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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples

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

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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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 303mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 14gProtein: 7g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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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46 Responses
  1. Lydia

    I love this recipe, so much, and have made it often. I also love brussels sprouts made in the air fryer. I’m attempting to make an entire Thanksgiving dinner all by myself this year (thanks, Covid!) and am worried about oven space. Do you think this recipe would adapt itself well to the air fryer?

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Lydia! We haven’t tried this recipe in the air fryer so we can’t say for sure how it would turn out. If you try it, please report back how it goes! Best of luck with your Thanksgiving dinner. We’re so excited that some of our recipes will be on your holiday table this year!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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

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