These roasted-garlic brussel sprouts, with bacon, are crispy and full of so much flavor. They are sure to become your new favorite side dish the whole family will love.
If you thought you weren’t a fan of brussel sprouts, I challenge you to try out my recipe and give them another chance. I used to not really care for them much either until I started preparing them myself. I sometimes would get them off of the food bar at our local health food market, but just never was impressed. They were always too soggy and had absolutely no flavor.
So, I started experimenting with them and have come up with a few secrets of my own to make them incredibly delicious. First of all, I like to cut them in half or in quarters if they are really large, making them into bite-size pieces.
I then toss the brussel sprouts in a few ingredients that I ALWAYS keep on hand, such as fresh garlic & coconut aminos. These two ingredients can turn just about any vegetable into something really special.
A few years back, I stumbled upon coconut aminos. If you don’t know what this is, it is a healthy alternative to soy sauce, made from the fermented sap of a coconut palm tree…literally a game changer for me. Soy can cause inflammation in the body and mess with us girls' hormones...not a good thing. That’s where coconut aminos saves the day. I use it in so many of my dishes now and actually like the taste much better than soy sauce anyway. I even take it along with me when we stop by our local sushi bar. I highly recommend you give it a shot.
The next ingredient that definitely needs mentioned is garlic. Garlic will pretty much wow any vegetable or dish, and besides that, its just so healthful. I add it to almost everything for the flavor and health benefits.
To make sure the brussel sprouts roast properly, a step you must take to make them crispy is to spread them out into one layer on the baking sheet...if not, they would steam and would turn out soggy. I also like to put my oven rack closer to the bottom of the oven to help me achieve the crispiness I'm looking for.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention the best part...the bacon. Bacon really just makes EVERYTHING better.
My daughter made a comment the other day, when I served brussel sprouts for dinner one evening. She said exactly what I have thought in the past, “I used to think I didn’t like brussel sprouts, but I do now”. She for sure made me smile and makes cooking for my family even more worth it. I hope you love my brussel sprouts recipe as much as we do. Let us know if you try them out. We would love to hear!
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