Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta and Balsamic Vinegar

I can’t believe I did it. I finally made brussel sprouts and actually loved them. I have NEVER liked them. My Mom would boil them when I was a kid and they weren’t my favorite – sorry Mom. My friend Currié made them for us when we were over for dinner and I liked them so I decided to give them a try. I used frozen brussel sprouts that I thawed and cut in half. I seasoned them slightly with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and olive oil. I roasted them with pancetta until they were caramelized then I drizzled them with lots of balsamic vinegar. My husband has never been a fan of brussel sprouts and he liked them, both my kids thought they were good and gobbled up every single one on their plate, and I loved them. I can honestly say, I am looking forward to trying new recipes using them. I’d call that a success!

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil then coat it with cooking spray.

If you are using frozen brussel sprouts, thaw them on a couple of  paper towels, making sure to press hard to remove any excess liquid to make them as dry as possible once they are thawed. Slice them in half then toss them with olive oil and sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle them with the diced pancetta. Place into the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Flip them over then continue roasting for 5-10 more minutes, or until caramelized. Remove from the oven and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, to taste. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta and Balsamic Vinegar

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 20-25 min.

Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients:

2 cups of brussel sprouts, thawed and sliced in half
1 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
2 tbsp pancetta, diced
Balsamic vinegar, to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil then coat it with cooking spray.

If you are using frozen brussel sprouts, thaw them on a couple of paper towels, making sure to press hard to remove any excess liquid to make them as dry as possible once they are thawed. Slice them in half then toss them with olive oil and sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle them with the diced pancetta. Place into the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Flip them over then continue roasting for 5-10 more minutes, or until caramelized. Remove from the oven and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, to taste. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Inspired by Currié Reese