Immerse yourself in the rich flavors of brussels sprouts paired with crispy bacon – a perfect side for any occasion.
Enjoy the harmonious combination of crispy, roasted Brussels sprouts and the saltiness of bacon. This air fryer dish is easy to make and ensures a delicious crunch and flavor in every bite. It’s an ideal side for family dinners, gatherings or even a hot meal for someone.
Yes, you can use frozen Brussels sprouts. However, it is important to thaw them and drain them well to remove excess moisture. This ensures that they become crispy when air fried.
Depending on the size and moisture content, you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly. It’s always a good idea to check their tenderness and crispiness as they cook.
Absolutely! Pancetta can be a great alternative, offering a slightly different flavor profile.
An air fryer ensures even cooking, provides a crispy finish without excess oil, and is faster than conventional ovens.
Yes, for a vegetarian version, consider using a plant-based bacon substitute, smoked tempeh, or just omit the bacon altogether.
Yes! Roasting Brussels sprouts in a conventional oven is a great option. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, turning halfway through, until they are tender and a nice golden brown, which should take about 20-25 minutes.
If using bacon, make sure it reaches the desired level of crispiness.
For sure! Simply sauté halved Brussels sprouts in a large skillet over medium heat until golden brown and tender. Add the bacon bits in the last few minutes of cooking to keep them crisp.
- Bacon: Substitute pancetta, prosciutto, or a plant-based bacon substitute.
- Olive oil: Grapeseed oil or avocado oil can work well.
- Parmesan: Nutritional yeast can provide a cheesy flavor for a dairy-free version, or you can try other hard cheeses like Pecorino Romano.
- Brussels sprouts not crunchy? Make sure they are properly dried after washing and avoid crowding the air fryer.
- Bacon not cooked to your liking? Adjust the cooking time slightly. Remember, thinner slices of bacon will cook faster.
Tips from the chef
- Make sure the Brussels sprouts are uniform in size for even cooking.
- Preheat the air fryer for a few minutes for optimal results.
- Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket to ensure even heat distribution.
Storage and reheating instructions
Cool leftovers before storing in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. For longer storage, you can freeze for up to a month.
To reheat, place Brussels sprouts in an air fryer preheated to 350 degrees F until heated through, about 2-3 minutes. This ensures that they remain crispy and tasty.