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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon
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Gluten-Free30 minutes
These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples are an easy and healthy side dish for any time of the year!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon

I’m relatively new to the world of the B-sprouts. I’m sure my parents had me try them as a kid and I said, “YUCK!” and spit them back out. But as an adult? I just started to get on the Brussels train a few years back. I love how sweet, crunchy and caramelized the little leaves get when roasted in a scorching hot oven.

They are amazing roasted on their own with just a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper, but sometimes, you want to up the ante just a little bit. WITH APPLES. AND BACON. Boom.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon

Because Brussels naturally get sweet when roasted, it works well to pair them with other sweet foods like apples and maple syrup. A little bit of salty bacon helps keep the flavor from tipping too far to the sugar-y side. I love this side dish because it works for fancy dinners like Thanksgiving, but it  comes together in a flash and would be a great veggie side for any weeknight dinner, as well.

To prepare Brussels sprouts for cooking, I like to lop off the stem end of each sprout with a sharp knife and then halve them. By halving them, I find that the roasted yummy flavor gets in every little crevice of the sprout. It is worth the extra time it takes to slice and dice ’em. When looking for Brussels in the store, look for smallish, tightly packed sprouts. You’ll lose a few leaves when trimming, but ideally, the sprout should mostly stay together. For a full primer on how to perfectly roast Brussels sprouts, check out this post. 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples are an easy and healthy side dish for any time of the year!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed and halved
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the Brussels sprouts, apple and bacon. Set aside.
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar.
  4. Pour the olive oil mixture into the Brussels sprouts mixture and toss to coat.
  5. Transfer the Brussels sprouts onto a large baking sheet. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  6. Roast in oven for 15-20 minutes, turning once halfway through, or until sprouts are tender and brown.

Notes

For a low sugar option, simply omit the maple syrup.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. I gotta try this one! I am addicted to Brussels sprouts and jumped on the train about a year ago as well. I buy the 3lb bag at Costco and keep to myself! As a kid, my mom always used her steamer to cook these, and it stunk up the house for days! No way was I going to try those then. Roasting is the way to go, must try this recipe!

  2. This is funny–I just made roasted brussels sprouts with apples last night. I never tried them as a kid or even young adult. My first time making them was last year and I couldn’t believe how good they were. They totally don’t deserve their bad reputation!

  3. This looks absolutely fantastic! I love the idea of adding the apples, what a lovely touch. I love brussels sprouts, especially when roasted. They’re much better than people give them credit to!

  4. Dixie

    I have always loved brussels sprouts, even when I was little. I have 3 awesome sprout recipes I love but will definitely be trying this one. Hmm… maybe a dry run before Thanksgiving since this is the veg dish I always make. Thanks!

  5. I want to join you as you go back to a journey towards a healthier you…I am kinda’ doing the same. Let’s go back to basics, and together enjoy life. Such a hearty recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Cassie

      Not sure, I haven’t tried it! But I bet the nice crunch, caramelized texture would be lost in the process. And the apples might not make it. let me know if you try it!

  6. Ilse

    These brussel sprouts look fantastic! I want to make them tonight, but I have just one question. Every other recipe for roaste brussel sprouts that I looked up, says to roast them in the oven for at least half an hour. Do yours come out tender after just 10-15? Or is all that extra time in the other recipes just to crisp them up? In any case, I’ll let you know how they turned out 🙂

    1. Cassie

      Mine came out perfectly tender and with a little bit of crunch. Not sure why other recipes have them in there for so long. Although, of course, it depends on your oven and your particular Brussels (small ones will cook quickly). Just keep an eye on ’em. 🙂 And let me know how you like them!

  7. Ilse

    Thanks for the quick reply 🙂 I just made them and me and my family really liked them. I did keep the sprouts in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, as they were neither browned nor tender after 15 minutes. However, that might be due to my particular oven or maybe the fact that I doubled the quantity of sprouts. Anyway, thanks for the great recipe 😉

  8. Neecy

    Hi,
    I am roasting the sprouts as I type. I went into a “Trader Joe’s” on the other day and they were offereing roasted sprouts to the customer to demo a few items from the store. On the East Coast Trader Joe’s is a health food market. The cook used salt, pepper, a special garlic olive oil, and get this….Asiago-Romano-Parmesean cheese sprinkled on top. It was delicious!!! I will try it on my family tonight! They hate brussel sprouts, but I know they will love this recipe.

  9. I’m not a BS fan either. As a child my dog became a fan since that was what was fed to her under the table. I’ve only recently started to spread my sprout wings so will be giving these a whirl. Your pic and recipe have converted me.

  10. I cooked them for 15 minutes but for some reason it wasn’t really enough as they were still quite hard…they were also really bitter and I’m not sure whether I did something wrong. Should I have boiled them a bit before roasting?

  11. WOW! I made these tonight, and my husband thought it was so good, he called his parents to brag about my cooking as soon as he finished! I consider that a huge wifey success. Thanks SO much for this recipe!

  12. Fran Olson

    Hey Cassie I am traveling one hour for Thanksgiving have you ever made these and then traveled? I am worried that they would get soggy? Thanks Fran

  13. Milhouse

    My variation includes:

    1 pound Brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed and halved
    1 large tart apple, cored and diced
    8 slices, thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
    1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil
    1 tablespoons maple syrup
    3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    one bushell of chopped scallions (green onions) per 1 pound of brussels

    throw in the broiler at the end for 3 to 4 min for extra crispiness

  14. katie

    I am eating this for the first time as I type. I just had to come back and tell you how delicious it was! Wow! And my kitchen smells amazing 🙂 Thank you!!

  15. AK

    Hi there, just dropping a line to let you know that your website does not load on mobile devices (mine is a iPhone 6).. Just a blank page shows up. I tried every possible fix from my end (different browser, data vs wifi, etc).

    1. Julie @ Wholefully

      Thanks for the heads up! The site was down for a bit yesterday/this morning, so that might have been the problem. We will look into it!

  16. Cynthia Miles

    These taste exactly like the roasted brussel sprouts that go for $8 as a side dish at a local fine dining restaurant. I’ve tried similar recipes, but yours is spot on!

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