bacon. and caramelized onions.
Let’s be real. Bacon makes everything better. Except maybe cookies…I just had a maple bacon cookie this week and I was definitely not in love. But in everything else, bacon is a game changer! To help you eat more vegetables, there is bacon in this brussel sprout dish. Besides the delicious bacon flavor, there are also caramelized onions. Which are pretty much my favorite burger topping ever. But we’re not talking about burgers, we’re talking about bacon brussel sprouts. But don’t worry, it works. The caramelized onion and bacon just gives these bad boys so. much. flavor. You can barely even tell you are eating vegetables. They’re like candy. Sweet, onion-y, fatty, bacon, vegetable candy.
just do it.
Brussel sprouts are not a super common side dish, but just do it. Try them for me, please? I actually didn’t try them until a year ago and now they are my new favorite vegetable. I make them all. the. time. Be brave and experiment! They are pretty easy too. Cook down the onions and the bacon, throw in the sprouts and some salt, and cook them for 10 minutes and magic. You have a delicious, and fancy, veggie side dish.
These bacon brussel sprouts are perfect for your Thanksgiving table! They are fancy, different enough to probably change up your usual side dishes, and (my favorite), can be made ahead of time to cut down on the stress of Thanksgiving dinner. That’s right – they can be made ahead of time. You can make them the night before, or the morning of, and then heat them in the oven or in a saute pan on your stove. Hooray for making Thanksgiving dinner a little bit easier.
Bacon Brussel Sprouts
- 4 slices Bacon
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- ½ cup Onion - chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic - minced
- 4 cups Brussel Sprouts (about 1 lb)
- 1 tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Pepper
Cook the bacon in a large saute pan until it reaches your desired doneness. Remove bacon from pan and set aside.
Add the olive oil, onion, and garlic to the pan. Saute for 2-4 minutes over medium-high heat until onions are cooked through.
Cut the brussel sprouts into halves, or quarters. I like cutting them into quarters to add maximum flavor to each bite.
Add the brussel sprouts, salt, and pepper to the pan. Cook the brussel sprouts over medium-high heat, for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Chop up the cooked bacon, and add it to the brussel sprouts.
Once the brussel sprouts are fork tender. Remove from heat and serve!