How many of you hear the word Brussels Sprouts and turn up your nose? Or think of the dinner side that your grandma used to make you eat as a kid? Well not anymore, I can promise that! I was that way, I would hear that word and think ew yuck, no thank you!
Now as an adult and someone who has to cook meals for others, I have learned to love them... how could I not? Grandma used to just steam them on the stove, food and recipes have come a long way since then! In this recipe, we incorporate Brussels sprouts and other veggies with bacon (bacon saves everything) along with Parmesan and garlic.
MY KIDS ACTUALLY EAT THIS and Don't complain!! That is a win-win in this mamas book!
So for our family, we have changed this dish many times and added/removed things over the years. This is something I keep going back to and I can honestly say, it's my favorite side dish for any occasion. So this recipe is to feed a family of 4. it can be changed or altered to fit the size of your family easily, just add more veggies!
Italian Roast Vegetables with Bacon
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 40 minutes @ 400 degrees
8 large Brussels Sprouts (stem cut off and cut in half)
1 small Broccoli crown (cut into smaller chunks)
I small Zucchini (cut in 1/2 then thick slices)
2-3 slices of thick cut bacon
1 tablespoon Parmesan Cheese
sprinkle of Garlic Salt
In a glass pan, lay the bacon out on the bottom of the pan. Add the sliced Brussels, Broccoli, Parmesan and Garlic Salt. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes, uncovered, at 400F.
After 20 minutes has passed, add in the Zucchini and give it a good stir. (The reason I do this is because if you add the zucchini in at the beginning, it gets so soggy it falls apart which my husband hates. If you like it soggy, by all means stick it in from the start)
Let it cook for an additional 20 minutes or shorter depending on your oven - they should begin to get browned and look crisp! The bacon should be almost completely cooked.
Remove and try not to eat all the crispy Brussels leaves (that's my FAVORITE part)
Add as a side to your favorite dinner dishes, and enjoy! Le'ts get those old memories of nasty side dishes out of your heads and into the new world of delicious greens!