Helllloo, November. You beautiful month, you. I didn’t expect to see you so soon, but there you were. Here you are. And I’m ready for you.
Truth be told, I’ve been waiting for you.
I’ve been dreaming of Thanksgiving sides. I’ve been secretly watching Christmas movies. I’ve been singing holiday songs in my head (not out loud, never out loud).
Now that you’re here, I don’t have to hide my excitement. Because November, you mean the holidays.
Novey, can I call you that? Since you came to visit, I’ve been able to share my recipes for stuffing and egg nog and boozy cake without feeling guilty.
You being here means that I can turn on the oven as much as I want. Yes. I can raise the
roof heat to 400 degrees if I feel like it.
And if I decide that I want to roast veggies like brussels sprouts every. single. night. I can.
And if I want to drizzle reduced apple cider on top of said brussels? Guess what… I can.
And if I want to top my brussels with crumbled bacon? You know it… I can.
I mean… Just look at these little guys. Crispy tops. Tender middles. Caramelized bottoms.
And even though they are incredible roasted in oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder… we’re going to take them to another level.
What level, you ask?
The “oh my goodness, how is this so good?” level.
Better known as the “sweet, salty and savory” level.
Best known as the “Thanksgiving table-worthy” level.
(I may have Nick Jonas’s “Levels” song stuck in my head).
So make this tonight, tomorrow and for any and every holiday.
- 2 pounds brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 slices cooked bacon crumbled
- 1 cup apple cider
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- Add the brussels sprouts, oil, salt, garlic powder and black pepper to a bowl and mix well.
- Place the brussels sprouts on a baking sheet, cut side down.
- Roast for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, pour the apple cider into a skillet over medium heat. Stir occasionally for about 10 minutes, or until the cider has reduced. Do not over boil the cider! Once it coats a spoon – it’s done!
- Add the roasted sprouts to the skillet along with the crumbled bacon.
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