Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Pancetta and Pearl Onions

Roasted Brussels sprouts with crispy pancetta and pearl onions.

I make Brussels sprouts a thousand ways because they pair so, so well with everything from maple syrup and apples to bacon and Dijon mustard. This version is my take on a classic green bean casserole that my family has made for ages that consists of green beans, bacon and pearl onions, with slivered almonds scattered over the top.

Make It Yours A little Feta cheese perched atop a piping-hot portion of these sprouts is divine; crumble about 2 ounces of cheese onto the finished dish, after the almonds but before the pomegranate.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Pancetta and Pearl Onions

Serves | 8 to 10 |

  • 2 lbs Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and halved
  • 1 lb frozen pearl onions (about 2½ cups), thawed and patted dry
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • sea salt and freshly ground
  • black pepper
  • 6 oz pancetta
  • ₁⁄₃ cup roughly chopped dry-toasted, slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils

| Preparation | Preheat oven to 425°F.

In a large bowl, add sprouts, onions and thyme, and drizzle 3 tablespoons olive oil over top; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, and spread in a single layer on a lipped sheet pan, evenly spaced, and roast in oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until crispy.

Meanwhile, prepare a paper towel-lined plate. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta, and cook until crispy; transfer to prepared plate to drain. Roughly chop, and set aside in a large bowl. When sprouts have finished roasting, add to bowl with pancetta; toss to incorporate. Add to a large, low serving bowl, check seasoning and garnish with toasted almonds and pomegranate arils.

Shannon Weber is the creator, author and photographer behind the award-winning blogaperiodictableblog.com, and her work has appeared on websites such as Bon Appétit, Serious Eats and America’s Test Kitchen.

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