Sunday, November 17, 2013

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shiitake Bacon

Time: 25 minutes

Serves 2

Until I learned to prepare them correctly, I hated Brussels sprouts. They were a limp, mushy and weird-tasting vegetable that immediately conjured up images of a sour-faced child or disinterested adult, sulkingly rolling it around on their plate without really eating it. 

Like most vegetables that get a bad rap, the Brussels sprout is not inherently bad. But boiling or blanching coaxes out a flavor I don't like, while roasting creates a sublime, smoky, popcorn-like aroma and allows a beautiful caramelization to develop around its cabbagy edges. Toss these with toasted sesame or olive oil, minced garlic and a few pinches of salt and roast to perfection, then throw in some shiitake bacon to create a salty, crispy and smoky contrast for a beautifully rustic and savory dish for the Thanksgiving table.

1/2 pound of Brussels sprouts, ends removed and halved
1 TB toasted sesame or olive oil
a few pinches of coarse sea salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
shiitake bacon


Preheat your oven to 425. Add the Brussels sprouts, curved side down, into a cast iron pan or baking sheet and drizzle with the sesame  or olive oil and salt. Roast for 10 minutes or until nicely caramelized on the bottom, flip, then sprinkle with the garlic, and roast for 5-7 minutes more, or until evenly roasted/caramelized on the other side. 

Toss with the shiitake bacon and serve warm or at room temperature.


  1. i just received a whole bag of these bad boys and i had no idea what to do with them! gonna try this! thanks !

  2. yum yum, I love me some roasty Brussels!

  3. YAY! I finally had some time to try one of your new creations! This was also the first time I made your shiitake bacon! It really does have a satisfying, smoky/jerky-like taste and texture. And you are also right about the roasting of the sprouts which lent to a much more robust flavor. I really enjoyed the colors, textures, and marriage of flavors as an accompaniment to a Japanese dish I made last night. Thank you:)

    1. So glad you enjoyed, Leila! Shiitake bacon is one of my favorite things to make -- the aroma alone is so amazing!


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