This easy Maple Bacon Brussels sprouts recipe is the perfect side dish for any meal! With just a few ingredients, this side dish is packed with flavor that the whole family will love. And the best part - it's done in just 35 minutes!
I love these Brussels sprouts with a cold glass of Chardonnay and a chicken or beef main entree. Yum!
This one is really great for an easy weeknight meal. I also recommend these for any entertaining dinner - they're a fancy-feeling dish that is actually so easy to make!
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe Inspiration
These Maple Bacon Brussels sprouts are a fan favorite! My husband is a HUGE fan of Brussels sprouts. He could eat them every single day and frequently requests them at our dinner table.
We love roasting Brussels sprouts, but we wanted to level them up as a great side dish for entertaining.
Enter maple syrup and bacon!
The maple syrup and bacon add a sweet and savory element to the this dish. And with the crispy Brussels sprouts, everything comes together perfectly. Plus, toasted pine nuts are a great pop of texture to the dish.
For added flavor, add fresh herbs like thyme or Italian parsley. It'll add a pop of freshness that is absolutely delicious. Trust me.
Here are the ingredients you will need for this recipe:
- Brussels sprouts - cut in halves or quarters, whichever you prefer! For crispier Brussels sprouts, cut in quarters.
- Olive Oil
- Maple Syrup
- Thick Cut Bacon
- Salt and Pepper
- Pine Nuts - Sometimes pine nuts can be hard to find - if you can't find them at your local store, you can get them on Amazon!
First, preheat your oven. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Combine Brussels sprouts, olive oil, maple syrup, bacon, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well and spread on the baking tray.
Spread evenly across the baking tray, ensuring that everything is spread evenly on that baking tray. This will help make sure everything is cooked evenly.
Bake Brussels sprouts for 20 minutes. Stir, then bake for an additional 10 minutes. If you like the Brussels sprouts very crispy, bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until they reach a doneness to your liking.
While the Brussels sprouts are baking, make the toasted pine nuts.
Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add pine nuts and toast for 2 minutes, until the pine nuts are golden brown. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
Top roasted Brussels sprouts with pine nuts and serve.
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Recipe Substitutions and Variations
If you can't find or don't like some of the ingredients in this recipe, here are a few common substitutions and variations.
Turkey Bacon - If you don't eat bacon, turkey bacon is a great substitute in this recipe and would still be delicious. Just keep an eye and make sure it doesn't burn in the oven!
Honey - Honey is a great sweet substitution for maple syrup for this recipe. Agave would also be a great substitution!
Almonds - Almonds would be a great substitution for pine nuts in this recipe. Almonds would be great chopped or sliced. Definitely still toast them in olive oil per the recipe instructions.
Oils - Canola oil would be a good substitution for olive oil in this recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about Brussels sprouts:
If your Brussels sprouts aren't crispy, you probably don't have enough fat in your dish. Adding a fatty ingredient like bacon or olive oil will help your Brussels sprouts achieve a crispy texture.
Roasted chicken, slow cooked beef, and a rich cheese are all delicious pairings with Brussels sprouts.
You'll want to trim the ends of Brussels sprouts off before cutting them in half or quarters.
More Side Dish Recipes
Here are some more side dishes that you will love!
Cannellini Aglio e Olio - I LOVE this side dish. It's super easy, its delicious, and it goes with just about anything. This Cannellini Aglio e Olio is amazing paired with roast chicken and a salad. Save this one when you need to make a side dish in a pinch!
Roasted Carrots with Yogurt, Walnuts, and Mint - This side dish feels super fancy, but is actually so much easier than you'd think. It's a super unique recipe that is delicious with roasted beef or lamb.
Sautéed Whole Garlic Mushrooms - Mushrooms are such a great side dish - they're rich in flavor and great with so many foods. These whole sautéed garlic mushrooms are SO good. With butter, herbs, and a splash of white wine, your whole family will be a fan.
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
For the Brussels sprouts:
- 1 lb Brussels sprouts cut in half
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 6 slices thick cut bacon sliced in 1 in pieces
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
For the Pine Nuts:
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ cup pine nuts
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Combine Brussels sprouts, olive oil, maple syrup, bacon, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Mix well. Lay on a baking sheet, ensuring the Brussels sprouts and bacon are spread evenly.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Stir, then bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- While the Brussels sprouts are baking, heat olive oil on medium-low heat in a skillet. Add pine nuts and toast for 2 minutes, until golden. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Top roasted Brussels sprouts with pine nuts and serve.