2016 was the year of the Brussels sprout in our house. Towards the end, we were roasting them almost weekly, so when we were asked to bring a green vegetable for Thanksgiving, it was a no-brainer.
This recipe feeds a crowd (we probably could have halved it for a buffet for 10 people) and travels well. Heat bacon-sprinkled baking sheets until sizzling hot, add Brussels sprouts, cut in half and tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast until tender. Drizzle with a glaze of apple cider, brown sugar, and vinegar.
Recipe from The Kitchn.
- 1 pound thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved through the stem
- 3 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup unfiltered apple cider
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
Arrange 2 racks to divide the oven into thirds. Divide the bacon between 2 rimmed baking sheets and spread into an even layer. Place the baking sheets in the oven and heat to 400°.
Place the Brussels sprouts in a large bowl or pot (something large enough to easily toss them), drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with the salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Remove the hot baking sheets from the oven. Stir the bacon. Divide the sprouts between the 2 sheets, and arrange them cut-side down into an even layer.
Roast for 15 minutes. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and stir the Brussels sprouts and bacon. Return the baking sheets to the oven, switching them between racks and rotating them from front to back. Roast until browned and tender, 12 to 15 minutes more, depending on the size of the Brussels sprouts. Meanwhile, make the glaze.
Heat the apple cider, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Cook until it's reduced by about half and thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.
When the Brussels sprouts are ready, remove the baking sheets from the oven. Turn the oven off. Combine the Brussels sprouts onto one baking sheet, drizzle the glaze over the sprouts, and stir to combine. Return the baking sheet to the turned-off oven and let sit until the Brussels sprouts absorb some of the glaze, about 2 minutes more.