Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon: Brussels sprouts glazed with maple syrup and tossed with together with sauteed onion and chunks of bacon are a great side dish to serve with roast duck, chicken, turkey or pork.

This easy vegetable dish combines Brussels sprouts with a lightly-sweet maple glaze and chunks of smoky bacon to make a great side to serve with roast turkey, chicken or pork.

Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

  • Ingredients:
  • 6 strips thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 lbs fresh Brussels sprouts (see recipes notes for frozen)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Trim the ends of the Brussels sprouts and remove any loose outer leaves. Add the sprouts to the boiling water and cook until they're tender and easily pierced with a knife, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well and set aside until they're cool enough to handle, then slice in half lengthwise.

While the sprouts are cooling, fry the bacon until crisp, then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and drain all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the pan.

Add the butter to the pan and melt over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the halved sprouts and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until they are lightly caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes longer.

Add the maple syrup and stir until the sprouts are well coated. Add the bacon, season to taste with salt and pepper and continue cooking until the sprouts are nicely glazed, 3 to 4 minutes more.

To keep this dish warm, transfer to an oven-proof serving dish, cover and place in a 250°F oven for up to one hour.

Recipe Notes:
To use frozen Brussels sprouts in this recipe, defrost them overnight in the refrigerator for best results. Cooking time in the boiling water should be reduced to about 4 minutes, or you can microwave them according to package directions.

Note: Brussels sprouts can lose their bright green color if kept warming in the oven.

comments & replies

This looks good - I will try this. I have made several variations with brussel sprouts and bacon - I like the idea of roasted garlic and maple syrup. Thanks

I absolutely love Brussels sprouts and will be making this soon and at Christmas .

Made this last night and it was a hit! Next time I want to try it with Balsamic glaze instead of maple.

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