made my Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes. And I added bacon and cheese to the Brussels Sprouts to make Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon!

It’s okay to get super excited right now.

How to Cook Brussels Sprouts in the Oven

This method for roasting Brussels Sprouts works perfectly every time. You can create different flavor profiles by what you add to your Brussels sprouts before roasting.

You then seal the whole thing up in a big rimmed baking sheet with a little water. The water inside the sealed pan creates steam that will make the Brussels Sprouts tender.

Then you take off the foil, and they get nice and crispy as they continue to bake. In the end you get perfect roasted Brussels Sprouts.

overhead photo of a rimmed baking sheet with raw brussels sprouts - all the cut sides down - and raw bacon pieces on top

overhead photo of rimmed bacon sheet with roasted brussels sprouts, cooked bacon, and garnished heavily with freshly shaven parmesan cheese

Making Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Adding bacon to the above method really puts these Brussels Sprouts over the top. While they are covered and steaming, the fat drips down around them and delicious bacon flavor.

When you take off the foil, the bacon crisps up. It leaves you with the perfect mix of roasted Brussels Sprout flavor and delicious bacon. It ends up being the perfect easy side dish recipe.

If you want to make a twist on this recipe, but without the bacon, you should try my Crispy Brussels Sprouts.

antique spoon holding oven roasted brussels sprouts with bacon

Picking Parmesan Cheese for your Brussels Sprouts

I had a dish similar to this at a restaurant recently, and they added freshly grated parmesan cheese over the top of their baked Brussels Sprouts. And not like a little cheese. They went all out.

There is something about freshly grated parmesan cheese that is unlike any other. I grabbed a wedge of parmesan from Meijer’s awesome cheese cooler, and very liberally grated it over this roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe right as it came out of the oven.

You could absolutely buy pre-grated cheese, but the quality will be really different. It won’t have that delicious soft texture that you can see so gorgeously coats the Brussels Sprouts in these photos.

Other Great Side Dishes

Since a warm and inviting holiday table is usually covered with delicious side dishes, here are some more that you can have at the ready when you are doing your shopping at Meijer.

This Cheesy Potato Recipe is a staple in so many homes at the holidays. It’s perfect for a big crowd!

Is there any greater holiday recipe than Homemade Stuffing? I’m not saying it’s the only reason I go to Thanksgiving, I’m also not not saying that.

Your kiddos will LOVE these Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots! Perfect during the week and delicious enough for a holiday.

If you make these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon or any of my other side dishes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

For more great recipes using all the fresh produce Meijer has to offer, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

up close of roasted brussel sprouts with parmesan cheese and bacon
up close of roasted brussel sprouts with parmesan cheese and bacon
4.75 from 4 votes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Serves: 6 servings
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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon is a simple and easy side dish that your family will keep coming back to. Steamed right in the tray you bake it in with lots of delicious bacon and parmesan flavor, these roasted Brussels sprouts are a keeper!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Brussels Sprouts (see note about cutting and trimming)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 slices bacon diced
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 500 degrees and lightly spray a 10 by 16 inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Right on the tray, toss the Brussels Sprouts with olive oil, water, garlic, and salt. Make sure all of the Brussels Sprouts are laying sliced side down if they are cut in half. Sprinkle the bacon over the top and cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil, making sure to seal it around the edges.
  • Roast for 10 minutes with the tray sealed with foil. Uncover and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the bacon is crispy. If you have loose Brussels Sprouts leaves, they will get very crisp. This is fine and adds a nice roasted flavor to the dish.
  • Remove from the oven, transfer to a serving bowl and cover liberally with parmesan cheese.

Notes

Your Brussels Sprouts should have their stems freshly trimmed. Any Brussel Sprouts that are more than 1/2 an inch big should be sliced in half.
Serving: 1cup Calories: 237kcal (12%) Carbohydrates: 16g (5%) Protein: 12g (24%) Fat: 15g (23%) Saturated Fat: 5g (31%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 22mg (7%) Sodium: 499mg (22%) Potassium: 664mg (19%) Fiber: 6g (25%) Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 66IU (1%) Vitamin C: 215mg (261%) Calcium: 151mg (15%) Iron: 13mg (72%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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  1. Jackie Levesque says

    Looks amazing. Would frozen work

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried this with frozen Brussels. I think the biggest draw back is that if they were going right from the freezer to the oven you wouldn’t be able to cut them, which would really impact cooking.

  2. Robert Myers says

    5 stars
    Can you cut the recipe down to 2 or 3 people

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! If you click on the number 6 in the recipe card, it will let you slide the scale to put it down to how many people you want to make it for!

  3. Valerie Erfort says

    4 stars
    Can this be made ahead for dinner later in the day?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried that. I think it would be good, but not as good as if made fresh.

  4. Kimberly Lewis says

    Are the Brussels tender when done cooking? Thank you. ????

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! The water you add helps them become perfectly tender.

  5. Gabrielle says

    5 stars
    This recipe is my absolute favorite! When I speak about making Brussel Sprouts in my house they all know this is what they are eating! Definitely a family favorite. 10 out of 10 would recommend!

    • Lisa Longley says

      This is just the greatest review. Thank you!

  6. cheryl capers says

    turned out great. very delicious

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

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