Enjoy these Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts as a holiday side or winter weeknight dish. Packed full of flavor from fresh orange and smoky bacon, these bacon brussels sprouts can be easily made in the oven or stovetop and will not disappoint.
I did want to take this post to walk you down memory lane and some of my favorite recipes this year. I will also be sharing my THM Year in Review recap at the end of the week so you’ll see a few repeats in there but that post isn’t just about recipes so I thought I would highlight a few here.
To start, this was definitely the year of easy dinners and breakfasts. I’ve always been a breakfast lover, but I really wanted to expand our recipe-base to include healthy dinners and I’m happy to say that we succeeded!
My favorite recipes of 2018:
This was also the year that Jess joined Team Maven as our official recipe developer. Even though she’s only been with us for a short 4 months, it quickly became clear that Jess is a key part of THM. As I mentioned in this post, it’s not that I don’t enjoy food and recipe developing, it’s simply that I don’t have the time to give it what it deserves.
I didn’t want to have to say goodbye to recipe posts so I invited Jess to join the team. Best.decision.ever. Jess and I collaborate on recipe dev and she tests the recipes 2-5 times as needed. She then comes over and we tag-team cooking and shooting. It’s a system that has worked wonderfully and I’ve loved seeing your response to the new and creative recipes Jess is bringing to the table.
So clearly 2018 has been a big year! It’s also been a long year, and a challenging year, but also…a delicious year! Let’s celebrate by eating these Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and better yet, in the company of good people.
The Ultimate Fall Recipe!
Winter will be here before we know it, but in the meantime it’s time to make the most of Fall. Fall is such a wonderful time to enjoy earth’s bounty with seasonal veggies like brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as seasonal fruit like apples, pomegranates and even the start of citrus season! But the ultimate fall recipe is these maple bacon brussels sprouts. Don’t knock it till you try it because these flavor combos are epic.
And while you’re at it check out some of our other fall favorites:
Can you make these Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts in the Oven?
Yes! This is one of the many reasons I love my cast-iron skillet. It works in both the oven and on the stove-top.
The recipe calls for cooking the bacon on the stove-top and then roasting the maple bacon brussels sprouts in the oven afterwards, but you can certainly also cook the bacon in the oven with this EASY TUTORIAL I created showing you how to cook bacon in the oven. Just swap the pan for the cast-iron skillet if desired or just mix your brussels sprouts onto the sheet pan.
We like adding orange juice and zest for an extra dose of fall flavors which complements perfectly with the maple bacon and brussels sprouts.Print
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Enjoy these Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon as a holiday side or winter weeknight dish. Packed full of flavor from fresh orange and smoky bacon, these bacon brussels sprouts can be easily made in the oven and will not disappoint.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 2 lbs brussels sprouts
- 2 large oranges (we used valencia)
- 1/2 lb sliced bacon
- 1 tbsp + 2 tsp maple syrup
- 3 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp red chili flakes (more if you like a lot of heat)
- Set the oven to 425F.
- Wash and dry both oranges. Remove the rind of 1 orange using a sharp paring knife, making sure to avoid as much of the pith, that bitter white layer, as possible.
- Next, juice the orange. Zest the second orange and set the zest to the side.
- Chop the bacon into bite size pieces and cook in a cast iron pan over medium high heat until you have crispy bacon pieces. Remove the crispy bacon pieces and place on a towel lined plate. Pour the bacon fat into a small bowl or jar and set aside. *see note above for cooking bacon in the oven
- Wash and dry the brussels sprouts and trim the ends and halve them.
- Place the brussels, orange rind and juice, 6 tbsp bacon fat (or whatever amount your bacon has rendered if less than that), chili flakes and maple syrup back into the cast iron skillet or onto a baking sheet.
- Season with salt and pepper and place in the oven. Roast for about 40 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the brussels are nice and crispy.
- Finish by adding the red wine vinegar and orange zest and bacon pieces. Toss everything together and serve.
If you enjoy this recipe let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave it a 5-star review! Your feedback is super helpful for others who want to make this recipe too. Enjoy!
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