Brussels sprouts and bacon is one of our favourite combinations— a perfect marriage of textures and flavours. Brussels sprouts are robust enough to stand up to salty, chewy bacon, and in turn, the smokiness of the bacon highlights the sprouts’ earthy notes. We like to blanch my Brussels sprouts before roasting; we think that the resulting soft, cooked inside and crispy outside make for an unbeatable texture and taste. Blanching, followed by roasting, also brings out the sweetness and keeps the vegetables moist. While it seems like an unnecessary step, skipping blanching often results in dry and often undercooked-tasting vegetables.