Brussels sprouts: you either love them or you hate them, but I’m here to convince you to love them.
Let’s address something I just learned though. Did you know that the little vegetable I’m referring to is actually Brussels sprouts with an “s” on the end of Brussels? I literally just learned this a week ago and my mind is still blown. How have I lived 30 years assuming they were called Brussel sprouts sans an s? Did you know this?! Surely I’m not the only one who’s been calling these by the wrong name for years.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, and Maple is the recipe that’s going to turn everyone into a Brussels sprout lover. Roasted Brussels sprouts are sweet with little crispy leaves on the outside. Adding bacon makes everything better, the fresh roasted cranberries are tart and bright, and the drizzle of maple syrup to finish it off is just the sweet the dish needs. I dare say this dish is delicious enough to make it onto your Thanksgiving table. It’s a fun way to turn this vegetable that has a bad rap into a star.
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- 4–6 pieces of bacon
- 1 to 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
- 1/2 cup whole fresh cranberries
- 2–3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Kosher Salt
- Cook your bacon crisp (you can bake it in the oven or cook it in a skillet on the stove). Remove the bacon and let it cool on paper towels and then crumble it. Reserve the bacon fat rendered from cooking.
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
- Wash and trim your brussels sprouts. Add the brussels sprouts and cranberries to medium bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of reserved bacon grease and toss to combine. Spread the brussel sprouts and cranberries onto the prepared baking sheet and roast until the brussel sprouts are fork tender, about 15 minutes. Place the cooked brussel sprouts in a medium bowl. Add salt, to taste, the maple syrup, and the chopped bacon. Toss to combine and then serve warm.
I’m getting ready to spend Thanksgiving at my sister’s in Idaho and this is the first year that I’m partially in charge of dinner. We normally have Thanksgiving with my husband’s large extended family here in southern Utah and I just bring a side dish. This year, four of my five siblings and a few cousins are meeting in Idaho for dinner. I’m bringing the turkey, green beans we canned this summer, stuff for mashed potatoes and gravy, fixins’ for a huge salad, my fun cream whipper, and a whole slew of crafts, projects, and fun things to do with all the cousins together. I seriously can’t wait! I know I have five kids and all, but it sure makes you feel like an adult when you are in charge of Thanksgiving.
Where are you spending Thanksgiving? What are you in charge of this year? Enjoy and have a great day friends!