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Air Fried Brussels Sprouts with Canadian Bacon and Parmesan

Image depicts air fried Brussels sprouts with Canadian Bacon and shaved Parmesan in a yellow pasta bowl on top of a blue and white flowered dish towel.

These air fried Brussels sprouts with Canadian bacon and a generous sprinkling of Parmesan will have you reaching for more.

Image depicts air fried Brussels sprouts with Canadian Bacon and shaved Parmesan in a yellow pasta bowl on top of a blue and white flowered dish towel.

Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables. In the US, they are ‘in season’ in the fall and are pretty easy to come by at the grocery store. At some farmers’ markets, they are sold still on the stalk, which makes them seem fresher.

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When buying Brussels sprouts, look for them to have bright green heads with leaves that are tightly packed in. The smaller ones have a sweeter flavor, so if you can find those, grab them!

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Why use the air fryer for Brussels sprouts?

I love using the air fryer because it really saves time and the oven always seems to heat up the house. You can absolutely use the oven for this recipe. I typically set the oven to 375F and roast the Brussels sprouts for 40 minutes, flipping them halfway. Then add in the Canadian bacon 10 minutes before the Brussels sprouts are done.

I use the GoWise basket air fryer. I’ve had this one for a couple of years and it works well. Sometimes the digital temperature display doesn’t seem to want to show all the numbers, and there seems to be a little bit of flaking on non-stick surface of the basket. I always use a liner in the air fryer (now they have reusable silicone liners!) Maybe the newer air fryers are better quality? I don’t know. Eventually I will upgrade though, either to the Ninja Foodie or Instant Vortex. I do like the idea of not having the basket type air fryer though.

If you have the basket type air fryer, be sure to use tongs! I have burned my wrist on more than one occasion reaching in there. Guess I’m a slow learner.

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Since the Canadian bacon is thin, and not very fatty, add it in to the air fried Brussels sprouts towards the end of the cook time, so that it doesn’t burn.

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Things to add to this recipe

This recipe is pretty versatile in that you can changed out the Canadian bacon and the Parmesan cheese for other meats and cheeses. I love the idea of adding toasted almond slices to the dish!

  • Toasted almond slices
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Prosciutto
  • Blue cheese
  • Feta

If you don’t have mustard powder, go ahead and stir in a teaspoon (or more) or dijon mustard into the avocado oil.

Image depicts Brussels sprouts with Canadian Bacon and shaved Parmesan in a yellow pasta bowl on top of a blue and white flowered dish towel.

Kitchen towel is from 1Canoe2 and yellow pasta bowl is from Sweese.

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Air Fried Brussels Sprouts with Canadian Bacon and Parmesan

Air Fried Brussels Sprouts with Canadian Bacon and Parmesan

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed powder
  • 6 slices Canadian bacon
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash, trim ends and cut Brussels sprouts in half.
  2. In a bowl, combine avocado oil, ground mustard and garlic powder.
  3. Toss Brussels sprouts in avocado oil mixture.
  4. Place in air fryer basket and heat to 400F, for 8 minutes, stirring half way through.
  5. While Brussels sprouts are cooking, dice the Canadian bacon.
  6. After cooking the Brussels sprouts for 8 minutes, stir in the Canadian bacon. Cook for 4 more minutes.
  7. Remove from heat when the Brussels sprouts are easily pierced with a fork and are slightly brown around the edges.
  8. Sprinkle with shaved Parmesan cheese and add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve warm.

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