There are a few recipes that I keep in my back pocket to use when I have unexpected guests and need to have a somewhat fancy meal prepared. Balsamic Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts is one of those recipes that I can whip up in under 30 minutes as an appetizer or a side and know that it will be a hit. Besides, who can say no to bacon anyways?
How to make bacon with no mess
One of my favorite cooking hacks is cooking bacon with no mess. The trick is to cook it in the oven on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet that comes with an oven safe wire rack. I cook my bacon for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees and it comes out perfect each time. This hack has been a game changer and I love not having to clean up bacon splatter on the range, hood, and every nook and cranny of my stovetop.
What balsamic should you use
Balsamic comes in several varieties and lots of price points. I used a thicker balsamic from Trader Joes that has a sweeter taste, almost like a glaze. In my first attempt I used regular balsamic like you would add to a salad and it did not turn out well. It was soup and way too acidic. I think your best bet will be to use a thicker glaze like balsamic for the best results.
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Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Need a delicious side in under 30? This recipe for Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts fits the bill and is absolutely delicious!
- 1 Pound Brussel Sprouts Trimmed and Halved
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 Pound Bacon
- 1/4 Cup Balsamic Glaze
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Spread brussel sprouts ut on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Place bacon on a lined baking sheet and put both bacon and brussel sprouts into the oven. Cook for 20 minutes or until desired doneness.
Crumble bacon and add to brussel sprouts. Drizzle balsamic glaze on top and enjoy!