Brussel sprouts. They get such a bad rap. An underappreciated veggie that doesn’t get much of a chance. No love for the tiny cabbage-like vegetable. Well, that is about to change. If you are not a Brussel fan, that to is about to change.
I use to hate Brussel sprouts. Didn’t like them, did want to like them. Wanted nothing to do with them. Then I grew up and my adult taste buds have changed for the better in a lot of vegetable related areas. Thank goodness for that!
I challenge you if you’re not a fan to try this.It will change your mind, I promise.
Start by slicing a 2-pound bag of Brussels in half lengthwise and throw in a large bowl. Toss them with balsamic vinegar, maple syrup (YUM!), salt and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for around 30 minutes. While they are cooking, cut a couple pieces of bacon into small pieces, cook and set aside.
Once finished roasting place in a large serving bowl and sprinkle with the bacon bits. The Brussels will have crunch from the roasting time, caramelized from the maple syrup and have a salty finished with hot bacon bits. You cant go wrong. It will take you by surprise.
This is a great dish to bring along to holiday parties or serve at your Christmas dinner this year. We always need a fresh green side and Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts are a clear winner for us this year!
- 2 Pounds Brussel Sprouts
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- ½ Teaspoon Pepper
- ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ Pound Bacon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice Brussel sprouts on half long ways and place in large mixing bowl.
- Combine olive oil, balsamic, maple syrup, and spices with Brussels. Toss until evenly distributed.
- Spread onto a lined baking sheet, making sure it is an even layer. Place in oven and roast for 30-45 minutes (depending on the desired level of crispiness).
- While Brussels is roasting, slice a ½ pound of bacon strips and cook in large skillet until crispy. Drain from excess fat once cooked and set aside.
- Once Brussels are finished roasting, place in large bowl and toss in cooked bacon bits.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!