Thursday, April 18, 2013

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Beer and Bacon

Growing up I really disliked Brussels sprouts.  Maybe it was the way my parents fixed them, boiling them in a pot of salted water left much to be desired.  As I grew older I remember trying them again and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed them.  Over the years I have made them several different ways, but I enjoy them best roasted with beer and bacon.  Beer and bacon!  This may be the best thing to come out of my kitchen in a long time.


My husband and I like to cook with dark beers.  You can add extra flavor to your recipes by replacing all or most of the water required with beer.  We have used Guinness a lot in cooking.  Last week while grocery shopping we happened upon Yuengling and decided to give it a try.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.  It's not as strong as Guinness, yet the flavor is very distinct.  Needless to say we haven't purchased Guinness since!

I love the convenience of roasting vegetables.  After very little prep work, I simply placed all the ingredients in a pan and while they're roasting I am free to do other things while dinner is in the oven.


Ingredients
2 lbs Brussels Sprouts 
6 oz bacon, chopped 
1 onion, peeled and sliced 
12 oz bottle beer, Yuengling
1/2 tsp salt 
1/4 tsp pepper 

Directions 
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Wash and peel off any loose or damaged leaves from the sprouts, then trim the root ends.  Add the Brussels sprouts to a large roasting pan and season with salt and pepper.  Add the sliced onion, then add the chopped bacon.  Pour the bottle of beer into the pan and cover with aluminum foil.  Place the covered pan in the oven and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, turning several times. Roast until the Brussels sprouts are tender and caramelized and the bacon is golden.

41 comments:

  1. O, thank you! Nyammm... =)))

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  2. I am going to try this recipe. I have never had brussel sprouts, ever. I was sold at bacon, it makes anything taste good!

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  3. This may be the only way to get the hubs to eat brussel sprouts!! LOL

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  4. Good Afternoon Brandi, My husband loves sprouts, he loves bacon and he loves Black and Tan beer (it is a beer which is a favourite in this part of the world) So he has heaven in one pot.
    This I am going to try....I do not think sprouts are in season over here, but as soon as they become available again it will be on the menu.
    Thank you, it is always nice to have an alternative to boiling sprouts.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  5. You sound JUST LIKE ME~I never liked them as a kid simply because they would stink up the house and salt and water brussels were gross! lol
    This sounds so delish...can't wait to try, thanks for sharing.
    Hope you are having a good week!!

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  6. Beer and Bacon, does it get any better... Lol but erally, that sounds so good.. Think I will try that this weekend with maybe some grilled chicken... Mmmm... THanks for sharing Brandi!

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  7. Your dish looks really tasty. My family and I love brussels sprouts so I am going to give it a try. Thanks!

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  8. I love Brussels Sprouts like love! I've only roasted mine with olive oil and a little kosher salt, so i'm curious to try your version they look super yummy!!

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  9. Brandi,

    I love brussels sprouts and this recipe seems to make the menu very tasty. Thanks for sharing.

    Kisses

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  10. I'll bet this IS good! I'll have to try it.

    I don't drink but I love to cook with alcohol. I think it must be all the sugars or something. When I make a stew I never add water. I only use beer. Usually a nice light lager. Often, the cheaper the beer the better so here I am, the person who doesn't drink, in line at the supermarket with stew fixin's and a 40. It makes me feel "almost" cool.

    Also, another lovely way to eat brussel sprouts is oven roasted and drizzled with butter and vinegar. My mom swears by a red wine vinegar but I like an aged balsamic. It cuts the bitter brussel sprout tang.

    Delicious!

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  11. I normally love everything you cook on here but today is not the day lol. No brussel sprouts for me of any kind that squash, and beans is a no no. (on the sly though it does look good)

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  12. Oh Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite veggies and I love roasting them. This is a great recipe and I'm making it this weekend YUM! Thanks Brandi.

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  13. This looks so good, Brandi! I have always wanted to try roasting brussels sprouts and never found a good recipe. This one is perfect. Thanks for sharing! xoxo

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  14. Brandi,
    Yum! I just might like Brussels sprouts now :) And I luvvvvvvv how easy this recipe is!
    xo
    Loi

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  15. Oh this is going on the meal list for next for sure! Thanks for the recipe !

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  16. This looks so good! I just had brussel sprouts for dinner and I'm 100% sure they weren't as good as yours!

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  17. So, so yummy!!! My family loves Brussels sprouts. I will definitely use this recipe this weekend. Have a wonderful weekend and many blessings to you and yours! ~Cynthia

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  18. OK, so I'm STILL trying to wrap my head around Brussels sprouts, so I'll give it a try. My husband LOVES them, but I have been trying to find a recipe that will make him really jump and shout. I think he just tolerates my "stir fry" version of them! :-)

    Have a great weekend!

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  19. Ok, missy... You have me and my inner child (the one thatis squimish about anything green) intrigued! It does sound wonderful when you add beer and bacon to the list of ingredients. And I agree... roasting veggies (again the inner child is speaking up and saying "veggies" meaning the sweet ones!!) is just the best! I am now your newest follower and look forward to seeing what else you'll be cooking or creating for us!

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  20. This looks so good. I'm currently doing a juice fast and this almost made me throw in the towel!

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  21. This looks amazing! I have never tried brussel sprouts before...This would be the perfect recipe to try it with.

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  22. Okay Brandi, I'm not ashamed to admit that I HATE brussels sprouts, but I'm going to give this one a try. I remember even the smell of them making me sick as a child, but I did try them again a few years ago, just to see if maybe my taste buds had changed. I'm sorry to say they hadn't. But then again, I've never had them this way before. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for sharing!

    Debbie

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  23. I love Brussels Sprouts, This recipe looks amazing! Can't wait to try!
    Thanks :)

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  24. Those look even tastier on my big screen instead of my phone! Finally, I'm online with my "healed" computer and check them out. I can't wait to give these a try. I still haven't found the beer; but I'm still looking. I have a couple of other ideas though, in case I can't find it. Thanks so much for hearing our cry and posting your recipe. You rock! :)

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  25. We love brussel sprouts, and I usually roast them. But this is one way I haven't tried...it is on my to do list next time I cook them. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Debbie :)

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  26. Love brussel sprouts and this looks sooooooooooooo good. I would love for you to link this to my Inspire Me party that is going on.

    http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/04/162nd-inspire-me-tuesday.html

    Hugs, Marty

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  27. I'm not a Brussels sprouts eater, but both my husband & my toddler are, so I'm always looking for good Brussels sprouts recipes :) Also, I've just posted my Tasty Tuesdays link party on my blog & I'd love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here's the link: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/Tasty-Tuesdays-8-features-ad.html

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  28. I love brussel sprouts!!Looks yummy Brandi.I'm glad you picked Yuengling beer.....job security for me I'm in the beer business.

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  29. This looks awesome! can't wait to try it - see you at Haven!

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  30. Wow, that looks delicious! I'm not much of a cook but your blog is inspiring. I'm sure my husband probably appreciates that!ha

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  31. This sounds delicious, I just might try this.

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  32. This recipe looks so easy and tasty I want to give it a try! Thanks for sharing it, Brandy!

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  33. Looks so delish. I could eat a pound of brussel sprouts by myself. Sad but true. :)

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  34. Sounds great! I love brussel sprouts, and this might be a good way to get my husband to try them too.
    I'm a new follower by way of Whatever Goes Wednesday. Have a great day!
    melanie
    http://violetsbuds.blogspot.com

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  35. I did cook this today.

    I used a dash of brown sugar and a shallot in it, along with the ingredients you used. It was quite tasty.

    Oh and I went with a Michelob Amberbock rather than a Yuengling or a Guinness.

    Thanks for the recipe.

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  36. Bacon and Beer?? YES PLEASE! I'll give this a try this week. THANKS

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  37. So Dave and I rented a really nice condo in Leavenworth Wa. We could cook meals in. We fixed rib eye steaks and brussel sprouts. We cooked the sprouts in obsidian stout beer. We used montreal steak seasoning and garlic threw in some sliced mushrooms and onions and poured in the beer. This is in a frying pan...let the beer cook down and carmelize the sprouts. Done. That was three years ago. We still talk about it. We'll do it again sometime. Yep.

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