Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Tessa's Recipe Rundown...
Taste: Sweet and salty in the best way possible! Even Brussels sprouts haters will enjoy this dish.
Texture: The Brussels are soft with slightly crunchy edges while the bacon is totally crispy.
Ease: Crazy simple and easy.
Pros: Simple side dish perfect for Thanksgiving.
Would I make this again? Absolutely.
Brussels sprouts with bacon will convince anyone to at least try the vegetable. Gone are the days of boiling Brussels sprouts until they’re mushy balls of stinky nastiness. If you grew up eating sprouts that way I wouldn’t blame you if you still hate them to this day!
I think there are a couple keys to making Brussels sprouts delicious. First, roasting them. Even with just oil, salt, and pepper, roasting at least brings out the natural sugars in the sprouts and caramelizes them so there’s more sweetness with a bit of crispness from the browned edges. Make sure the majority of the sprouts are on the pan cut side down so they caramelize nicely.
Now, to enhance that sweetness and crispiness I’ve added in maple and bacon. These two ingredients complement each other so perfectly. Especially if you’re a fan of the salty-sweet combination. The best part? As the tray cooks, the fat from the bacon renders and that’s what the Brussels roast in. So much flavor!
I also think these Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts work with all other Thanksgiving or holiday dinner flavors on the table!
You can prep this dish all the way through roasting. Place the tray in your fridge until you’re ready to cook. It’s best served warm soon after cooking, otherwise the brusssels tend to get limp and wrinkly the longer they sit.
More Thanksgiving Side Dishes:
- Cheesy Green Bean Casserole
- Crowd Pleasing Sweet Potato Casserole
- Southwest Cornbread Chorizo Stuffing
Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts feature caramelized roasted Brussels sprouts with crispy bits of bacon and a touch of sweetness from the maple syrup. One pan three ingredient recipe!
- 20 ounces (567 grams) Brussels sprouts, roots trimmed and cut in half
- 5 slices bacon, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a medium mixing bowl, toss all ingredients until combined. Spread out onto a large rimmed baking sheet.
Roast until the bacon is crispy and the sprouts are caramelized, about 30 to 40 minutes, stirring halfway through.
This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled to feed a crowd!
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