Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries is always a crowd pleasing side dish recipe, perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner! Everyone will be asking for the recipe!
Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries is my go to Thanksgiving side dish recipe. With Brussel sprouts, you either love ’em or hate ’em. In this house, we love them. Sprouts are so underrated. They get a bad rap and are a little stinky when you are cooking them, but I am going to make a bold claim and say that there is no veggie more delicious than a oven roasted brussel sprout. Agreed? I hope so.
Fresh Brussel sprouts is one of my favorite quick side dish recipes, but the addition of balsamic vinegar makes them even better! This adds some sweetness, since sprouts can be somewhat bitter, and the sugar in the vinegar allows them to get caramelized and crispy in the oven. After roasting, I toss in some dried cranberries and crispy bacon. These flavors all play so well together and I love the salty bite of the bacon with the cranberries. Cranberries+Bacon+Brussel Sprouts=A match made in Heaven. All you need is a well loved sheet pan to make oven roasted brussel sprout magic, no fancy cooking techniques required!
I first made this brussel sprouts with balsamic recipe a few years ago for Thanksgiving and it has become my favorite way to prepare them. It is fast and easy enough for a weeknight, but they are dressed up enough that they are great for a special occasion or holiday. I made them this year both for my Easter dinner at my in-laws and for my own Easter dinner at our house. They are best made right before serving, but still taste great reheated the next day as leftovers.
Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries (whew, that’s a mouthful!) is a delicious recipe for any sprout lover and so good that you may get convert some non-believers as well! Looking for another delicious brussel sprout recipe? Try my panko and parmesan roasted sprouts or rigatoni with shredded brussels and bacon! Both are SO yummy!!
How to make roasted brussel sprouts with bacon and cranberries
Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries
This easy roasted brussel sprout recipe is perfect as a holiday side dish, or for any occasion when you need a flavor packed vegetable recipe!
- 2 lbs. brussel sprouts stalk cut off and then halved
- 2 tbsp. real maple syrup
- 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 6 slices of turkey or pork bacon diced into bite sized pieces
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries or craisins
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, toss together the brussel sprouts, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
Distribute evenly in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
Cook for 15 minutes, then remove from oven and stir. Return to oven.
Meanwhile, cook bacon until crispy in a frying pan. (alternatively, you could use precooked bacon)
10-15 minutes after you returned the sprouts to the oven, check them and if they are brown and crispy around the edges, they are done.
Remove from oven and add the cooked bacon and the cranberries. Stir to evenly distribute.
Taste for seasonings and add more salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
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