Brussels sprouts, love them or hate them? Don’t lie to me, do you really truly like them or are you just saying you do because they are one of the trendiest vegetables around? I really, truly do like them and I like them even more now that I have this Balsamic Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon recipe in my arsenal!
It wasn’t that long ago that you never heard mention of or saw a recipe for Brussels sprouts. I mean think about it, does the idea of eating a mini cabbage really sound that appealing? Let’s face it, they don’t exactly smell the best when you boil or steam them. The smell of rotting garbage comes to mind. So why would you want to eat something that smells like it belongs in the garbage? Well luckily times have changed and boiling and steaming are out the window and roasting is in. Roasting does something magical to all vegetables, including Brussels sprouts.
By roasting vegetables, not only are you making them tender, but you also bring out the natural sweetness of the vegetable. Generally when I roast my vegetables I just use a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. When I want to make them a little fancier I drizzle on some balsamic vinegar. When it’s Thanksgiving and I want a lowly, misunderstood vegetable like Brussels sprouts to shine, and wow my guests I add balsamic, maple syrup, and BACON!!
For all the Brussels sprouts haters out there, I urge you to try this combination. Anything you found bitter or flavorless about the little cabbages will be blown out the water by this sweet, salty, savory combination of flavors. Roasting the Brussels takes the bitter edge off of them that many find unappealing. Balsamic and maple are a power combination of flavors that work well together in so many dishes, including this one. Then there is the almighty crispy, salty, bacon. It really needs no introduction because we all know bacon makes everything better. It’s the perfect addition to the tender sweet brussels sprouts, adding saltiness and crunch to the side dish. If your Thanksgiving menu is looking a little white or brown with all the turkey, taters, gravy, rolls, and pie, add a pop of color with some of these delicious Balsamic Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon! Turn those brussels sprouts haters into lovers with this delicious, sweet, salty, and savory side dish!
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