Brussels sprouts are a nutritious and delicious vegetable that can be prepared in a variety of ways. One popular method is roasting, which brings out their natural sweetness and creates a crispy texture. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to achieve perfectly roasted brussels sprouts

1. Tips To Roast Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Look for sprouts that are firm, bright green, and tightly closed. Avoid any that have yellowing leaves or feel soft to the touch.

Trim the stem end and cut them in half lengthwise. Halving the sprouts allows for better browning and a crispier texture.

Blanching the Brussels sprouts briefly in boiling water helps to soften them slightly and gives them a head start in cooking.

Arrange the Brussels sprouts in a single layer, ensuring they have some space between them. Crowding the sprouts can lead to steaming instead of roasting.

Preheating the oven is crucial to achieving crispy Brussels sprouts. Set the temperature to 400°F (200°C) for optimal results.

2. How To Roast Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 4-5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the halved Brussels sprouts and blanch for 2-3 minutes, or until they are bright green and slightly softened. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel. Blanching (not boiling ) Brussels sprouts before roasting can help to partially cook them and reduce their bitterness, while also helping them to cook more evenly.

In a large bowl, toss the blanched Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper until evenly coated. Then spread the Brussels sprouts in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet, and cut side down.

Roast the Brussels sprouts in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until they are tender and starting to brown on the bottom.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and drizzle the Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar. Use a spatula to toss the Brussels sprouts with the vinegar. Next, sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the Brussels sprouts and toss again once.

Serve hot and enjoy!

3. What To Serve With Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts make a delicious and healthy side dish that pairs well with a variety of main dishes. Here are some ideas for what to serve with roasted Brussels sprouts:

Baked Chicken Breast: Roasted Brussels sprouts pair well with baked chicken breast. Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy for a classic comfort food meal.

Baked Steak: Roasted Brussels sprouts can also be paired with baked steak for a hearty and satisfying meal.

Pork Chops: Roasted Brussels sprouts go well with pork chops. Add a side of roasted sweet potatoes for a tasty and nutritious meal.

Baked Salmon: The earthy flavor of roasted Brussels sprouts pairs well with the rich flavor of baked salmon. The combination makes for a nutritious and flavorful meal.

Vegetarian Bowl: Create a vegetarian bowl with roasted Brussels sprouts as the base. Top with baked tofu, quinoa, avocado, and a drizzle of tahini sauce for a healthy and satisfying meal.

Quinoa Salad: Roasted Brussels sprouts can also be used as a topping or side dish for a quinoa salad. The combination of roasted Brussels sprouts and quinoa makes for a nutritious and filling meal.

Roasting Brussels sprouts is an easy and delicious way to enjoy this nutritious vegetable. With these instructions we’ve shared in this article, you can create roasted Brussels sprouts that are flavorful, crispy, and perfectly cooked every time

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