A Brussels Sprouts Bacon recipe is as natural as peanut butter and jelly. Well, almost. In order to get that sweet and salty combination that we all love so much, I added figs.
Figs are something all Italians love. We love them mostly raw, just as is, not so pretty on the outside, but gorgeous on the inside.
I almost want to say and “as seen on instagram” where raw figs abound and tend to get lots of attention. You can almost plop a fig on any dish (even when it doesn’t make sense), and people will get excited. Just check hashtag figs and you’ll see what I mean. While you’re there give me a follow.
While figs look most amazing when raw, they taste so sweet and jammy when roasted. Just take a look at my roasted chicken with figs, one of my famous Fall dishes that rings in the cool weather.
When you take a bite of brussels with the bacon and a little bit of fig, you get a mouthful of diverse textures, a little sweet and a little salty. Very umami.
The brussels sprouts bacon recipe calls for bite sized brussels.
The trick here is to make sure your bacon is taken down to room temperature (even if that means microwaving it a minute or so), so it crisps up enough in the twenty minutes of roasting time. The brussels sprouts must be cut in half, or even possibly quartered if they are extra large. The figs are merely cut in half, and are the most cooperative of all.
Now just put it all together, spread out enough to make sure the brussels roast, and have at it, 400° F. for about twenty minutes.
I use this rectangular stone baking pan, my go to for almost everything roasted. Eventually it turns a beautiful black color. It crisps food well and cleans up easily.
Take a look at ten minutes and give it a stir. That’s it. It’s simple. I think this would go lovely with a roast chicken or some really boring boneless chicken breasts because it will wake them up. It will also be wonderful with pork chops, because in my world, in the Fall, pork rules.
You can play around with this dish by adding cubed sweet potatoes or cubed butternut squash to the mix before roasting. You can change out the figs with dried cherries or exchange the bacon for pancetta. It’s all about the sweet and salty!
Enjoy these brussels sprouts recipe with bacon and don’t forget the figs!
You may also like this bacon, brussels sprouts bacon recipe for pizza. Recipe here.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- 1 pound brussels sprouts
- 6 strips bacon, sliced
- 1 pint fresh figs
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- salt, pepper to taste
- Trim brussels sprouts and cut in half or quarters if very large.
- Slice bacon crosswise to ½ inch pieces.
- Slice figs in half.
- Toss brussels sprouts in olive oil. They should just glisten as bacon will yield fat.
- Arrange bacon, figs, and brussels in baking sheet, not crowding brussels sprouts.
- Roast for twenty minutes, turning at ten minutes.
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