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Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

November 6, 2012

Roasting Brussels sprouts brings out their natural sweetness and it is truly the simplest way to prepare them.

For these Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts, I trimmed off the end of the sprouts, cut them in half and tossed them with a tablespoon of bacon grease which I had liquefied in the microwave oven. I loved the subtle bacon flavor with the sprouts, but you could use any other fats. Olive oil and coconut oil are both good choices.

I have read that there are people who thought they hated Brussels sprouts until they tried them roasted. I think Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts just might convert some of the sprout-haters. Especially if you use bacon grease.


Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

(Inspired by a recipe in Molly Steven’s All About Roasting)


(print the recipe)


Serves 2 – 3 (Multiplies easily to serve more)


12 ounces Brussels sprouts

1 tablespoon bacon grease (or olive oil or coconut oil)




1. Preheat the oven to 400˚.

2. Trim off the end of the Brussels sprouts and cut in half.


3. Heat the bacon grease (or coconut oil) in a microwave oven until it is melted.

4. Put the Brussels sprouts on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle the bacon grease over them and toss to distribute it well.

 Ready to roast


5. Sprinkle generously with salt and add a few grinds of pepper.

6. Roast for 10 minutes. Stir or turn over with a spatula and roast an additional 10 minutes, or until they are tender and browned a bit.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2012 5:04 am

    I simply adore roasted Brussels sprouts. (And Mr. Rosemary does, too. Lucky me!) And they really don’t need any adornment. The only thing that’s close is pan-frying (kind of dry roasting) in an iron skillet and then reducing balsamic vinegar with them. Almost as good. Not quite as simple.

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