Not everyone is a sprouts fan, but that may change with this Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe!
I got super lucky in the kids eating vegetables department. Kayla and Kelsie have always eaten anything put in front of them. If you’ve been hanging around here very long, you know that I’m actually the picky eater in our family. It has taken me 30 years to like the vegetables that I do eat. When I was a toddler, I supposedly ate green beans and okra. However, that quickly phased out when I started eating peanut butter. Ha!
When I do cook green vegetables like brussels sprouts, I have to get creative. I can’t just buy a steam bag, pop them in the microwave, season and eat. Nope. I have to have seasonings, and flavors! These Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are loaded with flavor. I ran across this recipe in my favorite chef ever’s cookbook….Alton Brown! I have loved watching him since Good Eats on Food Network. I love learning all the science behind foods, and the history. He is just amazing! This recipe is in his newest cookbook, EverydayCook, that if you haven’t gotten, you should, because you won’t be sorry!
So the tag line of my post reads…”Not everyone is a sprouts fan, but that may change with this Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe!“…and I totally stand by that. I mean WHO doesn’t love bacon? Besides a non-meat eater? Exactly. So, these are literally tossed in bacon grease. Yea, nobody said sprouts were healthy all the time, and honestly bacon grease won’t kill you. Look at all the southern folk that were born in the early 1900’s? They were a healthy bunch, and they saved that bacon grease, and used it for flavor! Bacon grease isn’t killing people, it’s the fake stuff that they load our food with now, but that’s for a whole nother day.
So, these sprouts are probably my favorite. A close second behind this recipe. The first time I ever ate sprouts, I literally spit them back into my plate. Luckily, it wasn’t around anyone but my husband and girls. But, seriously, I couldn’t believe people would want to eat such tiny cabbages that tasted rancid. Now, after learning to roast these bad boys, and caramelizing them, and tossing them with bacon, and other awesome flavors…Oh, these are so good!
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, and halved
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Heat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with foil. Lay the bacon on the foil, and bake for 20 minutes, or until bacon is golden brown and crispy.
- Remove the bacon from the pan, and place on a paper towel lined plate.
- Toss the brussels sprouts in the bacon grease on the foil lined pan. Making sure that they all get coated, and that they are cut side down. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until they are golden brown. (I also turn the broiler on for an additional 5 to 7 minutes)
- While the sprouts are roasting, mix together the dijon mustard and maple syrup. Crumble the bacon, set aside.
- When the sprouts are ready, toss them and the crumbled bacon into the maple syrup mixture. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 626mg Carbohydrates: 16g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 12g