November is here and I’m ready to bring you my fav side dishes! Brussel Sprouts, Balsamic Bacon are the key side dish to any tasty meal. These are so absolutely delicious. The bacon and onion are cooked down to get all the flavors of caramelization, then they are combined into the Brussel sprouts. Next, add in a balsamic glaze then bake till crispy. This is a classic side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas meals. It’s a simple recipe, I know you can do, so let’s get cooking!
Why Make Balsamic Bacon Brussel Sprouts?
Brussel Sprouts are very high in antioxidants and vitamin C! This was my least favorite veggie growing up but I only had it served as a boiled Brussel sprout. I found over the years that I actually do love Brussel sprouts as long as they are cooked well and more on the crispy side! Adding flavors like balsamic, bacon and onion is the way to go!
What ingredients are used?
- Baby Brussel Sprouts – These can be found in a bag in the produce department or fresh October through March
- Onion – I use white or yellow onion
- Cooked Bacon – Cook bacon or use a precooked bacon for this recipe
- Olive Oil – I prefer olive oil in this recipe but avocado oil would also work well
- Bourbon Maple Syrup – A rich bourbon maple syrup is ideal. You can substitute a quality maple syrup.
- Balsamic Vinegar – Balsamic vinegar gives it a punch of flavor needed
How to Make Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic and Bacon
One trick I learned recently is to cook down the onion and bacon in a skillet prior to baking the dish. This brings in a lot more flavor. Simply sauté with a little olive oil and cook down for about 10 minutes. Use precooked bacon for an even easier dish.
Once the bacon and onion are cooked down, you can add it to the Brussel sprouts and give it a good stir.
Next, make the balsamic glaze. I combined a tablespoon of bourbon maple syrup with 1.5 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Pour this over the mixture and combine. You can also make a balsamic glaze just by cooking down the balsamic vinegar on its own. Bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened. Then bake the Brussel sprouts until the edges are crispy or even longer if you prefer. Grab the full recipe below!
- 1 Package of Baby Brussel Sprouts
- 1/2 Onion, Diced
- 1 Package of Cooked Bacon, Diced
- 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon of Bourbon Maple Syrup
- 1.5 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Saute onion in olive oil on medium heat in a skillet. Add bacon and cook for about 10 minutes.
- Add brussel sprouts to a medium sized baking dish.
- Stir in onion and bacon mixture.
- In a small dish, combine bourbon maple syrup with balsamic. Stir quickly with a fork. Pour over brussel sprouts and stir.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes until brussel sprouts have a crisp to the edges.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g
Brussels sprouts were originally grown in Ancient Rome and Belgium. They are now grown mainly in California.
You don’t have to cut these in half. They will take longer to cook if not cut in half.
No, these will still be delicious without balsamic vinegar. It gives it a richer flavor profile.
I hope you like these Balsamic Bacon Brussel sprouts! Drop a comment below if you make these. Enjoy! xo, Bri