Crispy maple bacon Brussels sprouts are the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. Follow this simple recipe to make crispy and delicious Brussels sprouts with rich bacon and a hint of maple sweetness.
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I only want Brussels sprouts if they are extra crispy.
Brussels sprouts regained their popularity when people started cooking them up crispy in some fat instead of steaming them. No one should have to endure a whole steamed Brussels sprout. These crispy maple bacon Brussels sprouts are the antidote to the usual mushy Thanksgiving side dish.
Let’s be honest, the best Thanksgiving side dishes are the mashed potatoes and the stuffing, but we could all use some veggies. This crispy maple bacon Brussels sprout dish is the perfect Thanksgiving veggie side dish.
What ingredients will you need to make crispy maple bacon Brussels sprouts?
You only need a few simple ingredients to make these savory and sweet crispy maple bacon Brussels sprouts
Spray oil – I like avocado oil spray
How to make crispy maple bacon brussels sprouts
You will first bake the Brussels sprouts to get them cooked through, then toss them in warm bacon fat to crisp them up. Finally, you will drizzle them with maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.
Step 1: Bake
Trim and half your Brussels sprouts. Spray with oil and season with salt. Then, bake the brussels sprouts in the oven for 35 minutes at 400F.
Step 2: Fry the Bacon
While the Brussels sprouts bake, fry up 6 slices of bacon. Set the cooked bacon to the side and chop for later. Drain and strain the bacon fat for frying the Brussels sprouts.
Step 3: Fry the Brussels sprouts
Heat the bacon fat in a large pan or a wok. Toss the cooked Brussels sprouts in the warm bacon fat for a few minutes. Turn off the heat.
Step 4: Toss
Drizzle maple syrup over the warm Brussels sprouts. Toss the maple syrup through the sprouts. Add the chopped bacon to the pan and toss again.
Can I make these Brussels sprouts ahead of time and then reheat them?
These Brussels sprouts are best and crispiest when enjoyed immediately, but you can make them ahead of time. I like to reheat in them in a casserole dish in the oven at 350F for about 10 minutes.
Can I make crispy Brussels sprouts without the bacon?
Yes! Just repeat the frying step with a hight heat vegetable oil like avocado oil. You can also toss in some craisins and walnuts for extra texture.
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