Sweet brussel sprouts combined with crispy bacon — what’s not to love?? These easy and delicious Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are guaranteed to make anyone a fan and a side dish that pairs well with just about anything!
Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
I’ll admit it…I hated Brussels sprouts growing up!
Then my husband made me his famous roasted brussel sprouts and my life was forever changed. Seriously, they’re now one of my favorite veggies!
These Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts are the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner or any other meal! Roasted in bacon and drizzled with maple syrup, this unique recipe has the right amount of sweet and savory to make a fantastic side dish!
This recipe will be an instant hit with little ones and even picky eaters! Plus, you only need four ingredients to whip up this easy and delicious side dish.
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Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Ingredients
- Brussels sprouts — You’ll want about 3 cups worth.
- Bacon — We used 3 strips, but feel free to add more if you’re a bacon fan!
- Maple syrup — For best flavor, use real maple syrup.
- Salt and pepper — Just a pinch!
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Note: have some extra cooking oil on hand, in case there isn’t enough bacon fat to caramelize the brussels sprouts.
How to Cook Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Maple Syrup
First you’ll want to cook your bacon. We used a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
While the bacon cooks, wash your sprouts and cut them in half. Remove any loose leaves (you can bake them to make chips!)
When your bacon is cooked to your favorite doneness, remove it from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels.
TIP: Don’t clean the pan — we’ll use the bacon grease to cook our Brussels sprouts!
Add your Brussels sprouts to the hot pan with bacon grease and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, chop the bacon.
When the Brussel sprouts are nearly cooked, drizzle generously with maple syrup and season with salt and pepper.
Toss chopped bacon in with the sprouts cook for 1-2 minutes more.
Don’t they look amazing?!
Do you have to use a cast iron pan?
You are welcome to use your favorite sauté pan or large skillet for this recipe. We used a cast iron skillet because they heat evenly and vegetables tend to cook faster.
Also, if you use cast iron pan fairly often, you’ll find that it adds a unique flavor to foods which a plain pan just won’t do.
These Brussel sprouts taste fabulous either way, but if you have a cast iron pan, why not give it a try?
What pairs well with Brussels sprouts?
Maple just makes me think of fall, and so this side dish would be perfect for Thanksgiving!
However, you could also use it as an easy side all fall and winter long. I would recommend serving these Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts with a hearty comfort meal.
Make it Keto!
After my youngest daughter, I did the keto diet for a while to lose the last of my baby weight. I still occasionally make keto-friendly recipes, to keep my sugar intake in check.
This is an easy recipe to modify to make it keto! All you need to do is swap sugar-free maple syrup with the regular syrup.
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Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts
- 3 cups Brussel sprouts outer leaves discarded and cut in half
- 3 strips bacon crumbled
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place a large skillet over medium heat; when hot, add bacon to pan.
- Cook bacon to desired doneness, then remove from pan and set on a paper towel lined plate. Do not clean the skillet.
- Add brussel sprout halves to the skillet with the hot bacon grease. Stir occasionally for 10 minutes, until caramelized.
- While brussel sprouts cook, chop bacon into bite-sized pieces.
- When brussel sprouts are almost done, drizzle with maple syrup and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- And chopped bacon to sprouts and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
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