Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Side Dish | October 28, 2019 | By

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts, pan seared, cooked until tender with sweet maple syrup and crispy bacon. Simple, delicious side dish.

Once upon a time brussels sprouts used to be the vegetable people loved to hate. No longer the Most Hated Vegetable in America, they’re enjoying a new-found popularity.

These ;Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are pan sautéed, infused with the flavor of sweet maple syrup and crispy, salty Applewood smoked bacon and are practically guaranteed to win over even your pickiest eater.

A simple side dish that tastes anything but.

My husband loves bacon and insists you could put bacon grease on a brown paper bag and make it taste good. I’m not sure about that, but adding bacon will certainly up your game.

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are star-worthy enough for your holiday table, but quick and easy enough to serve any night.

bowl of caramelized brussels sprouts

What’s in Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts:

  • brussels sprouts
  • bacon (Applewood smoked bacon used)
  • apple cider vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • maple syrup
  • salt and pepper

How to make these brussels sprouts

Cut the bacon into about 1/2″ squares and cook in a large skillet until crispy. Remove all the bacon and most of the drippings, leaving about 1 tablespoon behind in the skillet.

Cut the blunt end off each of the brussels sprouts then slice in half lengthwise. Peel off a layer or two, like you would with cabbage.

Transfer the brussels sprouts to the skillet facedown, season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat 4-5 minutes per side or until they’re caramelized and fork-tender.

Whisk the maple syrup, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar together in a small bowl to form the glaze. Fold the glaze and  bacon into the brussels sprouts then simmer over low heat 3-4 minutes. Serve right away.

black bowl with caramelized brussels sprouts halves and bacon pieces

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts brings out the best in brussels ~ and bacon. 

Enjoy!

pinterest pin showing black bowl of caramelized brussels sprouts halves with bits of crispy bacon

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Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts ~ fresh brussel sprouts pan seared in bacon fat tossed with a maple-French mustard glaze and garnished with crumbled bacon.
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CourseSide Dish
CuisineAmerican
Keywordbrussels sprouts with bacon recipe
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time23 minutes
Servings4
AuthorA Gouda Life

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of brussels sprouts
  • 2 strips of thick-cut Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the bacon into about 1/2" cubes and cook in a large skillet until crispy.
  • Remove the bacon and the grease from the skillet, leaving about 1 tablespoon of grease behind.
  • Cut the blunt end off each of the brussels sprouts then cut them in half lengthwise, peeling off a layer or two from them, like you would with cabbage.
  • Transfer them to the skillet facedown, season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat about 5-7 minutes per side or until they're fork tender.
  • Whisk the maple syrup, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar together.
  • When the brussels sprouts are completely cooked, pour the glaze and the bacon pieces over the top, blending. Simmer over low heat 3-4 minutes then serve right away.

Comments

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    Mary
    November 2, 2016

    I love brussel sprouts…always have! I just bought some the other day and will give this recipe a go. This sounds so good…can’t wait to make these. I agree bacon makes everything taste good! Pinned. Thanks for a lovely recipe. Chat again soon.

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      Bernie
      November 7, 2016

      Hey friend – definitely can’t go wrong with bacon and . . . anything! 🙂 Please enjoy and have a good rest of the day.

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    Sue
    November 9, 2018

    I’ve made this as an appetizer by boiling the sprouts first, drain them, wrap with 1/2 strip of maple bacon, fasten with a toothpick, dip in brown sugar, roast until bacon is crisp turning once, then making the sauce to dip them in. They were a big hit.

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      Bernie
      November 11, 2018

      Hi Sue – Oh. My. Gosh. I am practically drooling! That appetizer sounds delicious ~ I will be trying soon!! I’m sure they’ll be a hit with my family too. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and sharing your recipe idea. Enjoy the day 🙂

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