These Bacon Brussel Sprouts will convince you that Brussels sprouts are actually delicious! Paired with the smoky, salty bacon, they are easily, and quickly transformed into a masterpiece. A perfect side dish for practically any dinner!
These Bacon Brussels Sprouts are a combination of delicious flavors. The crispy, caramelized layers of the Brussels sprouts, combined with the savory-ness of the onions, and richness of the bacon. Topped with the tangy balsamic glaze, their hard to resist.
How to Spell Brussels Sprouts?
The correct name is Brussels sprouts because the vegetable was originally cultivated in Belgium in the 16th century. Brussels is the capital of Belgium.
This means the B in Brussels sprouts should always be capitalized, and the name is Brussels Sprouts and not Brussel sprouts. Even if you are only referring to one sprout, it is still Brussels sprout.
Ingredients needed to make Brussel Sprouts with Bacon:
This is a quick overview of the ingredients you’ll need for this Balsamic and Bacon Brussel Sprouts Recipe. Specific measurements and full recipe instructions are in the printable recipe card below.
- bacon – brings such a nice salty flavor to the dish
- olive oil – helps roast the Brussels sprouts, and crisp them up
- yellow onion – adds a nice savory flavor to the dish
- Brussels sprouts – cooked correctly they should have a nice nutty, and slightly sweet flavor
- salt and pepper – add to taste, they enhance the flavors of the dish
How to make Bacon Brussel Sprouts Recipe?
- Trim the stem off the end of the Brussels sprouts, and cut them in half. Cut the bacon into small pieces. Add the bacon to a large sauté pan and cook it over medium heat to your desired crispness. Scoop out the bacon with a slotted spoon and add it to a plate lined with paper towels.
- Add the olive oil to the pan, with the bacon grease left in the pan. Then add in the Brussels sprouts, diced onions, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for about 8 to 12 minutes, stirring every couple minutes to cook them both through, and rotating the side of the sprouts touching the pan to get golden crisped edges on the tops and bottoms of them. Cook until the onion pieces are sauteed and soft, and the sprouts are fork tender.
- Return the bacon to the pan and cook for another minute.
- Drizzle with balsamic glaze and enjoy hot.
Tips and Tricks for Brussel Sprouts with Bacon:
- Crispiness. You want your sprouts to have nice crisp edges. To ensure this will happen you want to have a pan that gives them enough space to cook without overcrowding, and you want to let them cook inside down for at least a couple minutes to crisp up.
- Quality Ingredients. You want to choose a good quality bacon, and sprouts that don’t look bruised, or old for the best flavor.
- Seasoning. Experiment with adding other seasonings, like garlic powder, paprika, or a little parmesan cheese.
How to store leftovers?
It’s rare to have leftovers, but if you do, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. You can store them for up to 2 or 3 days.
Reheat them in the microwave if you don’t mind a softer texture, or the oven or air-fryer (lined with foil so you don’t lose the bacon and onions) to maintain crispiness at 350 F till hot.
These Bacon Brussels Sprouts are such a delicious, easy dish that will convince even the strictest critics. They’re a great addition to your next dinner!
Bacon Brussel Sprouts
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts (trimmed, and halved)
- 4 strips thick cut bacon
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 1/2 large onion (chopped)
- 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
- 1/4 tsp black pepper (to taste)
- 1 TBS balsamic glaze
- Cut a thin slice off the stalks of each of the Brussels sprouts. Remove any bruised outer leaves, and cut the sprouts in half.
- Dice the bacon into small pieces.
- Add the bacon to a large skillet and cook it over medium heat until crispy.
- Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon, to a paper towel lined plate. Leaving the rest of the bacon grease in the pan.
- Add the olive oil to the pan. Add the cut Brussels sprouts, onions, and salt and pepper to the pan and cook, stirring every couple of minutes until golden brown, and the Brussels sprouts are fork tender.** About 8 to 12 minutes.
- Return the bacon bits to the pan, and cook for another minute. Taste and add more salt or pepper as needed.
- Drizzle balsamic glaze over the top if desired, and serve hot.