Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon




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A bowl of Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon ~ tender Brussels sprouts roasted in maple syrup and a little bacon grease (sorry not sorry,) topped with lots of crispy bacon bits ~ nobody, but nobody, walks away from this bowl a sprout hater!

Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon in a wooden bowl

For me its always been about the sides at Thanksgiving, or any big meal, for that matter.  I bypass the big cuts of meat and aim straight for the veggies, and if they happen to be candied with bacon, well, all the better.

If you’ve been looking for that perfect introduction to Brussels sprouts, you’ve found it.  A touch of maple, a touch of smokey bacon pave the way for a delicious first impression.

A wooden bowl filled with Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with bacon

Mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing…blah blah blah…this year give them something to talk about!  These tender sprouts are easy to make and so addictive.  They feel right at home on a plate with turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.

Prep ahead

Feel free to fry up the bacon and prep the sprouts the day before, then just toss them with maple syrup and a little of that bacon grease and roast them in a hot oven.  It only takes about 30 minutes.  You can roast them ahead and reheat just before serving, too, which is a huge bonus for a busy night.

A bowl of Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

How to cook perfectly al dente Brussels sprouts

  • Always roast your sprouts, never boil.  In fact, after their initial rinse, they should never touch another drop of water.
  • Roast small sprouts whole, but cut larger ones in half so there is more surface area for quick cooking and caramelization.
  • Toss in bacon grease and season.  Make sure all the sprouts are lightly coated (the oil gives them flavor, a nice sheen, and helps them roast better.)
  • Roast in a preheated 375F oven for about 30 minutes.  Shake or rearrange them a couple of times during the cooking process so they cook evenly.
  • Do a taste test, they should be firm ‘to the tooth’ but not crunchy, just like perfectly done pasta.

Brussels sprouts ready to be made into Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Roasting Brussels sprouts for Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Don’t forget the bacon!  I like to oven roast mine because it’s so much neater and easier.  Lay out your bacon on an ungreased baking sheet and cook for about 15-20 minutes at 350F or until nice and crisp.

Cooking bacon in the oven for Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels sprouts are the bomb, y/y?

 

Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Category: side dish, vegetable

Cuisine: American

Yield: serves 6

Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon ~ tender Brussels sprouts roasted in maple syrup and a little bacon grease, topped with lots of crisp bacon bits ~ nobody, but nobody, walks away from this bowl a sprout hater!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound thick cut smoked bacon
  • 1 and 1/2 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Lay out the bacon on an un-greased baking sheet and roast until crisp, approximately 20 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towels and reserve the grease. When the bacon is cool, finely chop it and set aside.
  3. Raise the oven temperature to 375F
  4. Toss the sprouts with 2 Tbsp of the reserved bacon grease, the maple syrup, and a dash of salt, making sure all the sprouts get evenly coated. Spread them out on the same baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, stirring once or twice during the cooking time so that they cook evenly. (Taste test the sprouts for doneness ~ they should be firm but not crunchy.)
  5. Toss the hot sprouts with the bacon, season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

 

Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon ~ tender Brussels sprouts roasted in maple syrup and a little bacon grease, topped with lots of crisp bacon bits. #brusselssprouts #sidedish #roasted #recipe #easy #Thanksgiving #fall #vegetable #bacon #maple

Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon ~ tender Brussels sprouts roasted in maple syrup and a little bacon grease, topped with lots of crisp bacon bits. #brusselssprouts #sidedish #roasted #recipe #easy #Thanksgiving #fall #vegetable #bacon #maple

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Linda
    November 20, 2018 at 3:42 am

    I made this this morning and it was awesome. I could really eat this like candy!

  • Reply
    Alexandra
    November 2, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    BXL sprouts got upgraded! Great recipe and easy to do. Thank you Sue

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 7, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      Like candy I tell you! :)

  • Reply
    Susan
    November 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I have been making something similar for years since I saw the recipe in a magazine. My family loves it!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 3, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      There’s something magical about the combo of sprouts and bacon.

  • Reply
    CATHERINE LEE
    November 2, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Gonna have to give these a try, I love brussel sprouts in any form, yum! I think my hubby will really like these, thank you!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 2, 2018 at 9:53 am

      This is definitely a guy kind of recipe :)

  • Reply
    angiesrecipes
    November 2, 2018 at 8:56 am

    One of my favourite winter veggies! Yours looks fantastic!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 2, 2018 at 9:50 am

      one of mine too Angie :) Thanks!

  • Reply
    Berni
    November 2, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Oh yes!!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 2, 2018 at 8:46 am

      A Brussels sprout lover, hooray!

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