Roasted Brussels Sprouts with “Baby Bella” Bacon Bits

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with “Baby Bella” Bacon Bits

  • Author: Chef Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

Description

This recipe is unique since the bacon bits are actually crimini mushroom slices, slow-roasted until crisped, and spiced just right. The dish may just be the talk of the dinner table.

Recipe courtesy of Chef Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN.


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Ingredients

Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 1/2 pounds medium Brussels sprouts, trimmed, and halved lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 recipe Baby Bella Bacon Bits (see below)

Baby Bella Bacon Bits

  • 2 teaspoons turbinado (raw) sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, stems removed*, thinly sliced (1/8-inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

Brussels Sprouts

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Toss together the Brussels sprouts, oil, vinegar, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet and arrange in a single layer, cut side up.
  2. Roast until well caramelized and just tender on the inside, about 25 minutes, flipping over Brussels sprouts halfway through the roasting process. If desired, sprinkle with additional extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt.
  3. Transfer to a serving platter or bowl, sprinkle with the Baby Bella Bacon Bits, and serve immediately.

Baby Bella Bacon Bits

  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Stir together the sugar, salt, paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  2. Add the mushrooms to a medium bowl, drizzle with the oil, and toss to fully coat. Sprinkle with the seasoning mixture and toss to fully coat. Arrange in a single layer on a large nonstick baking sheet.
  3. Roast until reduced in size by about 50 percent and deeply caramelized, about 1 hour 15 minutes. There’s no need to stir or flip over during roasting. Scrape up mushrooms with a spatula to make sure they’re not sticking to the pan; rearrange in a single layer; turn off oven; and return to the warm oven for 45 minutes, to allow to crisp.
  4. Remove from the oven and cool the baby bella bacon bits on the pan on a rack to allow to further crisp, at least 15 minutes, and serve. If desired, prepare and store in the refrigerator overnight; bring to room temperature before serving.

*Save mushroom stems for other cooking purpose.

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