Balsamic Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon will be your new favorite way to eat them! The perfect blend of Sweet, savory and salty flavors. They’re sure to turn brussels sprout haters into lovers!
Brussels sprouts, do you love them or hate them? Don’t lie, do you really like them or are you just saying that because they’re one of the trendiest vegetables around? I love them and even more so 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 their natural sweetness. Generally when I roast my vegetables I just use a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. When I want to make them a little fancy I drizzle on balsamic vinegar. When it’s Thanksgiving and I want a misunderstood vegetable like brussels sprouts to shine and wow my guests, I add balsamic vinegar, 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.
Why Roasting Brussels Sprouts is the Best Cooking Method
Roasting brussels sprouts takes the bitter edge off of them that many people find unappealing. It also adds a wonderful crispyness to them. The outer leaves that are nearly burned are my favorite!
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 brussels sprouts, adding saltiness and crunch.
If your Thanksgiving menu is looking a little white or brown with all the turkey, mashed potatoes, 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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- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl whisk together the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, oil, salt, and pepper.
- Add the Brussels sprouts to the balsamic mixture and toss them until they are completely coated.
- Pour the Brussels sprouts out on to the baking sheet in a single layer and place them on the middle rack of the oven.
- Roast the Brussels sprouts for 30-35 minutes.
- Pour the Brussels sprouts into a serving dish and toss them together with the cooked, diced bacon.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 221mg Carbohydrates: 14g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 7g