Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are salty, sweet, crispy and even smoky. Brussels sprouts are roasted with bacon and maple syrup until caramelized and crispy. These are to die for!
We really enjoy brussels sprouts in our house. Our kids are starting to like them as well. I do have to say that the bacon and maple syrup helped my 4-year-old enjoy these much more. She loved them!
I think helping momma take pictures helped as well, but hey, I’ll take it!
I love cooking with brussels sprouts because they can handle tons of flavor. You can roast them with just salt and pepper or you can jazz them up like these Roasted Brussels sprouts with pine nuts and balsamic glaze. Brussels sprouts have an interesting bitter flavor that I actually enjoy, but sometimes it can be a little over powering. Using salt and sweet flavors help balance that flavor for sure.
In this recipe I simply used bacon and maple syrup. It just so happens that bacon and maple syrup go really well together as is, so adding it to brussels sprouts is a no brainer.
The key to roasting vegetables is to roast them at a high temperature and to not overcrowd the pan. Overcrowding the pan will cause the vegetables to steam instead of roast.
I know…sometimes that means you have to use two pans but it is what it is. If you’re going to take the time to make a beautiful side dish, cleaning an extra pan is well worth it!
When these come out of the oven they will look like this. The bacon looks burnt and the pan is smeared with a gooey mess.
All good things. All good things.
That burnt looking bacon and gooey mess is exactly what you want! It’s flavor and texture. The bacon is not actually burnt. It’s just so caramelized it looks like it is. And as far as the gooey mess on the pan, that’s maple syrup that’s also caramelized. It cooks down and becomes thicker, helping coat the roasted brussels sprouts.
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- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, cut ends off
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 4 slices of bacon, diced
- Preheat oven to 415 degrees.
- Add all ingredinets onto a large rimmed baking pan and toss well with hands. Bake for 15 minutes, toss well and conitnue to bake an additional 10minutes or until bacon is crispy and brussesls are browned. Enjoy!
Make sure you use a large enough pan so the bacon and brussels sprouts spread apart. If they are to close together they will steam instead of roast. The bacon gets pretty dark so don't be alarmed - the flavor is amazing!