Tasty oven roasted brussels sprouts have a tender inside and bits of crispy goodness on the outside. This recipe takes the often maligned vegetables and turns them into a delicious side dish.
Roasting brussels sprouts changes them in a way that makes them a little bit nutty, sweet and tempting. Adding a splash of lemon juice and garlic salt makes them even more delectable and interesting.
Usually when roasting brussels sprouts, I do it one of two ways. The first is simply coat them in a bit of oil, salt and pepper and stick them in a hot oven.
The second, and probably one of our favorite ways, is to pan roast them with a bit of bacon. The smokey salty bacon really works well with the slightly bitter brussels sprouts.
But sometimes it is fun to switch things up a big and add another layer of flavor or two. That is where the spritz of lemon juice and sprinkle of garlic powder comes in.
The results are still really simple and balanced, with just a tad bit more depth. They play nicely with almost any entrée you can think of.
Tips for the Best Brussels Sprouts
When you’re shopping, look for bright green brussels sprouts with intact outer leaves. They should be firm if you give them a little squeeze.
Store unused Brussels sprouts in a bag in the vegetable drawer and don’t wash them until you are ready to use them. They should keep in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.
When you are ready to cook them, you will want to trim off the nubby end of the sprout. It can be tough and is certainly not the best part of the eating experience.
Now cut the sprouts in half from the newly trimmed base to the top. This will help them to cook nicely and increase the crispy bits.
Allow the outsides to get a little bit browned. This adds so much flavor and is a nice foil to the tender interior.
More Great Vegetable Side Dish Recipes
Honey roasted baby carrots and brussels sprouts is another fun way to upgrade your sprouts. The honey and carrots bring a fun sweetness to the dish that changes them in a whole different way.
Slow cooker smothered green beans are an easy prep ahead side dish. They are easy to make and have a great sweet and sour sauce with plenty of bacon to make them extra tasty!
Scalloped corn is a vintage side dish that great-grandmas on both sides of my family were famous for. It is a really simple recipe but oh so tasty.
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Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- 1 pound brussels sprouts
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic pepper
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Clean the brussels sprouts and cut them in half.
- Toss the sprouts with the remaining ingredients.
- Spread over rimmed baking pan and roast for 15-20 minutes.
- Serve immediately.