Roasted Purple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese

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Roasted Purple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese make a simple yet colorful show-stopping side dish!  Purple Brussels sprouts are a fun new variety and are slightly sweeter than conventional green sprouts.

For more great Brussels sprouts recipes, check out 30 Best Brussels Sprouts Recipes!

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Hey, all!  Sharing something super fun with you for the holidays!  Purple Brussels sprouts!

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What are purple Brussels sprouts?

Purple Brussels sprouts were developed in the 1940’s when a Dutch plant geneticist crossed green Brussels sprouts with red cabbage so they’ve actually been around for a while.  They’re gaining in popularity because they’re slightly sweeter than green sprouts with an earthy and nutty taste.

The heads of purple Brussels sprouts are not packed as tightly as their green cousins so they cook faster.  They’re available at gourmet markets such as Whole Foods, The Fresh Market and Trader Joe’s from distributors such as Melissa’s and Frieda’s.

Photo of purple Brussels sprouts in white colander.

Can purple Brussels sprouts turn blue after cooking?

Aaah.  You noticed.

Yes, after cooking, purple Brussels sprouts can take on a blue hue as these did.  It does not affect the taste.

How to make Roasted Purple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan:

  • Wash and trim all the sprouts, removing any dry stem ends or funky leaves.
  • Cut the sprouts in half.  SAFETY TIP!  Wear a glove or place a fingertip cot over the thumb on the hand you’re using to cut the sprouts in half.  You’ll get tiny nicks in your thumb which, although may not draw blood, can cause your thumb to be sensitive for a couple of days.
  • Spread the sprouts out on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Photo of oil being drizzled over purple Brussels sprouts.
  • Roast at 425 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender and slightly browned.  Purple sprouts don’t take as long as conventional green sprouts so you’ll want to keep an eye on them and adjust the cooking time according to their size.
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  • Toss with the butter and diced, cooked bacon.
  • Transfer to a serving platter and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve immediately!
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If you can’t find purple Brussels sprouts, no worries!  Just use baby green Brussels sprouts instead.

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Roasted Purple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Roasted Purple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese make a simple yet colorful show-stopping side dish!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dishes – Vegetables
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 173 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds purple Brussels sprouts - or green if that’s all you can find
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • 6 slices bacon - diced and cooked
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Trim off any dry stem ends and any unsightly outer leaves. Cut the sprouts in half and place on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Turn as many of the sprouts cut side down as possible and that will fit on the baking sheet.
  • Roast for 12-15 minutes (depending upon size).
  • Remove from the oven and immediately toss with the 2 tablespoons butter and the bacon.
  • Transfer to a serving platter and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Notes

If you can’t find purple Brussels sprouts, no worries!  Just use baby green Brussels sprouts instead.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1181IU | Vitamin C: 129mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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