Thanksgiving Side Dish: Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Bacon

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Thanksgiving Side Dish: Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Bacon

By Katie Goodman
I know, I know. Brussels sprouts. I can almost see you rolling your eyes. But they’re really quite tasty when they’re cooked almost any way BUT boiled. If you’re looking for something different to feature at your table this Thanksgiving, this recipe for Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Bacon will surely be a crowd-pleaser despite the vegetable’s bad rap.
I prefer to cut my Brussels sprouts in halves or quarters. They cook faster and seem to be tastier. The outside doesn’t get overcooked while you’re waiting on the inside, their color stays more vibrant, and they’re easier to eat. Bacon is a great match with Brussels sprouts. Add to that some maple syrup, and you won’t even realize you’re eating the vegetable you hated as a child.

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1 1/4 lb Brussels sprouts
1/4 cup diced center cut bacon, uncooked
1 large Shallot, chopped
2 teaspoons Butter
2 teaspoons Olive oil
1/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Maple syrup


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Step 1: Wash and trim the Brussels sprouts. Discard any wilted or dirty outer leaves. Trim the stems slightly to remove part of the stump, but not too close, or else the leaves will all fall apart. Cut in quarters. Set aside.
Step 2: Peel the skin off the shallot and roughly chop. Set aside.
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Step 3: In a large sauté skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and shallot and sauté until the bacon is cooked through and crisp and the shallot is tender.
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Add the Brussels sprouts and sauté for 2 minutes.
Step 4: Add 1/4 cup of water to the pan and cover with a lid. Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, or until desired tenderness is achieved. Remove lid, cook off remaining water and stir in the maple syrup. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve immediately.
About the Author:
Katie Goodman blogs at goodLife {eats} where she shares what she finds good in the kitchen and in life through recipes, family memories, and yummy photography. She also works as a freelance food writer and photographer for various sites. Outside of cooking, Katie loves reading, gardening, visiting family, and attending the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she resides with her husband and two children.

3 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Side Dish: Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Bacon

  1. maneneko says:

    I always had a gut feeling that people just don’t know how to cook brussel sprouts right. That theory was put to the test today with this recipe, and holy cow, this was friggen amazing!!! I LOVE IT! Tonight was just a test run for Thanksgiving, and I will definitely serve these! The only thing I will change is the timing to add the shallots. They burned a little.

  2. tom says:

    I have friends coming over for dinner tonight.. usually when they come over, I serve Delisio pizza or something else that requires no real skill. I think they will be blown away when they show up and see me cutting up real vegetables with a knife. I hope they don;t get scared and leave before thrying these, because I’m pretty sure they are going to be delicious!

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