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Crispy Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

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Crispy Balsamic Brussels Sprouts are strangely addictive and wonderfully versatile!

Eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Include them in your plans for holiday meals or special occasions.  Serve them to guests or simply work them into your standard weekday rotation.

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How to enjoy crispy balsamic brussels sprouts

Personally, I love them for breakfast with a farm-fresh fried egg.  Yum!

They’re also fantastic as a side for just about any type of meat or protein. 

And I love to add gently reheated crispy balsamic brussels sprouts to a big green salad or quinoa bowl.

No matter how you serve them up, they’re sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Even my pickiest eater will eat these brussels sprouts.  They’re that good.

Can I use any balsamic vinegar?

All balsamics are not created equal.  For this recipe, I recommend splurging on a top-quality, syrupy balsamic vinegar.  

I love this brand, but only straight from the fill-your-own vat at my local health food store.  It’s pretty amazing!  

You may not have access to this same brand, but be sure to choose a thick, syrupy, delicious balsamic.  It really makes the brussels sprouts shine in this recipe.

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How to make crispy balsamic brussels sprouts

The process for making these versatile and delicious sprouts is very simple and straightforward.

The bulk of the work consists of trimming the brussels, and this can be done in advance if desired.

One the sprouts have been trimmed and halved, it’s simply a matter of tossing them with melted bacon grease or fat/oil of choice, and roasting for 20-30 minutes, preferably via convection bake.

Optionally, you can include a bit of chopped bacon to roast with the sprouts.  Or if you happen to have cooked bacon on hand, simply crumble and add to the warm sprouts after they’re roasted.

Finally, toss the sprouts with balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

Transporting crispy balsamic brussels sprouts

One word of caution: these sprouts will become soggy if trapped in a lidded container when warm.  

You can still take crispy balsamic brussels sprouts to a potluck or holiday dinner, but be prepared for the following two steps:

  1. Cover them loosely during transport.
  2. Pop them in the oven at your host’s house to reheat and crisp up just prior to serving.

 

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Crispy Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

  • Author: Kathleen | Roots & Boots
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 5-6 1x

Description

Crispy Balsamic Brussels Sprouts are strangely addictive and wonderfully versatile for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


Ingredients

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  • 24 oz. brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1/4 cup bacon grease, melted (or avocado oil)
  • 1 tablespoon syrupy balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • optional: 4 oz. bacon, chopped fine

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Use convection bake, if you have it.
  2. In a large bowl, toss brussels sprouts with chopped bacon, melted bacon grease, about 1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt, and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  3. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes, until crispy.
  4. Remove from the oven and drizzle with balsamic.
  5. Toss to coat and add salt and pepper if needed.

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