Crispy Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
When you think of thanksgiving I can assume green veggies aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. Let’s be honest they aren’t even the third, fourth or fifth thing that comes to mind, but I have grown to love having these crispy maple bacon Brussels sprouts on my plate for a little hint of green among the sea of beige.
My dad used to try to make us eat Brussels sprouts all the time when we were little kids and I absolutely hated them. Then I grew up and realized he was STEAMING them. No wonder I hated them! Try giving mini steamed cabbages to a little kid and see their reaction. I can promise it won’t be good. As I have grown and started cooking for yourself I realized there are two essentials for making Brussels sprouts not only palatable, but delicious: fat and salt. Then I found a third element: a little bit of sweet. These crispy maple bacon Brussels sprouts add all three so that your veggies won’t be overshadowed by the rest of the thanksgiving meal.
I certainly love the taste of Brussels sprouts now, but when I first started preparing them for myself I had to work on the consistency. The taste was there, but they somehow came out a little mushy no matter how I prepared them. After years of practice I have finally found the tricks to getting an evenly crisp sprout.
Do not over dress. Toss the sprouts in oil so they are evenly covered, but not so much oil that it pools on the baking sheet.
Line a baking sheet with parchment and place all of the Brussels sprouts face down like the image below.
Leave the Brussels sprouts face down to cook the entire time. The top and bottom will crisp up evenly.
I know that turkey, gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes will always be the start of the show at Thanksgiving, but scroll down to the recipe below and consider adding a bowl of veggies to your family’s feast. You may be surprised at how much people like them! I made them for Friendsgiving and I am extremely proud to say they were the first thing to be gone from the table.
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