Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon is a savory and smoky one-pan side dish with crispy Brussel sprouts, bacon, buttery pecans, and bright dried cranberries.
I’m always looking for new ways to add color, texture, and flavor to my holiday table. And there’s no better time of year to be eating roasted brussel sprouts! So I decided to spruce up this seasonal green veggie in a side dish that features savory bacon, nutty pecans, and tart dried cranberries.
The result is a recipe that strikes the perfect balance of fresh, smokey, crunchy, and fruity. I think your family will love this holiday side dish as much as mine!
How to Make Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries
If you love roasted Brussel sprouts, then this recipe is perfect for you. It’s easy to make with fresh sprouts and a few other pantry-friendly ingredients. All you need is one baking sheet and the oven!
Start by roasting the Brussel sprouts and bacon, then add the pecans in the last 5 minutes of roasting. This way, the nuts crisp up and turn extra flavorful.
Make-Ahead Brussel Sprout Side Dish
You can prep this recipe ahead of time if you’re planning ahead. Simply trim the Brussel sprouts, cover, and refrigerate until you’re ready to roast. Then toss them with the oil, salt, and pepper and pop them in the oven.
How Do I Know When Roasted Brussel Sprouts Are Done?
The Brussel sprouts will be fork-tender and the bottoms will have a beautiful caramelized color when they’re done.
What Can I Substitute For The Pecans?
You can use another favorite nut if you don’t care for pecans (or you used them all for a pecan pie!). Walnuts would be an excellent substitution. Hazelnuts, pine nuts, and pistachios would also work well.
What to Serve with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
This is a great wintertime recipe that pairs well with roasts and other comforting entrees. We especially love to pair the roasted brussels sprout dish with our Braised Beef Short Ribs. In a time crunch, you can make tender and juicy Instant Pot Short Ribs from Pressure Cooking Today.
Of course, you can’t go wrong pairing this brussel sprout dish with Dry-Brined Turkey for Thanksgiving!
More Must-Try Holiday Side Dish Recipes
Add these other festive and tasty dishes to your holiday table this year:
- Jellied Cranberry Sauce is a show-stopping, ruby red side dish that adds a pop of gorgeous color and festivity to any table. We also have a pressure cooker version!
- Roasted Green Beans are another fresh veggie side dish elevated with toasted almonds.
- Maple Pear Salad with Goat Cheese from Cooking Canuck is a fresh and seasonal side dish to add to your table.
Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 slices bacon chopped
- ¼ cup pecans chopped
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Trim the ends off of the Brussels sprouts and cut in half, removing any wilted or brown leaves.
- Line a sheet pan with parchment or tin foil and add Brussels sprouts to the pan in a pile. Pour olive oil over and
sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss until Brussel sprouts are well coated. Sprinkle bacon around on the pan. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until sprouts are just about fork tender.
- Add the pecans and roast 5 more minutes.
- Add the cranberries and serve.
I love brussel sprouts, this is one of my favorite ways to serve it. I add some nutmeg to it.
That sounds like a delicious change. Thanks for sharing Janette!