My husband likes a healthy but hearty meal. It’s the way to his heart so when it comes to celebrations likes Father’s Day, I know that a home cooked meal is what he really wants. He is a little against the restaurants putting up prices and time frames on holidays so he would rather celebrate and spend it at home with his family. This gives me the opportunity to make some new recipes each year for him. He absolutely loves meaty recipes (most men do) but he also loves brussel sprouts. I thought why not bake the two together with a few other favorite ingredients in a casserole style dish.
The bacon adds a bit of flavor and more meat to this dish while the sweet potatoes give it a nice combination flavor. I loved this with served with warm bread and butter and balsamic vinegar over top. The roasted walnuts give it a nice surprise crunch.
It’s super easy and quick to make as are all my family recipes I create. I am a very busy working momma so it’s only right that I create these other busy working parents can whip up and try without breaking the bank either. I made a little side dish for the kids with broccoli instead of brussel sprouts and they loved it as much as we did. It’s great to be able to just alter one or two things for the kids to enjoy a similar healthy and hearty meal with us.
“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!”
Meatballs & Brussels Sprouts Casserole
the hearty but healthy option for Father's Day dinner
- 250 g Brussel Sprouts, peeled
- 200 g Smoked Bacon Lardons
- 1 large Sweet Potato, peeled, cubed
- 12 mini Meatballs, pre-rolled
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 80 g walnut, pieces
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C
Lightly boil both Brussel Sprouts, and (peeled, diced) Sweet Potatoes in same pot for about 5 minutes.
On a cookie sheet, place meatballs in the oven to bake for 5 minutes.
In large casserole dish, mix oil, lightly boiled sprouts, sweet potatoes and spread out evenly in the dish.
Place meatballs evenly apart and add bacon lardons on top.
Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes.
Take out of oven, stir ingredients, add walnuts on top and salt and pepper if you like, keep uncovered and bake for a further 5-8 minutes.
Serve with warm butter and bread.
Why not try with a bit of balsamic vinegar on top too?
What’s your favorite Father’s Day recipe? Do you make something traditional every year or go bold and try something new? I would love to hear what you get up to in your kitchen to celebrate Father’s Day. Why not try this recipe and let me know what you think? Did you add your own favorite ingredients to it too? Don’t have time, pin this recipe for later but don’t forget to tag me if you make it so I can reshare your creations with my followers too!
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