This smashed brussel sprouts recipe is straight up perfection and doesn’t require any parboiling or steaming. It’s a one-pot side dish that’s much less complicated than the others! In this easy recipe, crispy bacon and salty parmesan cheese are baked right on top to create a crunchy crust that’s completely divine. Vegan recipe is also included in the notes!
Clean brussel sprouts and trim any browned leaves. Place whole brussel sprouts in an oven-safe pan or baking sheet and toss with olive oil and salt.
Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through.
After 20 mintutes, remove the pan from the oven and place on a solid surface. Using the bottom of a clean can or coffee mug, smash the brussel sprouts until they are all crushed and flattened.
Sprinkle with cheese and top with diced bacon. Place in the oven for 25 more minutes or until bacon and parmesan is crispy and crusty.
Remove from the oven and enjoy.
If you’d like to make them vegan, just skip the parmesan and bacon, toss once more and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes. When they're done, finish with lemon juice and fresh pepper for more flavor!