Using only three ingredients, these bacon wrapped brussels sprouts can be great as a side dish or an appetizer. Bring these bacon appetizers to your next office party, pitch in or potluck to be the star of the show! Everyone knows that bacon makes EVERYTHING better!
In a sometimes confusing world, it’s good to know one universal truth: Bacon makes everything better! Sure, cou can simply add bacon to recipes, like this Crack Chicken Casserole or these Spinach and Bacon Pinwheels. But wrapping things in bacon is even better! We’ve made Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops (pork wrapped in pork? Yes please!), Bacon Wrapped Green Beans, Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos (on the grill). So, we are stoked to add these Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts to the list!
Are Brussels Sprouts Good For You?
Plus, they are really good for you! Brussels sprouts are low in calories but high in fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. They include Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. All of these things can help your immune system, bone health and they promote a healthy digestive system. They are also a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids and there is research that even says they may help reduce the risk of cancer!
Does Bacon Taste Good With Brussels Sprouts?
Yes! While good old fashioned Roasted Brussels Sprouts are delicious on their own. Pairing them with bacon is often done because it adds some fat, salt and flavor. You’ll often see bacon and brussels sprouts hanging out in a dish together, like in the Brussels Sprouts Casserole or Brussels Sprouts Salad.
How To Make Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
This recipe is SOOOO easy. It really is only two ingredients. Yes, we added some pepper, but this recipe certainly doesn’t need it. If you are not a big fan of pepper, you can certainly omit it and let the bacon do it’s work alone.
Simply prepare your Brussels Sprouts-more on that below- and wrap them in bacon. Sprinkle with pepper if desired and pop them in the oven at 375 for about 30 minutes! So easy!
How To Prepare Brussels Sprouts
It all starts in the grocery store. You want to be looking for very fresh, bright green brussels sprouts. If they are dull in color or have brown spots on their leaves, you don’t want them.
Prepare them by cutting them off the stem if you need to. Then cut out any imperfections. If a couple of them have brown spots on the leaves, no worries, just pull those leaves off. Finally, rinse them well in cold water and dry completely.
Preparing your Brussels Sprouts may be a little bit time consuming. If you feel time may be a factor on the day you are planning on serving them, you can certainly prepare the brussels sprouts the day before and keep them in your fridge.
Notes, Tips and FAQs
- HOW MUCH BACON DO YOU NEED?– We used a 16 ounce package of bacon that had 18 slices in it. That translated to just over about a half of a pound of fresh brussels sprouts to use all of the bacon. Additionally, you’ll want to use a thinner slice of bacon for this recipe. It will crisp up nicely and won’t take too long to cook.
- MAPLE BROWN SUGAR GLAZE- You will see a lot of versions of this recipe that have a maple and brown sugar glaze. To do this, simply combine 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 2 tbsp of brown sugar. Brush each side of the bacon with the glaze before wrapping the Brussels Sprouts.
- WHAT SIZE BRUSSELS SPROUTS TO USE?– If you’ve had the same experience as me, you’ve really tiny Brussels Sprouts and super huge ones. Which is the best to use for this recipe? It doesn’t really matter, but you want to make sure you are keeping them all about the same size for that the bake time is the same. If they are too large, you may want to think about cutting them in half.
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This recipe will make 18 Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts. Enjoy!
bacon wrapped brussels sprouts
- 1 package 16 oz, bacon
- 18 fresh brussels sprouts
- black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
Wrap each brussels sprout in bacon. Start by placing the sprout on one end of the bacon and roll the bacon around the sprout and place on prepared baking sheet, making sure the end of the bacon is placed down.
Repeat until all bacon is used and all sprouts are wrapped. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until bacon is cooked and crispy.
Place a toothpick in each sprout and serve hot.
This recipe is SOOOO easy. It really is only two ingredients. Yes, we added some pepper, but this recipe certainly doesn't need it. If you are not a big fan of pepper, you can certainly omit it and let the bacon do it's work alone.
We used a 16 ounce package of bacon that had 18 slices in it. That translated to just over about a half of a pound of fresh brussels sprouts to use all of the bacon.
Although we didn't try this variation this time, I have seen people make their Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with some maple syrup added. It would be easy to do this if you wanted to try. Just add 1/4 cup of maple syrup to the recipe. Then lay out the bacon strips flat and brush each one with maple syrup before using them to wrap up the brussels sprouts.