Sunday, November 18, 2018

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon #Thanksgiving #sidedish by @Denise Swanson

My family is full of great cooks. We celebrate Thanksgiving with my father's side and there is definitely a hierarchy of who gets to make what dish. The pies and other desserts go to the most senior chefs. Next comes the turkey and homemade rolls. The sides and appetizers go us young whipper snappers--those of us not yet collecting social security.

This year, I'm bringing Brussels sprouts with bacon. I know not everyone likes Brussels sprouts but my husband and I love this recipe so I thought I'd give it a try. Wish me luck or next year, I might be assigned to bring the paper goods.  😉

2 pounds large Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper
6 slices bacon 
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Heat oven to 400 degrees . On a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, toss sprouts with oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Roast about 35 min.

Meanwhile, lay bacon on a rack set in a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast 18 to 20 min. Let cool slightly; crumble.

Toss sprouts with 2/3 of the bacon. Top with remaining bacon and drizzle with balsamic glaze.



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  1. I am the only one, out of all of my kids, grandkids and family that loves sprouts! Thank you for the recipe!

  2. I never thought I liked them, but something clicked and now I love them!

  3. Denise - Marc and I would gobble those right up (yes, gobble-gobble like the turkey!). Sprouts make a great side dish; and in our house, everything's better with bacon. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Brussels sprouts, like so many perfectly nice veggies, get a bad rap because of years of over-cooking!
    And, like so many veggies, they blossom when roasted.
    Add some quality balsamic vinegar and you are set!

  5. This sounds wonderfully delicious.Have had the bacon addition but not balsamic.Will be trying g it.