Roasted Brussels sprouts with juicy orange, salty bacon, crunchy walnuts and slightly spicy chili oil make a brightened up version of classic side dish.
Brussels Sprouts are pretty dividing, ya? People are either in or they’re out. And I am IN, PEOPLE. I love them. My dad told me they are a “fad”. You know what’s not a fad? BACON. Everyone can get behind bacon. Ok, all meat eaters, but still – making green vegetables better through bacon will never go out of style.
Truthfully – the chili oil came first. You’d think it was made as a topping for the Brussels but no – I just needed something besides pizza to pour the chili oil on. And you know what? Sometimes Brussels sprouts can get a little…heavy. I’m ready for brighter, lighter food.
Give ‘er a go – leave the chili oil off if you must…but know you will be living life short of your true potential.
Salty bacon, sweet juicy orange, rich brussels sprouts and a touch of heat!
- 2 cups brussels sprouts halved
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 orange peeled and sliced
- 2-3 slices of bacon
- 2 tbsp walnuts or almond slices
- 1-2 tbsp chili oil
Preheat oven to 415
Peel and trim base of brussels sprouts, half. Place on a sheet pan and toss with olive oil and salt.
Roast for 15 minutes, toss, and roast for 5 minutes longer.
Meanwhile, slice bacon into lardons and fry until crisp
Peel and slice orange.
When brussels sprouts are done, remove and transfer to a bowl.
Put nuts on a baking sheet and toast for 1-3 minutes. As soon as you can smell them, they're ready!
Add bacon, oranges, and walnuts to the bowl with brussels sprouts. Toss with 1 tbsp of chili oil. Transfer for serving plate/bowl and drizzle with another 1tbsp of chili oil.
Orange: you can peel it like normal, but I HIGHLY recommend slicing the top and bottom off and then slicing the peel away with a knife, instead. This way, you get rid of the pith which can give the dish a funky texture or taste.
Quantity: If you are making this as a side dish i would double or triple it depending on the number of people. This size is great for two people as a side or one person for dinner and lunch leftovers.