Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pistachios

Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pistachios





If you would have told me as a child that I would grow to love brussels sprouts, I would have called you crazy, but  I LOVE these Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pistachios.  The sweet maple syrup combines with the smoky bacon and nutty crunch of the pistachios and compliments the slight bitterness of the brussels sprouts perfectly.  These are perfect for almost any occasion.  They would work on a random Wednesday just as well as they’d work on Thanksgiving or Christmas.  

Notes

Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pistachios
Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pistachios

Let’s talk about bacon.  This is a very simple recipe with only 6 ingredients and that makes the quality of the ingredients even more important than usual.  I hate to break this to you, but not all bacon is created equally.  You want to use the best quality bacon you can find for this recipe.  Here are some bacon buying tips.

If you have to buy something prepackaged go for something thick-cut and make sure it says what kind of wood it was smoked with.  With that said, prepackaged bacon is the bottom choice.  Go to the deli at your grocery store and ask them if they have bacon.  If they do, it is going to be of a higher quality than the prepackaged stuff.  Have them cut it thick and get a couple extra slices for breakfast or a BLT.  The best option is to find a local butcher who either cures and smokes their own bacon or sells Benton’s or Nueske’s bacon.  Of course, you can always cure your own.

Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pistachios are the perfect side dish for almost any occasion.  They go great with chicken, steak, pork, fish, or whatever else you’d like to serve them with.  I also like to serve these in combination with these mashed sweet potatoes.



Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs. of brussels sprouts, cleaned, trimmed and halved

1/2 lb. of bacon

2 Tbsp. of maple syrup (not pancake syrup)

1/2 cup of shelled pistachios

1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place the bacon on a baking sheet, or better yet a cast iron griddle, and place into a cold oven and set the temperature to 375 degrees.  Bake the bacon for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and set aside.  Raise the temperature to 450 degrees.
  2. While the bacon is baking, toss the brussels sprouts with the maple syrup and coat completely.  Once the bacon is cooked, place the brussels sprouts, cut side down, on the hot baking sheet (be careful, the bacon fat may splatter).  Roast the brussels sprouts for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. While the brussels sprouts are roasting, cut the bacon into 1-inch chunks.  Using a thin slotted spatula, remove the brussels sprouts and put into a large bowl.  Toss the sprouts with the pistachios and apple cider vinegar and serve immediately.

 

Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pistachios

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. of brussels sprouts, cleaned, trimmed and halved
  • 1/2 lb. of bacon
  • 2 Tbsp. of maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
  • 1/2 cup of shelled pistachios
  • 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the bacon on a baking sheet, or better yet a cast iron griddle, and place into a cold oven and set the temperature to 375 degrees. Bake the bacon for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and set aside. Raise the temperature to 450 degrees.
  2. While the bacon is baking, toss the brussels sprouts with the maple syrup and coat completely. Once the bacon is cooked, place the brussels sprouts, cut side down, on the hot baking sheet (be careful, the bacon fat may splatter). Roast the brussels sprouts for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. While the brussels sprouts are roasting, cut the bacon into 1-inch chunks. Using a thin slotted spatula, remove the brussels sprouts and put into a large bowl. Toss the sprouts with the pistachios and apple cider vinegar and serve immediately.

Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pistachios
Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pistachios

9 Replies to “Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pistachios”

  1. I was just like you as a kid. I wouldn’t even try brussel sprouts. I thought they looked gross. And now they’re my favorite veggie. Who knew? This recipe looks amazing!

  2. I am an oddity as I have always loved Brussel sprouts but only ever eat them at Christmas. This recipe sounds delicious and I can see that It would accompany lots of things.
    Definitely going to give it a try.

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